Cardiff University Students’ Union has continued it’s commitment to a sustainable future and environmental issues, and has been recognised as a Gold standard Union by the NUS Green Impact Award.
By completing specific tasks in a workbook provided by the NUS Green Impact programme, Cardiff have shown a strong commitment to student-led action. The workbook offers a framework for staff and students to improve the ethical and environmental credentials of their union and is a good starting point for all University Student Unions.
As a Gold Standard Students’ Union, Cardiff have been recognised for not only following basic energy saving tips, but for using initiative and going beyond what is expected. The University participates in regular initiatives to reduce energy waste such as the annual ‘Switch Off’ campaign in residences, a ‘Snap It Off’ project encouraging students to report unnecessary lighting, which they won this year, and annual Union led sustainability week in November. This year’s sustainability week saw free bike maintenance workshops and a debate chaired by Griff Rhys Jones. The University is also an accredited member of the International Environmental Management Standard.
Cardiff University’s own Green Impact Awards encouraged staff and students to submit energy-saving ideas which may be implemented within the University. The best idea will also be awarded £100 and the winner will be announced this month.
Helen Dent, VP Welfare has said that she would like to “give a huge thank you to all our staff and students who have been involved with sustainability and community projects” and that it is “great to be recognised for our efforts”.
Following a full environmental audit, Cardiff was rewarded the Gold Award and Dom Anderson NUS Vice President (Society and Citizenship) has commented that “This has been the biggest year yet and I’ve been so inspired to see the continued dedication to driving student-led environmental action this year, and so proud of what unions like Cardiff have achieved.”