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17
Dec

Blackout 2014: The results

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The 2014 Blackout event – in collaboration with the University of Southampton and Students’ Union – has been declared a success with more than 250 students taking part, and a record amount of computers being switched off by students and staff before the event began – showing a progression towards a more energy efficient University.

The annual sustainability event aims to highlight the energy wasted by members of the University as a result of not switching off electrical items when they go home in the evening, and is the largest energy audit of its kind. This year the campuses at … Read the rest

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06
Nov

A positive Blackout!

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If you’re thinking this has to do with the Stags Head Beer Festival this week then you’d be wrong!!

Southampton Blackout is back!

Blackout is the main sustainability campaign run by the Students’ Union & The University. With a huge volunteer base trained in energy auditing, it is the biggest switch off and energy audit of its kind. Highfield, Avenue, Boldrewood and Winchester campuses will be switching off all non-essential electrical items on 14 November for the University of Southampton’s annual energy audit. Blackout plays a crucial role in reducing unnecessarily high energy bills by encouraging staff and students to … Read the rest

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29
Aug

Sabbs talk sustainability

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BEES (Business Ethics and Environment Students) recently held a sustainability meeting with the SUSU sabbs. The team decided that this year, their group goal would be to focus on employability.

 

The sabbs brainstormed ideas on improving sustainability within the SUSU focused on reaching more students with knowledge and skills relating to sustainability.

 

 

These practices, concentrated on saving water and energy and on promoting local produce over imported foods, should lead the students union to a more environmentally sustainable future. This workshop was one of many run by BEES. Others looked at Employability and Work/Life Balance in the … Read the rest

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09
Aug

BEES Ready to go into Businesses

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The Business Ethics and Environmental Students programme (BEES) are entering the next stage of development as they prepare to go into two new businesses.

BEES is a joint project between us and the University of Southampton, aiming to encourage sustainability by providing free sustainability auditing services to local organisations, carried out by student volunteers, then helping to implement improvements.
The official launch took place on 18 March this year, with a great turnout from local businesses and organisations.

Last February saw the programme audit the processes of both the University of Southampton and SUSU. Now the programme is getting ready … Read the rest

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30
May

Win tickets to Reading or Leeds with recycling initiative

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A competition has been launched to give environmentally-conscious students the chance to go to Reading or Leeds Festival this summer as part of an initiative to encourage recycling at music festivals.

The Student Recycling Champions competition is a joint initiative by drinks recycling programme Every Can Counts, The National Student, and festival organisers Festival Republic, as an effort to spur young people to consider the impact of rubbish and to raise awareness of the importance of recycling waste at music events. The scheme is perfect if you’re interested in sustainability or environmental sciences, and would be ideal experience if you … Read the rest

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21
May

Celebrating success of sustainability projects

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Last week saw the National Union of Students hold a parliamentary reception at the House of Lords to celebrate the positive impacts of its Students’ Green Fund across the movement.

 

David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Lord Redesdale, and Steve Egan, Deputy Chief executive for HEFCE all attended the event, showcasing the creativity, diversity, green credentials and business acumen of students’ unions across the country.

 

Using £5million of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), NUS has helped 25 students’ unions from across England to develop proposals for ambitious green projects, leading … Read the rest

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13
Feb

The very first Sustainability Action Awards – nominate now!

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Counting newts in the Valley Garden, litter picking in Bevois Valley or encouraging your friends to switch off? This year we are launching a new set of awards with the University to celebrate students who demonstrate leadership in sustainability.

We want to honour the work that you are doing around the University and in your local communities.

You have until 28 February to nominate yourself or your friends in the following three categories:

Outstanding individual student contribution to sustainability

Outstanding sustainability performance by a group of students

Outstanding sustainability performance by a partnership between staff and students

The awards will … Read the rest

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04
Feb

BEES Student Launch

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The BEES project is entering the next stage of development as they prepare for their official launch on the 5 February. Taking place on the Red Brick, students will have the chance to learn more about the project, find out how they can get involved and enter a prize draw to win £50 to spend at the SUSU shop!

SUSU and the University of Southampton, first started work on BEES (Business Ethics & Environment, Students) in August when they beat competition from over 100 unions to win £175,000 funding from HEFCE to champion sustainability practices in local businesses.

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06
Dec

Recruitment begins for BEES

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Recruitment has officially started for Southampton University and SUSU’s student led project, BEES. Following on from the success of their recent intro event, BEES (Business Ethics & Environmental Students) are looking to recruit three new interns to help develop three different areas of the project. These positions include Business Engagement Assistant, Sustainability Practice Assistant and Online Presence Developer.  Each intern will play a vital role in the progression of BEES and the steps needed to take it out to local businesses and organisations.

Once completed, BEES will see students gain professional training and work experience as a business consultant whilst … Read the rest

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28
Nov

Be part of a new programme to change the world

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Interested in getting out in the local community and making a difference?  BEES (Business Ethics & Environmental Students) is an exciting new student-led project starting this term.  BEES is a fantastic opportunity to gain professional training and work experience as a business consultant, auditing the business ethics of local organisations to drive positive change.

 

Talking about the project, Union President, David Gilani said: “Sustainability in Southampton has made some great progress over the last few years, and this BEES bid signifies another massive step forward. Although delivering a sustainability auditing tool to our local community is much more ambitious … Read the rest

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