We have come to the end of Go Green Week 2020 but that doesn't mean the green should nor will stop.
This year has seen a lot of changes on campus, some you may be aware of and others perhaps not! On the 20 May 2019 we saw the university declare a climate emergency and since then a white paper was released on 11 November 2019 outlining all the aims and goals set to help combat this.
Here is the white paper if you want to give it a read! WARNING: IT’S LONG!
A lot of work goes on behind the scene and there is potentially more going on that you don’t know about. Here is a little update on some of the projects the Guild and the University are currently delivering. Enjoy!
- The Guild have held ISO14001 accreditation since 2013. ISO14001 is an internationally recognised standard for Environmental Management Systems.
- The Guild have also achieved NUS Green Impact Gold & Excellence since 2012.
- The Guild's Cup For Life campaign that has had a huge impact on campus. 2.5 billion cups go to landfill each year. The Cup For Life campaign is aiming to tackle this problem by promoting more sustainable drinking on campus. This project promotes the reusable 'Cup for Life', available to buy in Students' Guild outlets for £5, whilst working with outlets to highlight discounts given on hot drinks purchased in any reusable mug.
- There is also an Exeter Veg Share that was started by the Guild and is now handed over to a society. They sell bags of cheap, organic, local veg on campus to make it super easy for you to eat a varied and sustainable diet! You can get one here.
- The Guild also ran with NUS funding an advance green unit for three years that achieved a number of projects, check them out here.
- One of the biggest things the Guild have introduced this year is a Zero Waste Section in the Guild shop.
Societies are incredible at being sustainable, a couple to note are:
BE THE CHANGE
ESV's ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT
The University is currently trialing a new lighting system in part of Streatham Farm. This will be expanded to the whole set of offices down there in the next few months. The end of March will see plans developed for all the wider university buildings to be updated with this lighting system.
The university is in the final stages of planning installation of photovoltaic panels across the campuses and by the end of summer they will be active on the Cricket Centre, the Innovation Centre and the South Cloisters (St Luke’s Campus). The end of March will see plans developed for all the wider rollout across university buildings to for further photovoltaic installations.
Car Park B has seen dramatic changes, with electric car charging stations and solar car ports now installed. There are 792 solar panels at the new and improved site which more than doubles the university’s previous stat. However, this car park is strictly for permit holders! There is some further information through this link about how the car park has been developed whilst being sensitive to the environment:
In October, the University signed a clean energy deal with another nineteen universities. This power purchase agreement commits all twenty of the universities to buying £50,000,000 worth of renewable energy from wind farms collectively. This both commits the Exeter to using renewable energy as well as helping to promote and grow the industry. For more information, you can access the webpage through the link below:
The University has recently changed over their waste provider and are now working with Exeter City Council to improve campus waste.
Thank you for reading and watch this space for more green activity!
DVP Sustainability & VP Welfare and Diversity