There are a variety of sustainability related opportunities to sample at the University. We are always looking for innovative, creative and enthusiastic students to take part in “green” initiatives, such as the inspiring Global Sunrise Project, which sees students capturing environmental actions on video to raise money for a solar power project in Sierra Leone. Or why not become an auditor for the green impact awards or pledge to save energy in your accommodation.
Studentswitchoff a not-for-profit energy saving competition which has been running at the University for the past five years, signing up hundreds of eco-power rangers pledging to save energy. The ‘heat is off’ as students compete between halls to be crowned the most energy efficient. Substantial energy and carbon savings have been achieved since running this campaign. Have a look at the Facebook page.
Every year since 2008 the University has held its annual “zero waste” in halls project. Which encourages students to donate their unwanted belongings at the end of the summer term. Last year the we joined forces with Birmingham City Council, the Guild and the British Heart Foundation for the “In Waste Deep” campaign. A sum of £13,500 was raised last year! 200 plus duvets were also donated to both the Birmingham City Mission, a charity for the homeless and the Local Greyhound Trust. If this was not enough our Food Cycle volunteers received numerous donation packages, which were used to provide food for poorer communities in the Birmingham area.
Staff and students at universities have a reputation for consuming vast quantities of tea and coffee-and of course, chocolate! In 2003, we made the decision to become a Fairtrade University by selling a selection of Fairtrade products within our university. This is celebrated widely during fairtrade fortnight when the students get the opportunity to hold events around campus to support fairtrade.