As a new regular feature, we’ll be collating the more recent Sustainability news here at Queen Mary Students’ Union and showing off the amazing work our students and staff have been doing to try and make Queen Mary more environmentally friendly!
Over move-in weekend in early September, the Students’ Union and University once again collaborated to deliver our bi-annual Reuse Fair. With extra precautions in place and a reduced amount of donations owing to the abrupt end of semester 2 back in March, we were very happy to be able to give 516kg of items a new home to the 126 students who attended the Fair and to local charities. Feedback showed that 100% of respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with the event and items collected. 94% of students enjoyed the fair and agreed that the event saved them money, whilst 82% felt it eased their move to University.
For the second year in a row, the Students’ Union received Excellent in Green Impact, a United Nations award winning programme designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice in organisations.
Following on from NUS Lead and Change, Aphrodite Murray-Liddington (Vice President Science & Engineering) and other members from nationwide Students’ Unions formed a group and have had a number of meetings regarding sustainability. We will take part in ‘Go Green Week’ (8th-14th March 2021) and ‘International Compost Awareness Week’ (2nd-8th May 2021). Aphrodite plans to engage with the Queen Mary and London community by making short videos about what individuals are already doing and how students and staff can get involved. We planned to do a live Students’ Union Sustainability collaboration on social media (Instagram) with pre-planned questions and a live Q&A. Aphrodite had a meeting with Erica McAllister (Senior Curator at the Natural History Museum) to get advice on how to present information on how to protect cryptic species in our local area that she will use in this event, so look out for some exciting events coming up!
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