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 2019
Go Green Week was held nationally between the 11th and 15th February. To celebrate and raise awareness of environmental issues the Energy and Sustainability department held events across the University during the week.
Meat Free Monday
Aramark offered a meat free menu in the canteen and a selection of fresh fruit in the reception area for staff, students and visitors.
If 10 million people committed to going meat free for one meal a week the impact would be extraordinary. It would reduce CO2 emissions enough to drive around the world 2,438 times and reduce water usage by the equivalent of 5000 Olympic swimming pools.
Take a look Tuesday
On Tuesday Pip Francis who is based at the Northop Campus showcased the campus and the green activities it has to offer.
Pip also promoted biodiversity and the role Glyndwr plays in the biological resources available to us. Biodiversity is the term used to describe a variety of living beings on earth, it describes the degree of variation of life, encompassing microorganisms, plants, animals and ecosystems.
Waste not Wednesday
On Waste not Wednesday we were kindly joined by Groundwork North Wales, Hafren Dyfrdwy, Veolia, Glyndwr’s Green Champions, Glyndwr’s E-learning and Glyndwr’s Energy and Sustainability Co-ordinator.
Groundwork shared top tips on how to save water, energy and money in the homes and at work.
Veolia highlighted problems in sending waste to landfill, and highlighted the progress that Glyndwr University is making with this. In 2017 the University diverted 53% of its waste from landfill. In 2018, 89% of our waste was diverted and by 2020 we aim to have 100% of our waste diverted. (Ref. Veolia).
Visitors to the stand were shown what materials can be recycled and staff and students were encouraged to recycle as much as possible in the University and at home.
Hafren Dyfrdwy joined us to share information for saving money on your water bills with their Here2Help scheme, offer those with low disposable income to save a reduction on their annual water bill.
Glyndwr Green Champions Nicola and Molly were on hand to sign up new Green Champions. They displayed information on what being a Green Champion is all about and also ran a quiz to test peoples knowledge of energy and sustainability! Wild meadow seed bombs were given out to visitors so that they can grow their own mini meadow which will in turn attract bees and other insects.
Fiona, our Energy and Sustainability co-ordinator, shared infomation about how the university works hard to save energy and become more environmentally friendly.
Our SHE officer Claire displayed the new e-learning packages that are on offer, with a wide range of learning availble here. She also was taking suggestions for what green initiatives we could use the Aramark 20p charge on single use cups towards, some interesting ideas were shared.
On Travel Thursday Alf Jones Cycles joined us to encourange staff to cycle to work. By cycling to work not only can you improve your physical fitness and help your bank account you also contribute to a greener environment. The cycle to work scheme offers Glyndwr staff the opportunity to get up to £1000 of bike and accessories. You pay a monthly salary sacrifice to hire the bike and kit and over a 12 month period you have the option to purchase the bike at a discount.
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’.
Fairtrade Fortnight 25 February to 10 March 2019
Fairtrade University Status
Did you know, it’s been over a year now since the University was officially awarded Fairtrade University Status on Monday 29th January 2018? The Fairtrade Foundation commented on our application,“Well done, you have provided us with an incredibly detailed set of policies that extensively illustrate your commitment to Fairtrade and the steps put in place to ensure that a high standard of ethical practice is maintained. We are impressed by your motivation and it is great to see the possible collaboration with Wrexham’s Fairtrade group”.
Fairtrade Certified Products at WGU
Wrexham Glyndwr University sells Fairtrade products throughout all its catering outlets including the Students Union and offers Fairtrade products at all in-house and external meetings.
Each year for two weeks over February and March, Fairtrade puts a spotlight on trade through the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign. Together with Fairtrade farmers and workers, campaigners and businesses up and down the country, they highlight the difference Fairtrade can make to lives and communities.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 will focus on cocoa, women and living income.
Fairtrade Fortnight Competition to win Fairtrade Goodies
A competition was run to win some Fairtrade Goodies, by baking delicious Fairtrade chocolate treats to share in support of the ‘She deserves Fairtrade section’ reporting on exploitation of women cocoa farmers and how Fairtrade supports women’s empowerment.
We will be taking part in Earth Hour: 8:30pm 30 March 2019. This year, Earth Hour, which is organised by WWF, will take place from 8.30pm until 9.30pm (local time) on Saturday 30 March. Every year millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights and make noise for the Earth Hour movement
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.
Check out our Pack for good report
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.