The Environment and Sustainability annual budget is used to implement sustainability projects and to raise awareness amongst both students and staff. This involves managing a variety of different projects, including staff/student engagement schemes such as Green Champions and participating in Green events. Our events are designed to get everyone thinking about energy, sustainability and carbon reduction. We also celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and are right behind the Fairtrade message, simple shopping choices enabling farmers to obtain better deals, allowing them to make their own decisions and control their own futures, leading a dignified life.
Along with this we also look to engage with other organisations. Take a look at the below link that was published in the Public Sector Sustainability Magazine.
The article is about how Glyndŵr University and Wrexham County Borough Council are encouraging their employees to help reduce their energy consumption. Employee awareness campaigns are being launched across the main offices of both organisations. These campaigns will be based on office energy audits which will identify potential areas for reducing energy usage.
Go Green Week
The University actively participates in People & Planet’s, Go Green week every February. The purpose of the week is to engage and encourage staff and students at the university to get involved with our green issues. 2018’s Go Green Week was a great success. The events were well attended by students and staff alike and hundreds of timers and shower water reducers were given out to encourage everyone to make a small change in their own daily lives. The week aimed to make sustainability fun and accessible for all. WGU and WgSU ran a range of activities across campuses including Wildflower Planting, Eco-Art Workshops, Crafting your Own Apple Tree and Bee Conservation Workshops. There were skill shares and food-based events. Each year we invite organisations in to help us promote the event and visitors to our Go Green fair included, the local Fairtrade group, Our waste contractor Veolia, RSPB, Local allotments and local producers using ingredients from the area.
We have already started planning for Go Green Week 2019. Staff and students are becoming more involved each year as Sustainability becomes increasingly important.
We take the opportunity to promote Fairtrade at some of our open days. We included a delicious Fairtrade flapjack along with a leaflet explaining what Fairtrade is, why it is important and how everyone can make a difference. The Fairtrade flapjacks go down an absolute treat which raises Fairtrade’s profile within university amongst students, staff and visitors.
Annually, the Sustainability Action Group hold a ’Christmas Switch off Campaign’. Take a look at the report below to see what happened at our last big ‘switch off’.
WGU host a Fairtrade fortnight 2018 was the 10th anniversary for Wales being a Fairtrade Nation we and we celebrated through the fortnight with Fairtrade banana pancake breakfasts, Fairtrade stalls and Fairtrade hamper giveaway. Details are yet to be confirmed for 2019 fortnight but we will be running a whole range of events and activities that will include:
- Fairtrade afternoon teas
- Fairtrade bake-off contests
- Speakers and debates
- Fairtrade pub quiz
WGU joined Earth Hour for the first time in 2017 and it has now become a regular on our sustainability event calendar. It was observed in March 2018 with students choosing to sit around a campfire and roast marshmallows instead of watching TV or using their computers.
People all over the world supported the environmental day by turning off their lights. The world turned dark from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm to conserve electricity as well as to unite in the battle for the environment.
WGU currently have BHF Recycling drop off points around our campuses. The aim is to encourage staff, students and visitors not to throw away their unwanted items in a bid to saving the environment and with BHS, save someone’s life.
Dropping your clothes in a BHF collection bin means that they will be given a new life. Recycling your old items will not only prevent those greenhouse gases from being emitted but also lessens the need for newly manufactured clothes, effectively cutting down on the environmental damage incurred in the textile manufacturing process.
From all permanent sites across campus from 1st October 2017 – 31st March 2018 (49 bags = up to £686 during the winter months!)
So far Week 1-13 (1st April – 24th June 2018) WGU have donated £952.00 worth which is fantastic.
In 2018 WGU started a food collection for unwanted tinned and packet food. It was donated to our local food bank as residents are departing. We encouraged residents to get involved to drop off their donated food at our accommodation offices before they checked out of WGU accommodation.
The Foodbank relies on goodwill and support. They always welcome donations and use them to provide help to people in crisis. Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbank is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to us a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food.