Staff and student suggestions
Wrexham Glyndŵr University encourages its staff and students to help us be more sustainable and to develop our environmental focus.
The Sustainability Advisory Forum meets quarterly to review environmental issues and drive forward our plans in this area.
We involve staff and students in all areas of the sustainability agenda, and will soon be launching an online sustainability forum for staff and students to discuss and share ideas and suggestions.
In the meantime staff and students are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org to help shape our policies and procedures.
If you've noticed something, no matter how big or small, which could help make the University more sustainable, please do get in touch.
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“Reduce single-use plastics”
With the drive to cut down on single-use plastic and use more environmentally friendly products gaining a huge amount of momentum, Student Union and Northop campus started phasing out single-use plastics in May 2018 and from 1st August 2018, the main campus will follow in their footsteps. Students and Staff are encouraged to supply their own drinking vessel for water from August 2018 onwards.
Aramark uses disposable packaging from a company called Vegware. The salad boxes are made from recycled sugar cane containing 99% less carbon than polystyrene.
“Commit to ethical employment”
The University has made a commitment to implement the Welsh Government’s Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains which seeks for all public sector organisations and universities in Wales to commit to a range of ethical employment practices including considering paying all of their staff the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage as a minimum; and encouraging their suppliers to do the same.
Wrexham Glyndwr University has committed to paying the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage as a minimum to all of its staff and this will be implemented during the 18/19 academic year. The University will also ensure that as part of any contracted service arrangements, for example in providing cleaning, catering and security services, that at the point of re-tendering, contractors commit to also pay the Living Wage Foundations Living Wage.
“Increase the number of drinking water fountains”
The Estates department has installed a new tap water, drinking fountain and it is located on the first floor of B Block at Wrexham Campus.
This fountain brings with it many benefits:
- Reduction of plastic waste from single-use bottles
- Easier access to drinking water for B Block and other university users
- Reducing the risk of litter being dropped around the Campus
“Improve planted areas”
A project led by staff, Claire Doran, Fiona Begg and Kim Johnson to improve planted areas around campuses and encourage more wildlife has started on the decking area in the quad at Wrexham campus and outside the main buildings at Northop Campus. The project was partly funded by WGU’s Sustainability Action Working Group and other plants were donated by staff, students and Dan Rose. They applied for the funding through SAWG and received £200 which was spent on a range of plants, pots and compost. They roped in the help of WGU’s Green Champions for a planting morning. Claire commented saying “We hope to inspire other members of staff to start sustainability-related projects that both students and staff can benefit from.”
If you would like to apply for funding from SAWG for a sustainability-related project, please email – email@example.com
“Improve the university recycling”
The university has reviewed is recycling practices and are introducing a programme of new recycling points with new bins and graphics to control the waste streams and reduce contamination.
“Encourage more involvement from the higher level staff in promoting sustainable events and campaigns”
For part of Go Green week, 2018 VC Professor Maria Hinfelaarled a lunchtime bike ride around campus which was reported on in The Leader. Director of Operations Lynda Powell also helped promote and attended Crispin Lane Clean-Up in March 2018.
“Create new green spaces and improve existing ones. Make them outdoor social learning spaces or places where students and staff can relax and unwind at lunch, etc.”
Techniquest Glyndŵr was successful in obtaining around £34K of funding to transform a derelict and unused area of ground to the rear of the LEIS building used by the popular Science Centre on the Plas Coch Campus of the University. The space will complement the indoor space of Techniquest Glyndŵr that houses over 75 hands-on interactive science exhibits. Once complete the Science Garden will offer a mixture of planted areas and features such as wheelchair friendly surfacing, raised beds and pond area, a composting area and a number of working exhibits of equipment that will illustrate the primary scientific themes of Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Recycling.
“Embed sustainability as part of all curriculum activity”
Our Foundation Year students, in all subjects across the University now, are required to complete a module on Contemporary Issues in which they study and discuss topics such as climate change and genetic modification.
“We want a space to grow our own fruit and veg”
We have built a collaborative with Flintshare the community led growing group and WGU societies Environmental Society (previously BotSoc) and ZooSoc Northop Campus. Staff and students can get involved and learn about planting different seeds, weeding, transplanting and pest control. You will develop a practical understanding of horticultural techniques by understanding how to make compost, dig beds, as well as gain knowledge about different plants, insects and the ecosystem.
“Re-commit to Fairtrade and encourage our new catering provider to use locally sourced ingredients where possible.”
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”.
We aim to promote Fairtrade at every opportunity and follow the principals of the Fairtrade Foundation. We will continue to run a range of events and activities with Fairtrade being the main focus.
“Reduce car parking and actively encourage/incentivise and support the use of local public transport and cycle/walk to work schemes.”
This year Wrexham Glyndŵr University held campaigns to promote an active lifestyle including National Walking Month in May and Bike week in June 2018.
Find information on how to get to campus using public transport on our Sustainable Travel page. WGU offers a shuttle bus for use by students and staff to travel between campuses during term time which you can book onto at www.glyndwr.ac.uk/bookabus/.
We also provide bicycles for students and staff to hire to get around each campus. There are currently 18 bicycles available for hire and can be hired for up to 7 days at a time. Click here to find out more.