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University of Wolverhampton Students’ Union: Communications Challenge Entry 2012
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University of Wolverhampton Students’ Union: Communications Challenge Entry 2012

Show your support for the University of Wolverhampton Students’ Union by casting a vote for their Simple Steps video

To vote for the University of Wolverhampton Students’ Union, click here.

Our video demonstrates simple steps which a student can follow to limit their contribution to climate change whilst on campus.  It provides 4 tips on making easy changes which can be integrated effectively without the need for sacrifice or reduction. The overall environmental message is: Warm your heart not the world. Not only will this be extremely satisfying and rewarding but it will provide students with the chance to feel a part of making a difference around the world.

Students play a crucial role in reducing the University’s environmental impact and therefore we have supported the University’s sustainability & environmental policy by providing simple effective guidance on taking the first steps to sustainability.

Our first tip to students is: use recycling bins correctly. The university have developed a university wide recycling strategy along with a pilot of recycling within the halls of residence. This has and will provide a number of recycling facilities which promote the principles of reduction and reuse to minimize the waste sent to landfill. It takes more energy to make something from scratch than it does to reuse materials for the same product and methane gas from landfill sites is one of the worst greenhouse gases. We suggest that students think twice before they throw something away; there will no doubt be a recycling facility nearby and takes seconds to check that the item can be recycled.

The second tip is: refill your plastic water bottles instead of buying a new one. The university are installing water fountains as a result of union activities which will help support students make this change. About 6% of the world-wide oil consumption is used to produce such plastics and it can take 100 years for a plastic bottle to decompose.

The third tip we are giving to students is to consider choosing a meat free dish regularly. Becoming a part time carnivore can reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions. Rearing animals for food contributes the largest amount of dangerous emissions. The canteen offer a variety of food options which do not contain meat so we want students to make a change once in a while. A varied diet is the key to good health anyway!

Finally we are encouraging students to turn off their computers and computer screens when they are not in use. As highlighted through the snap it off campaign many students are renowned to leave computers on across campus. Moreover even when students do remember to turn them off often the monitor is still on. We warn people to stop being so power hungry as money spent on energy could be used for many other purposes. If a computer is left on for 24 hours rather than being turned off at night and when not in use it can use up to 50 pounds more a year. Turning of a computer when it is not in use reduces co2 emissions.

To vote for the University of Wolverhampton Students’ Union, click here.

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To view the video submissions from other uninon,click below


Staffordshire University Students’ Union

Bangor Students' Union

Northumbria Students’ Union

University of Aberdeen Students’ Union

Liverpool Guild of Students

Winchester University Students’ Union

University of Bradford Students’ Union

University of Wolverhampton Students’ Union

Students Association University of the West of Scotland

Voting closes 4pm Friday 2nd March, 2012.


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