At the University of Exeter Students' Guild we believe that caring for the environment begins with a resolve that we do as we say - year in and year out. Being green does not mean going without, but being more thoughtful about what we buy, who we buy it from, what we dispose of, how we get rid of our rubbish and who disposes of it for us. It is also about understanding the fragile balance of the natural world, being sensitive to our environment and learning to share with the other creatures inhabiting the same space.
We are fortunate to be surrounded by verdant hills and picture perfect scenery. It is for this reason that we began to focus on the environment and make a step change to ensure that future generations will experience the same beautiful landscape.
The Students' Guild achieved ISO14001:2004 on 23 April 2013 following successful Acorn accreditation (BS8555) on 22 November 2012. We also successfully retained the ISO14001:2004 in April 2015. Surveillance audits take place throughout the 3 year certification, which comes to an end in 2016. In April 2016, the full EMS will be audited in order to remain ISO certified.
We have achieved NUS Green Impact Gold & Excellence since 2012, and this year we are undertaking a research project, in the hope to achieve Green Impact Excellence.
The work of the Students’ Green Unit enabled many student led projects to take place between 2013 and 2015. We are extremely pleased that the Green Unit will continue to run in 2015-16. Please see http://www.exeterguild.org/greenunit/ for more details.
We strive to improve year upon year adapting to the various changes within a vibrant student environment. Do you have an environmentally friendly idea for the Students’ Guild? Submit it here: http://www.exeterguild.org/change/ideas/