Hands up who wants to 'Go Green'?
Date: 20th Feb 2017
A week-long campaign to 'Go Green' came to an end yesterday (Sunday 19 February).
Bucks Students' Union organised the week at Bucks New University to raise awareness of environmental issues and show that in little ways individuals can make a difference.
Part of the National Go Green Week campaign, Bucks Students' Union asked students and staff to pledge to 'be aware and conscious' when it comes to using the planets' resources.
They asked people to pledge to five different areas of sustainability using their hand print:
- Be Mindful
- Be Efficient
One of those who pledged was the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rebecca Bunting.
She said: "I was very pleased to sign the Go Green pledge both personally and as Vice-Chancellor.
"The five areas of sustainability remind us that we can each make changes in our lives which will make a difference. And at University level, we have been recognised in the sector for our green initiatives, such as holding the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon reduction since 2011 and gaining a Green Apple award for the Chaplaincies Bucks New Usage programme."
Events during the week included Meat Free Monday, when people were invited to try out vegetarian food options, a Swap Shop where students and staff could swap new stationary, a nature reserve clean-up at The Rye in High Wycombe, and a Green Quiz with a cash prize on Sunday night.
Amy How, Bucks Students' Union Volunteering & Societies Coordinator, said: "This is the first year we have put on our Go Green Week event in line with the national campaign. It has been really successful and allowed our student Green Ambassador and Green Society to lead on many of the events and awareness campaign happening throughout the week. It has contributed towards our annual Green Impact Report which we gain accreditation for each year.
"We have created this week to urge people to be mindful about recycling, waste and Fairtrade, to ensure our student body are aware of the benefits of going green. Even small acts can contribute towards sustaining the planet and make our campus as a whole more sustainable."
The University strives to make a positive environmental impact - it has three solar panel arrays that produce over 138,000 kWh of renewable electricity each year and is currently ranked 7th in HEFCE funded institutions for carbon reduction since a 2005 baseline, with a 44% reduction in absolute carbon emissions.