Middlesex Students' Union is dedicated towards working on promoting and improving sustainability at Middlesex University and in the wider community.
Issues like climate change are only daunting when viewed from a distance. Up close, you realise that there are dozens of things you and everyone else can do to improve things – and when you all act together, it’s a lot more fun.
“The Greatest Threat to Our Planet Is the Belief That Someone Else Will Save It”
– Robert Charles Swan
Do you want to contribute towards creating a sustainable environment and become an environmental sustainability ambassador?
Do you aspire to...
1. Reduce Paper Printing: Go digital
The average UK family throws away 6 trees worth of paper in their household bin a year. Paper and card make up about a fifth of the typical household dustbin. About half of this consists of newspapers and magazines.
Avoid printing paper, unless absolutely necessary. Encourage yourself and your friends to make use of digital platforms as an effective alternative. Set your printers on default to print on both sides of the paper.
2. Switch Off: Save Energy
The average UK University spends up to £10 million per year on Energy. That’s about £1000 per hour and £20 an hour on Energy. Preventing unnecessary energy use plays a vital role in the University's commitment to reducing carbon emissions and also helps to reduce energy costs.
Switch-off electrical appliances and utilities like room heaters, computers, lights, laptop chargers, table lamps etc. when not in use. Avoid or reduce excessive usage of electric kettles, washing machines, microwaves etc. whenever possible.
If you live in halls of residence then you can join in the Student Switch Off campaign and win some Ben & Jerry's icecream!
Visit our Student Switch-Off Page to find out more !!
3. Save Water
In the UK every person uses approximately 150 litres of water a day. If you take into account, the water that is needed to produce the food and products you consume in your day-to-day life (known as embedded water) you actually consume 3400 litres per day. A typical bath consumes about 80 litres of water while nearly one third of the total water used in your home is literally flushed down the toilet! This is quite alarming if you consider that the UK has less available water per person than most other European countries.
Avoid excessive water usage. Ensure that you switch-off your shower taps and drinking water taps immediately after use.
Every year Britain discards almost 2.5 billion coffee cups. That's approximately 7 million cups a day. Unlike popular belief, these coffee cups are actually very hard to recycle and most of them aren't recycled at all. This leads to a very unsustainable approach and poses an important problem to the environment.
Make use of reusable cups for everyday refreshers like tea and coffee; avoid usage of plastic cups or plastic bottles. Reuse the plastic bottles and containers for storage purposes. MDXSU have their own reusable coffee cups available from Streat in MDX House as well as Costa outlets in Shepperd Library and the Quad.
Visit the MDX Reusable Coffee Cups page to find out more !!
Recycling one tonne of paper can save 7,000 gallons of water. It also saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, and 4,000 kilowatts of energy.
Segregate recyclable and non-recyclable waste; and make use of recycle-bins on campus and inside the halls of residence to dispose the recyclable waste. Don’t know which items you can recycle? Find out more about what you can recycle.
Find out more about Reduce & Reuse !!
6. Green Transport
Transport accounts for around a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions and affects air quality at the roadside.
Make use of green and sustainable transport to travel to campus. You can choose options like bicycles, public transport etc. and avoid using personal vehicles, if possible. Dedicate, if possible, a ‘sustainable travel day’, wherein you must travel to campus by a green transport.
Make use of ‘MDXSU Freewheelers (Free Bike Hire) Scheme’. Click here to find out about it.
7. Support Fairtrade
Buying Fairtrade products can make a real difference to producers in developing countries by getting them a guaranteed fair price for their goods which could mean they being able to send their children to school or putting them on the path out of poverty.
Buying Fairtrade products is one of the easiest ways we can show compassion and solidarity towards Third World farmers. It opens our eyes to some of the huge injustices in the world.
Try to buy Fairtrade cotton clothing whenever possible. Find out more about what is Fairtrade and how you can buy Fairtrade merchandise and get involved here.
Did you know that the MDXSU merchandise we sell is entirely fairtrade, with everybody in the supply chain being paid a fair wage for their work?
8. Get involved with Green Impact and Promote Sustainability
Sustainability is most often defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.
Your Students' Union supports over 60 student Societies and groups, some of whom are specifically dedicated towards promoting and creating awareness about sustainability. View all student groups online now at www.mdxsu.com/groups
Promote sustainability within your friend circle and encourage them to follow a sustainable lifestyle. Get involved with the NUS Green Impact Awards and contribute towards making your campus a greener place. Find out about it here.
Joe Cox, VP for Art & Design, Media & Performing Arts explains why green issues are relevant here at MIddlesex.
"Sustainability is one of the most important areas that a Students’ Union can work on. In everything we do, we have to consider what we are leaving behind for the generation that comes after us. That is why I have campaigned on sustainability issues, such as setting up our free MDXSU bike hire scheme, and that is why I will always fight for a more sustainable world. We can’t leave this for someone else or some other time – we have to be the ones to make this change happen."
We'd love for you to help make Middlesex a bit more green, whether you're looking to get involved in a pre-existing projects - find out more below - or you have an idea for something new to help us improve our sustainability. If you would like to submit an idea or just ifnd out more, please contact Pete Offord at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read on to find out more about the green opportunities and activities you can get involved with.
From Monday 20th February - Thursday 23rd February MDXSU and MDX University will come together to put on a week of events and activites to amaze and inspire you.
We'll have everything from talks and debates to cycle rides and jars of honey!
The Green Impact Award is an initiative by the National Union of Students aimed at creating greener campuses, curriculums and communities.
For the past three years MDXSU has achieved the NUS Green Impact Bronze Award for our work on sustainability and in 2015 Middlesex University was awarded a first in the People and Planet university league table.
We're hoping to improve on our score from last year by achieving the 'Very Good' category in 2017. For more information on the NUS Green Impact programme, click here.
What's your carbon footprint, and how can you reduce it? Find out more at www.footprint.wwf.org.uk