The A(CS) team: studying and sustaining

We have handed the Green Impact blog over to the ACS Project Assistants Nyeiri and Patrick. They are going to fill you in on what their team has been up to this year and as you will see they have been busy! If you or your team would like to contribute to the Green Impact blog, contact greenimpact@sheffield.ac.uk. 

More and more of us are being inundated with the reality of climate change. The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity’s greatest threat in thousands of years. Scientists warn that without radical actions, the future of our planet is in great jeopardy. Therefore, when we came across the University’s Green Impact Project, it seemed liked an amazing opportunity to learn more about how we can make our university experience more sustainable, and pass on this knowledge to our peers. As well as developing useful transferable skills, we genuinely wanted to make a valuable contribution to supporting sustainability efforts at Sheffield.

As we were placed on the ACS team (Accommodation & Commercial Services), our aim was to introduce and promote as many sustainable and environmentally friendly initiatives as possible. Earlier this year, the team distributed free washing up bowls to all accommodation across Endcliffe, Ranmoor and some city locations. This was an attempt to cut down the usage of water when washing up. In addition, outside the Edge building, a display of the bins used in and outside Ranmoor and Endcliffe accommodation was set up. This was to educate residents on what can and cannot be recycled, along with volunteers distributing sand timers, as a step towards reducing shower time to reduce water consumption.

Furthermore, a survey was recently sent out to residents on recycling to help the team to gain understanding about how easy students are finding it to recycle, and if they know how and where to put their rubbish. We are very grateful for the feedback of hundreds of students that replied, and we are now analysing the data on how to make recycling at accommodation even more effective!

At the start of the second semester a free shop for all students was set up at the Edge cafe by our team, handing out free homeware kindly donated by Erasmus students heading back home. It was a total success and everything was “sold out”! As for the Edge cafe in general we have sought to make clear and informative posters on what can and cannot be recycled as well as trialling discounts on hot drinks when you bring your own reusable cup. We hope in the near future these strategies will be in full force. If you haven’t already noticed, we have a community fridge in the Edge cafe, which all students are welcome to use to donate in-date food to their fellow residents, and are equally welcome to take whatever they would like.

So, it’s been a busy couple of months for the ACS team, and it has been a pleasure working alongside staff to create a greener environment for future University of Sheffield students who will come and live here. Keep your eyes peeled for our future fair trade raffle, with tickets being sold at £1.86 (the wage in which farmers need to generate in order to achieve a living income) for a chance to win your very own fair trade hamper!

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