This year, the Students' Union has again taken part in Green Impact, a sustainability accreditation scheme run by the National Union of Students (NUS).
Green Impact is an award-winning behavioural change programme that is designed to bring students and staff together to make campuses, curriculums and communities more green and to empower them to make meaningful changes to sustainability. Last year, Queen Mary Students' Union took part in the scheme for the 11th time and was awarded 'Good' with a score of 216.
This year, staff and students have worked really hard to keep implementing change, and together have achieved 'Very Good' with a score of 292!
In order to achieve this level of improvement, a number of changes were made. Since partnering with the 'Too Good To Go' app, 158 meals have been saved from the bin, which equals a huge 133kg of CO2 being saved, as well as 288 hours of electricity consumption for one household. We have also introduced a new system for reducing food waste, have introduced new reusable mugs which have resulted in a huge reduction in coffee cup waste, have continued to work with Caffe Praego, an ethical coffee provider that supports communities in Rwanda, have held out first ever sustainable community market on campus and have run Reuse, a scheme to reduce waste on campus and donate items that would otherwise have gone to landfill.
The majority of the changes we have made have been as a result of student feedback. It is fantastic that we are working in partnership with students to drive more sustainable action across campus. Well done to everybody involved!