Welcome to the Sustainability Service’s
newsletter, a condensed look at sustainability at the University of Leeds.
Welcome to the January newsletter! January is the time for making new resolutions and coming up with ideas on how we can become our best selves in the New Year. Aligning with our ‘Being a Positive Partner in Society’ strategic theme, this month’s newsletter focuses on ideas on how to achieve this goal and help your local community! Here are some tips on how to be more sustainable in 2016:
- Encourage sustainable transport methods: Instead of travelling to work or school every day by car, why not consider walking or cycling? As the weather is getting a bit warmer it’s a great opportunity to get more active and reduce your carbon footprint! The Bike Hub on campus allows University of Leeds students and staff members to hire a bike for 3 months at a time for only £10. For more information visit our website.
- Get more involved with sustainability on campus: Apart from our regular events, such as the Coffee Break on the last Friday of each month, there will be additional events held over the next few months. Keep an eye out on our Events page to find out more! These events are a great way to get to the Sustainability Service team as well as finding out ways to get involved with sustainability. Volunteering opportunities are also advertised on our social media occasionally. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with what’s going on.
- Have a ‘buy nothing’ day: Buying absolutely nothing for a day would not only save you money, it would also help the environment! Challenge yourself, your family and friends to buy nothing and look to make a longer term lifestyle change by reducing your consumption altogether this year!
- Mentor a community organisation: University of Leeds staff members and PhD students now have the opportunity to mentor a third-sector organisation through the Community Mentoring Scheme. To sign up to be a community mentor and for more information click here or contact Amanda Jackson.
- Join a new society: For students, societies are a great way to get to know more like-minded people and socialise. Leeds University Union offers hundreds of societies to join, many of which are involved with volunteering or environmental conservation. To find one that might be if interest for you, click here.
- Go meat-free for a day: Eating less meat does not only contribute to a healthier, more balanced diet, it’s also better for our planet and helps to create a fairer food system. If 10 million people would go meat-free for just one day, it could reduce water usage by 13 million tonnes (http://www.worldmeatfreeday.com/)! Check out the refurbished Refectory which offers new vegan and vegetarian options on its menu. You could start off with trying it for just a day and maybe even challenge and set up a competition with your friends to see how long you can last without eating meat.
- Recycle more: As one of your resolutions for 2016, you could consider recycling more to help our planet. To find our new recycling guide, click here.
- Take a sustainability Discovery Theme module: You could enrol in one of the hundreds of courses under the ‘Creating Sustainable Futures’ Discovery Theme to broaden your knowledge of sustainability - these modules are available for most students. You might also be considering a sustainability related dissertation - for guidance check the Sustainability Service's website.
To help achieve your goals in 2016, you could set yourself targets, such as ‘I will reduce my water consumption by 10%’/’I will dedicate 2 hours to volunteering every month.’ Apps, such as Coach.me and Lift are also available to help you keep track of your progress and motivate you to keep going.