Sustainability Strategy: what do you think?

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Sustainability and green issues are increasingly urgent causes in our society and are increasingly supported by young people. At SUSU we believe in taking responsibility for our students and wider community and are proud to champion, support and represent the causes that students care about.  

We recognise that to make a meaningful, sustainable impact, we need systemic change in how society operates around the world, and organisations such as the University play a critical part of this change. We are delighted to be working with the University on their Sustainability Strategy, ensuring that the heart of the strategy includes the voices of both students and staff. Our first step is a draft paper which has been put together from input from staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders.

You can find the Green Paper here: Sustainability Strategy Green Paper, or a shorter summary overview here: Green Paper Summary.

For this strategy to be a success we need engagement and collaboration from all levels of the University, including students.  Your views are more important than ever to help shape the future of sustainability at Southampton.  

Please submit your feedback via this brief form by Friday 07 August:
Green Paper Feedback.

We have taken our own steps to improve our sustainability as an organisation, through measures such as the opening of The Plant Pot – our vegan & vegetarian café and zero waste shop, and our Sustainability Spotlight event. We have also run initiatives such as ensuring we use compostable items at SUSU events, Pack for Good campaigns in collaboration with charities, and included smart recycling and Terracycle in our buildings. We have worked with external groups, and our own student groups and societies, on projects across Southampton. 

Feel free to email president@susu.org with any further thoughts, feedback or questions.

Thank you for your ongoing support and participation, and I look forward to seeing your responses to this Green Paper. 

Olivia Reed, Union President

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