Wouldn't it be great if everyone worked together to make the world a little greener?
If you'd like to do your bit then AUBSU has plenty of opportunities for you to help out.
AUBSU's dedicated team of student environmentalists have been working hard to encourage all students at AUB to be a little greener.
Here are some past successes we've achieved with our Green Team:
- A regular swap shop at our monthly market days where students can reuse and recycle by donating unwanted clothes in exchange for ones they do want.
- In 2020 we became a 3 Star Fairtrade University (that's the top star!), in collaboration with AUB, by supporting and encouraging our community to choose Fairtrade through engaging creative events. Keep an eye out for pop-up events and Fairtrade Fortnight (Feb-March)!
- We've been going to Upton Country Park for the past couple of years to plant over 1000 trees (each year!) to help the biodiversity and our local environment! This year, we're running a Tech for Trees campaign to ensure we keep planting. Get involved.
- We're lucky to have a beautiful coastline right on our doorstep and want to do our bit to keep it clean from rubbish and plastic pollution. We've been holding regular beach cleans, come rain or shine, to help fight plastic pollution.
- Each year in March, we've had a whole week focused on everything green! We run events and activities everyday, raising awareness of key environmental issues and getting people engaged. In previous years we've run zero-waste markets with local organisations & businesses.
- Oh, and we've also been awarded 'Excellent' for the past 3 years for our Green Impact. No biggie. This means that we have things like our Ethical and Sustainable Purchasing Guide and 5-year SMART plan to ensure we support Fairtrade, local businesses and sustainable organisations where possible. We also work with AUB to make sustainable changes within the university, improving the curriculum, greener travel and recycling on campus. Read more about our Growing Greener work.
- If you missed Go Green Week, don't worry! You can find all our tips and activities in this handy guide.
That's just a little taster of some things we've been doing. If you've got some big ideas and want to join the team, or even if you just want to volunteer to help out we've got opportunities for everyone.
Help us tackle plastic pollution! We'll be cleaning up our beautiful beach on Sunday 17th October, 11am-1pm. Book here.
Want to reduce your fashion footprint? Bring some old clothes along to our Swap Shops and give them a chance at being rehomed. Then get yourself some new clothes to refresh your wardrobe sustainably! Our next Swap Shop is on Wednesday 20th October, 12.30-1.30pm on the courtyard.
The Parks Foundation: Greenfingers
GreenFingers meet at Winton Rec on the 2nd and 4th Saturday every month at 9.30am (for approx. 2 hours).
We grow salad, veg, wildflowers, plant trees and generally care for the park. We share knowledge and friendship through community gardening.
Please bring your own gloves if you have them. This is a free event and tools and refreshments are provided. Meet at Winton Rec community garden (the old bowling green near to the tennis courts). To book email firstname.lastname@example.org
GreenFingers also meet at Alexandra Park, Parkstone on 1st & 3rd Saturdays each month at 10.30am and on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 2pm. We care for nature by adding native plants to the park to attract insects and pollinators, plus we grow wonderful salad and veg in our new community garden.
Everyone's welcome from beginners to the more experienced, sharing knowledge and friendship. Each session lasts approx. 1 to 2 hours. Please bring your own gloves if you have them. This is a free event and tools and refreshments provided. Meet in front of the cafe. Email email@example.com to book
Green Zine Edition 3
Check out our first Green Zine 2019 and our 2020 Food Edition!
First, find us on Facebook and Instagram and say hello! You can get involved with our Green Team no matter what time you've got to spare.
If you've got an hour or two most weeks to spare and want to use that time to do some good for the world you can join the Green Team. Our core team is headed by our Green Officer and together they work hard to come up with fun, interactive ways to get AUB students involved in saving the planet. Being part of the Green Team will give you experience in event planning, managing volunteers, and we provide sustainability training too. If you'd like to have a go at helping out all you have to do is email us and say you'd like to join then we tell you where to meet us!
If you want to get involved in helping the SU to make some changes to the way we work and the things that we do with the university then check out our Growing Greener plan.
We know that it can get really busy around here, there's deadlines and work and all sorts of things going on to keep you occupied, but that doesn't mean you can't help out. If you'd like to join us when we're planting trees, cleaning beaches or creating green spaces but don't have the time to help with the planning then you can still help out. By choosing to be a Green Volunteer you'll be the first to know about any environmental opportunities we're running. Plus, if you volunteer 10 or more hours of your time in the year and you'll get a certificate and be in chance with winning the "Green Volunteer of the Year" award. Just let us know you want to get involved and we'll add you to our mailing list of people who get priority invites to all our activities.
In January-February 2020, we ran a survey to find out your attitudes towards sustainability and to find out what you want to see happening at AUB. Results can be read here!