To achieve the objectives of our Environmental Sustainability Plan and become a more sustainable university, we need to support our staff and students to have an understanding of sustainability issues. We need to engage with them to enhance their knowledge of how to be more sustainable in their lives and encourage them to take action and adopt positive behaviours.
Our Communications & Engagement Strategy establishes the Estates & Facilities Division’s strategy for communicating environmental and energy messages, including those related to our Environmental and Energy Management System. It highlights our target audiences, communication channels, how we keep up-to-date with sector best practice, details of our main initiatives and programmes and related documents. It also contains a matrix of our current events and campaigns, an action plan and a campaign planning template.
If you have any suggestions for events or campaigns we could run, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore the areas below to find out how you can get involved, make a difference and ‘Be Sustainable’.
Green Impact is our sustainability engagement programme and is run internationally by SOS-UK. It’s a simple, fun and flexible way for departments to improve their environmental performance and promote sustainability at the University, whilst receiving recognition for their efforts and impact.
Taking part benefits the University, including providing opportunities for students to gain valuable skills by volunteering as Green Impact Auditors.
Go Green Salford
Each year we run a series of events and activities over four weeks for Go Green Salford, incorporating Go Green Week and Fairtrade Fortnight. We aim to raise awareness of the importance of sustainability and encourage positive change amongst our students, staff and the local community.
Activities for Go Green Salford 2020 took place from Monday 10 February – Friday 6 March and included an exhibition from Fashion, Image, Making, Styling students, winter tree identification walk, litter pick, tree planting with City of Trees, recycling roadshows, bike maintenance workshop, Fairtrade smoothie bike pop-ups and a sustainability special of the DSAS quiz.
Go Green Salford 2021 started on Monday 1 March and ended on Saturday 27 March. It included a range of online events and content on topics such as urban nature, cycling, food waste, sustainable fashion, single use plastic, carbon footprint, responsible consumption, and climate science. We were joined by a number of Salford students and staff, as well as by external guests.
Go Green Salford 2022 took place between Monday 28 February and Saturday 26 March. The Environmental Sustainability Team collaborated with a number of students, colleagues and local community members to organize four weeks of events and content for sustainable living. This included Instagram live streams, a wildlife surveying workshop, a zero waste pop-up, a sustainable fashion event - Salford Swap Shop, litter picks, online and on-campus talking events, and a tour of the Salford Tree Trail followed by a visit at the "You Belong Here" exhibition at Salford Museum & Art Gallery. The month of events ended with Eyes Peeled for Nature 2022 - a programme of theoretical and practical events focused on nature and wildlife, including a BioBlitz: 24h of wildlife surveying session in Peel Park and Crescent Meadow. Find out more on the Go Green Salford 2022 webpage.
Green Campus Group
We have established a Green Campus Group, which is open to staff, students and the local community. The purpose of the group is to share information and engage with the University community about the current and future use of outside spaces at the University of Salford and how they will and could be developed and enhanced. You can find out more in the Green Campus Group Terms of Reference. We have set up a Microsoft Teams group, which you can join using this Green Campus Group on Teams.
Cycle User Group
Staff and students who cycle to the University, or are thinking about it, can join the Cycle User Group Teams site, where you can share tips, routes and ask any related questions.
Our main volunteering opportunity is to take part in Green Impact. Staff can set up/join a team and students can volunteer as Green Impact Auditors.
You can find out about other sustainability related volunteering opportunities through the Students’ Union’s volunteering system.
There are also various student societies that involved elements of sustainability, including the Wildlife Society.
With Peel Park on our doorstep, why not get involved with activities there? They hold regular volunteer sessions and events – check out Friends of Peel Park on Facebook for more information.
Quick tips for being green
Check out our 10 tips to be sustainable on campus – we don’t recommend printing this off, but you could save it on your desktop.
- Travel sustainably – could you walk, cycle or use public transport to get to University? Or could you use our car share scheme as a driver or passenger?
- Think before you print – it takes nearly half a litre of water to produce 1 sheet of A4 office paper! Could you access materials online or use projector facilities? If you do need to print something, print double sided and two pages or more on one sheet and avoid printing in colour.
- Use reusable crockery, cutlery and water bottles and use a reusable cup when buying hot drinks – by doing so you can save money on your drinks at Salfood outlets and at the Students’ Union.
- Reuse non-confidential scrap paper, envelopes, bags and anything else that could be used again, either in the same or a different way.
- Recycle right – cans, tins and plastic bottles (no other plastics) go in the green mixed recycling bins, paper and thin card in the blue paper recycling bins and other items in the general waste (including coffee cups, plastic yoghurt pots etc.). Our recycling page details what to do with other items such as electronics and books.
- Switch off non-essential lights, screens, computers and other electrical items when not in use (Ricoh printers should be left on as they need to communicate remotely and they do go into a low energy mode). Think about specialist equipment and also other ways to save energy and water, such as only boiling as much water as you need in the kettle.
- Buy responsibly and sustainably - Is the purchase really necessary? Could you fix your current item? Could you borrow or rent something instead? Could you reuse items rather than buying new goods? If you do need to buy new items, could you get something made from recycled content or that is energy efficient? Consider whole life cycle costs including disposal.
- Eat green – evidence shows that eating a more plant-based diet is better for the environment. Could you have more vegan or vegetarian meals? Also think about buying local and seasonal produce or Fairtrade products
- Look after and enjoy green spaces – being outside is good for you in so many ways and we are lucky to have Peel Park on our doorstep. If you are particularly interested in the outside spaces on campus, then join our Green Campus Group
- Get involved and help spread the word! Join in with initiatives on campus and talk to others about the importance of living sustainably. If you are a member of staff, could you embed sustainability into your teaching? If you are a student, could you do piece of work that incorporates sustainability?
Our interactive environmental sustainability induction is now available. All new starters should and existing staff are strongly encouraged to complete this. The course will be available in your modules menu on the e-learning platform (University staff login required).
The Environmental Sustainability Team work with academics to provide student briefs for live projects or dissertations and also deliver guest lectures and workshops. Let us know if this is something you would be interested in for any of your modules. You can find out more on our Education for Sustainable Development page.