Bristol SU shortlisted in Guardian University Awards

Wednesday 23-03-2016 - 00:00
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The Guardian University Awards honour universities for projects that transform the lives of students and communities. Bristol SU was shortlisted in the Sustainability Project Category along with Royal Agricultural College and University of Edinburgh.

Bristol SU’s NUS Student Green Fund project, Get Green, developed the four-step model of student engagement for sustainability. Learn Act Engage Create is the journey University of Bristol students take to equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to be responsible global citizens at university and beyond.

As part of the programme, students learn about sustainability in their curriculum; they act by participating in projects such as energy-saving or recycling campaigns in halls; and finally, they engage with other students on sustainability issues through volunteering and a sustainability network. They then take the initiative to create and lead sustainable change.

Overall the project engaged over 10,000 students in sustainability issues. Key highlights include:

  • Students reduced energy consumption in halls by 17.5% and increased recycling rates increased from 55% to 65%
  • Students diverted over 80 tonnes of reusable items from landfill through the Bristol Big Give campaign, generating up to £200,000 for charity
  • Students presented their sustainability-research to peers at the inaugural ‘A Students’ Guide to Sustainability’ conference
  • 50 student leaders set up their own projects, engaging over 2000 students in social, economic and environmental sustainability
  • The project was supported by the NUS Students’ Green Fund, which awarded the Students’ Union £175,000 to improve sustainability.

Find out more information on sustainability at Bristol SU. And for more information on the Guardian University Awards, click here.

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