There are a range of groups and individuals within the University who work together to plan, implement and support student-related environmental initiatives.
Sustainability Coordinator - Students & Colleges
Katie works within Greenspace to coordinate environmental initiatives specifically for students and colleges. She attends colleges’ Environment Team meetings, oversees the GSEG and works closely with staff and students from all colleges to encourage and support environmental sustainability.
Please contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions relating to environmental sustainability as a student or on how you can get involved.
The Greenspace Student Environment Group (GSEG)
The GSEG is a University initiative consisting of all college Student Environment Reps and is overseen by the University’s Sustainability Coordinator. The Group meets fortnightly during term time in order to:
- share ideas on how to encourage sustainable behaviours amongst students;
- plan student-orientated college and University environmental initiatives;
- represent student views on University-related environmental matters.
Since its launch in 2006, the GSEG has been an invaluable resource for improving sustainability within the University. It is a pioneer of behavioural change schemes in higher education in the UK and has been a template for other universities. The Group was awarded the Green Gown Award for 'Best Student Initiative' in 2008 and has been covered by media including the Independent, the Guardian and the Northern Echo.
The Student Environment Reps for 2014-15 are:
St Cuthbert's Society
St Hild & St Bede
College Environment Champions and Environment Teams
In addition to student Environment Reps, all colleges have a staff member in the voluntary role of Environment Champion. The Environment Champion oversees environmental facilities and performance in their college. Environment Champions contact details can be found here.
Every College has a staff-student Environment Team which meets termly to oversee their College’s environmental performance and activity. Membership includes staff representatives (Bursar, Environment Champion, Housekeeping, Operations, Catering) and student members (Environment Rep, JCR/MCR representatives etc.).
Please contact your Environment Champion or Environment Rep should you wish to attend these meetings or to refer a matter to them.