As a Students' Union we recognise that all of our activities, services and products have an impact on our environment. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we believe that managing the environmental and ethical implications of our activities should be an integral part of good management practice and responsible corporate governance.
What are we doing?
REDUCING SINGLE USE PLASTIC
Plastic straws are banned from venues. Straws can cause a lot of damage to marine life. Straws suck!
VK bottles are currently plastic instead of glass for safety reasons. The SU are working with Global Brands (who supply VK) to be more sustainble. This includes the possibility of trialing VK cans in the future.
Instead of cutting down and buying a real christmas tree, this year we also created a sustainable VK christmas tree with used VK bottles from our club nights!
For Freshers Week 2019 we moved towards more eco-freindly wristbands by using fabric made from the recycled polyester material rPET
- Free water bottles and coffee cups
The SU has given out free reusable water bottles and coffee cups at multiple times throughout the year to decrease the usage of non-reusable cups
Youngs, Pizzaman and Vendors at the Thursday Market are in the process of switching to more eco-friendly packaging and utensils for their takeaways!
The SU lobbied the University to provide 11 new water stations on campus, in a bid to encourage the use of reusable water bottles and reducing the amount of shop bought single use water bottles. The stations were installed in March 2020.
ENCOURAGING RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION
The Food Co-operative
In the 2019 AMM, a motion was passed for the SU to create a Food Co-op! We are currently in the process of setting this up with a team of student volunteers to be an integral part of the Thursday Market. To get involved please contact email@example.com
In the 2019/20 and 2020/21
academic years, Surrey students voted for sustainability to be the Union’s priority
campaign, through the ‘Make Your Change’ vote.
The Student Sustainability Forum gives any students the opportunity to hear about the University’s progress and plans, share their opinion on sustainability at Surrey, provide feedback on sustainability initiatives and have their questions answered by the University’s management team.
‘Sustainable Surrey’ as an
ongoing campaign led by the Community Zone.
Activities planned are largely online but include clubs and societies
sharing their sustainable activities, advertising fundraising and campaigning
opportunities and a communications approach which sets out how and where
students can be more sustainable, including contributions from student
BIODIVERSITY ON CAMPUS
Bird boxes / Bus stops / Hedgehogs
The SU has been working to improve wildlife levels/habitats on campus, hence they have introduced a series of bird boxes! Furthermore, the SU is in talks to establish green spaces on top of the bus stops on campus. The University is now a bronze accredited Hedgehog Friendly Campus due to the hard work of students and staff of the University!
- Come to the Sustainability Forum
- Become a Sustainability Rep for a club or society
- Join Enactus, Engineers Without Borders, Surrey Garden Society and/or People and Planet Society
- Adopt positive environmental lifestyle habits, for example, switching off electrical appliances and lights if not in use. Some more tips to living a more sustainable lifestyle include being more considerate with your water usage, reducing and recycling your waste in addition to supporting Fairtrade and sustainable products along with eating more local, seasonal food where possible.
- Take part in Reduce the Juice!
- For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainability Week 2021
Sustainability Week is running from March 1st - March 5th and will consist of a variety of online events, webinars and workshops all about sustainability.
|SU insta take over - all day||Climate Change and Crime - talk by Dr Tom Roberts 6pm||Reduce The Juice Webinar 3pm|
Instagram Live from ETAN 6pm
|Campus Litterpick 2pm|
Sign up at surreyvolunteering.com
Links coming soon!
Dr Tom Roberts talk -
Log your hours!
If you have already been involved in our initiatives, you can now log the hours you have been involved in on the Surrey Volunteering platform: