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Green Impact Projects

Find out what our teams are working on...

Plus Icon CARES City Food

The city food team are looking to sell you lots of food.

Plus Icon CARES Headingley Cleaning and Portering

The team want to tackle some of the issues we face with coffee cup waste. The current problem involves mis-understanding around whether the items can be recycled and therefore the amount that end up in the wrong bins. They need to increase recycling rates, produce good quality waste, segregated from general and dry-mixed, that can be taken away and handled correctly. They want to reduce the cost of waste to the university in having too many contaminated bin bags (wet coffee waste) and increase the understanding amongst staff and students.

Plus Icon Distance Learning Unit

The team are looking at promoting to our distance learning students how to be more sustainable.

They will promote through their communities and see if they make improvements.

Plus Icon Estates Services

The team wants to build raised beds at both Headingley and City that staff from both campuses can use to grow flowers, herbs, fruit or veg. This project aims to improve relationships and transfer knowledge and experience between all Estates colleagues and the wider university.

Plus Icon Green Filmmakers

“Increasing awareness of sustainability in the film school and on film shoots.”

Our students do a lot of practical work. They make films with crews of around 20-30 people sometimes. Filmmaking uses a lot of resources and you must look after, transport and feed everyone on set. This means that film shoots are very wasteful. Currently, in the film industry there is a big shift happening and film shoots are becoming more sustainable. In fact, if you want to apply for money from the British Film Institute, you now must follow their sustainability guidelines and prove that you are making your production as green as possible. We believe it is important that our students learn sustainability practices early on. We want to do this by making them aware of sustainability practices in the film industry, implementing them on the school’s film shoots, and by rewarding them for these practices.

Plus Icon Grounds Maintenance
Our Grounds team are working on a living wall and roof; introducing new and existing plant species to the area, with the hope that new animal/ insect species will also be introduced. 
Plus Icon Print Room
The Print Room currently utilise scrap paper fro across the university to create pads and note books. They want to expand the amount produced, whilst promoting sustainability and Green Impact across the university. They hope this will also engage more students in the service they offer and recycling. You can find the Print Room in the James Graham and can pick up a free recycling note pad at Fresher's Fair or one of their many roadshows throughout the year. 
Plus Icon Procurement

Create a financial services Grower's Club.

What they plan to do:

  • They will invite members and ask people what they would like to grow (plants, herbs, veg, fruit, etc. 
  • Provide people with seeds, pots, soil and information on how to grow their chosen plant 
  • Receive photos and progress reports
  • Share progress reports and knowledge, challenges, etc. on a monthly basis 
  • Share produce 
  • Provide some sort of award for the best/well looked after/largest plant

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