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Durham University


Student Groups and Teams

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

This role works within the Energy and Sustainability to coordinate environmental initiatives specifically for students and colleges, attending colleges’ Environment Team meetings, overseeing the GSEG and working closely with staff and students from all colleges to encourage and support environmental sustainability.

Please contact 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 Student Environment Reps from each college and is overseen by the 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.

Each Student Environment Rep also has access to a fund of £100 to enable them to run environmental projects to further our agenda within their college community. Furthermore, the Environment Reps can also access utiltities data for the university estate, allowing them to analyse the performance of their college buildings, help to raise awareness of energy issues and drive forwards with energy efficiency tips and behavioural change!

The Student Environment Reps for this year can be found here.

The GSEG has a remit document which summarises the group's purpose. This can be found here.

GSEG Minutes

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

March 2018

April 2018

October 10th 2018

October 24th 2018

November 14th 2018

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.

Other Groups with Student Representation

Students also form key parts of various other Environmental groups, providing invaluable input and ensure the views of the wider student body are heard. A list of student-lead societies and committee can be found here and the list of groups with student representation can be seen here.