News, Events & Campaigns
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, take a look -
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Our events & campaigns 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.
Hedgehog Friendly Campus
Wrexham Glyndwr University has signed up to become a Hedgehog Friendly Campus. In the last 20 years hedgehog numbers in the UK have declined by up to half due to traffic, litter and a lack of natural habitats. Working alongside the British Hedgehog Preservation Society we are working to make our campuses a safe and suitable space for hedgehogs to thrive.We undertake hedgehog surveys, organise litter picks, provide safe places for them to eat and drink and raise awareness on what to do if you find a sick hog.
Go Green Week
Go Green Week is held nationally in February but due to COVID, WGU rescheduled ours for April.
To celebrate and raise awareness of environmental issues the Energy and Sustainability department hold events across the University during the month including:
- Earth Day competition - Nature photography.
- Sunflower competition - Who can grow the tallest (starter kits provided)
On Tuesday Rebekah Baddeley showed us how to create crafts from sustainable materials and David Sprake gave a lecture on 'Climate Change and How to Fix it'. Both available via zoom.
Q&A with Veolia and WGU Estates. Discussions consisted of WGU 's current project to increase recycling across the university and what happens to our waste. Veolia highlighted problems in sending waste to landfill, and highlighted the progress that WGU has made going from 2017 where WGU diverted 53% of waste from landfill to 2021 where we now divert 100% from landfill.
We are currently promoting the Refill app which aims to reduce waste by making refilling your water bottle easy and convenient. WGU have logged our free water refill stations and we are encouraging our students and staff to take advantage.
Karen McGowen lead outdoor yoga with a guided meditation walk in the beautiful bluebell woods at Northop Campus. and Kevin Jones ran The Big Green Quiz via Kazoo.
A hedgehog survey webinar with our hedgehog friendly campus team to learn how to survey and about the species.
Fairtrade Open Days
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’.
Did you know we became a Fairtrade University in 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 Competition to win Fairtrade Goodies
We run competitions to win Fairtrade Goodies,
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
Or simply purchasing a Fairtrade item enters you into a prize draw to win some goodies.
In March we take part in Earth Hour.
Each year, Earth Hour, organised by WWF, takes place from 8.30pm until 9.30pm (local time). Every year millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, the Universities residents switch off their lights, go outside 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.
In 2018 WGU started a food collection for unwanted tinned and packet food which is still ongoing today.
The food is 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.