The Green Committee

The SU Green Council is a group of students invested in cultivating campus sustainability, who lobby the universities and drive behavioural change across our campuses. It's chaired by Eilish Calnan who is our Environment and Ethics Chair.
Students working on an allotment together

About the committee

The Green Council includes:

  • President Student Experience (Amelia Banton)
  • Environmental and Ethics Officer (Eilish Calnan)
  • Waste and Recycling Officer
  • Bio-diversity and Estates Officer
  • Energy and Water Officer
  • Green Travel Officer
  • Food Officer

Now that both universities have declared a climate emergency, it's more important than ever that our student representation for sustainability is working well and applying pressure to FX Plus and the universities to make sure change happens.

Achievements so far

Food

  • Trialled in February, the Green Council have worked hard to promote Meat-Free Mondays in The Stannary. Although not all meat options have been removed, there has been a significant increase in vegetarian and vegan options on offer.
  • The Food Committee have undertaken meetings with FX Plus to put forward ideas for the Sustainability Cafe menu and plans for the future of our campus.

Waste

  • Prior to lockdown, plans were being put in place for a summer Swap Shop on campus. Although this is currently on hold, it will be something to consider implementing for the future.
  • Improved communications on food waste processing and Vegware disposal are currently in progress for the Green Council and FX Plus, ensuring the most environmentally friendly methods are being used by all.

Travel

  • The Green Council have shared communications and helped to promote the free £50 public transport credit available to students to ensure more are opting to use public transport.

Energy

  • The Green Council have requested building-specific energy data to be displayed on screens around campus as a result of student feedback. FX Plus are working on this

Biodiversity

 

 

  • Supported by the Campaigns and Events Fund and Green Living, The Green Council are working on a new and exciting project to develop the Edible Pathways initiative. This will provide signage for areas of biodiversity and edible food plants, as well as plant new edible fruit trees and plants around campus.

Sustainability Week 2021

Sustainability is more important than ever and we all have our parts to play. Shifting towards more sustainable ways of thinking and acting is easier than you think, and we hosted over 30 events earlier this year to help you do just that!

Missed the events? Catch the recordings below

Sustainable lifestyles

“What Does Sustainability Mean To You” Guest Speaker Session

Living Zero Waste with Hannah Pearce, CEO of un_rap

Cook-along with The Plastic Freegan

Living & Working Sustainably: lifestyle, purchased goods & finance

Energy and resources

"What a loada Rubbish!" - waste and recycling on campus & across Cornwall

Ecotherapy, nature and wellbeing

Video - Shared Ground, Ecotherapy & Health

Spirituality and the environment discussion

Biodiversity and conservation

Biodiversity video tour

Future thinking

"The Role of Carbon Capture Technology in the Future" Guest Speaker Session

Developing a Net Zero Campus, Energy Use & Carbon Footprints

Thinking into the Future with Falmouth & Exeter Universities

The Climate & Ecological Emergency

Scientist Rebellion: The Climate Crisis & the Science of Resistance

'Art After Collapse' with Farhana Yamin

Video - 'Mobilise Peace': why sustainability requires mass civil disobedience

More to follow.

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