QMSU Wins GOLD in Sustainability Awards
Last week, QMSU was awarded gold in the Green Mary Awards, a sustainability accreditation scheme run across all staff at Queen Mary.
The Students’ Union has worked incredibly hard this year to ensure we are working hard to be greener. We’ve taken measures to reduce the amount of food waste on campus by introducing the Too Good To Go app and have donated excess food to the Hackney Winter Night shelter. We’ve also entered into a new ethical coffee partnership, which shows a real commitment to sustainability not just on campus, but internationally and have introduced a new coffee cup and recycling process, which will ensure that coffee cups used at QMSU no longer go straight to landfill.
In this year’s elections, we created the position of Sustainability Officer to sit on Student Council, have run a sustainability survey for students and have supported Student Media outlets to reduce printing.
The Students’ Union has taken on a new stationary supplier, which means the most of the products we buy are now 100% recyclable. Our supplier works to ensure nothing they collect from us is sent to landfill, they will collect anything that can be practically recycled, and they invest in both the tools and the people power needed to drive our recycling rate up.
Students’ Union President, Miranda Black has said of the award:
“I'm delighted we're receiving Gold in the Green Mary awards! The Students’ Union has really upped its game this year and I'm so proud of all of the changes and the students who have lead on them. Thanks to Lewis Williams and Rob Hunter we are now working to reduce food waste in our outlets, and to our newly elected Sustainability Officer, Rhiannon Teague. I've seen a real attention to sustainability across the Union and it's been a real team effort- I’m so chuffed with our Sustainabili-team!”
We’ve done loads more to improve our Green Impact, so check out all work we’ve been doing here!