Sustainability

Leeds Trinity Students' Union is committed to improving our sustainability as an organisation because we know it's an issue that students care about.

Here you can find out everything to do with sustainability, including current and past campaigns that officers are working on, the negative environmental impacts of the SU, and key documents including our Sustainability Plan and SMART plan

Current Campaigns

Check out the work that your officers are doing on sustainability

Bleed Green

Food Choice

Free Sanitary Products

Green Impact

Recycling Bottle Tops

Stop Single-Use Plastics

Sweatshop Free 2020

 

Find out what your Sustainability Officer has been working on here

Negative Environmental Impacts of the SU

1. Travelling (Sports Teams travelling + Student Officers travelling for conferences)

The most potential for environmental impact is the travel requirements, faced both by our sports teams when completing away fixtures and by our Student Officers when attending various conferences and training events. The CO2 released would be significant if all our teams and officers were to drive individually to all of these events, and this does occasionally occur, primarily for financial reasons, however, we endeavour to ensure that where possible our sports teams use a single coach for the whole team, and work closely with the coach company both to ensure that the smallest coach possible is used for each fixture and to ensure that clubs share coaches where possible. We also pay for our sabbatical officers to have railcards and subsequently try and ensure they use the train to attend conferences, training and events whenever practical.


2. StUdio

With the recent transition in ownership of our on-campus day/night venue, we have considered the potential impacts of running during set hours. The largest environmental impact would be from electricity usage as all the main lights and appliances are in use for 14-15 hours a day. All lights are switched off at the end of the working day by staff, conserving energy and reducing our overall impact. Keeping fridges and freezers running for food and drink is unavoidable due to health and safety requiring products to be kept at specific temperatures. All glass, cardboard, and plastic used within the venue are recycled on-site to reduce wastage. The food wastage from unused sandwiches is sent back to the suppliers in order to reduce waste even further by selecting the best-selling products and matching sales figures to following orders. StUdio is also a water bottle refill point, promoting the use of reusable bottles rather than the purchase of single-use plastics. The plates, cutlery, and cups used within the venue are also environmentally friendly and have either been made from recycled materials or can be recycled. Any administrative documents are also printed on recycled paper in accordance with the rest of the SU.


3. SU Shop

We recognise that our new SU shop has the potential to cause significant environmental damage in a variety of ways. Some of these are unavoidable such as the energy required to keep fridges going, the CO2 released by delivery vans and the sale of plastic bottled drinks. However, we try and take action to limit the damage where possible. We recycle all cardboard waste from deliveries, we send food waste to a local charity in Horsforth where we can so that this can be put to use and we have set up a collection point for plastic bottle tops. We, of course, sell plastic bottles in the shop and often bottle lids are not recycled so we have a collection point set up by our door.


4. Paper

Throughout all our activities we use a significant amount of paper, be this promoting events, printing out agendas, minutes, notes, documentation for university meetings and generally a whole variety of day-to-day business. This is difficult to avoid in most instances. In order to mitigate the impact of this as best we can, we have taken two major steps; firstly we now exclusively use 100% recycled paper in our printers and secondly, we now have an (almost) paperless marketing strategy. Posters and Flyers are only used for key democratic events, such as elections. All other events use exclusively digital marketing.


5. Computers/Lights left on

Across our offices there are 8 desktop computers, these are mainly active during working hours, which is avoidable energy usage. However often they can be left on overnight, usually due to forgetfulness on behalf of staff. In order to reduce this occurrence, we intend to procure some “Green Impact” stickers to remind everyone to shut off their computer at the end of the day. The only lights currently left on out of hours are those of the fridges in the shop, however, it is possible to turn these off without altering the temperature inside, so we now switch these off out of trading hours.


6. Food/Kitchen Waste

We have a small kitchen area in the SU offices which is used by staff to prepare food and hot drinks. This obviously has an electrical cost (from the use of microwave and kettle) and produces waste from food/drink wrappers and containers. We have two clearly marked bins in the Kitchen; one for recycling and one for landfill. We ensure that all new staff are encouraged to check that anything they are throwing in landfill absolutely must go there and that they recycle everything where possible. We also intend to implement the use of a small food waste bin. Other food waste to be factored in would be any products handed out during large events such as elections and freshers. The food handed out is long life and pre-packaged so is more likely to be consumed before hitting its expiry date, however, there is no guarantee that these won’t go to waste.

Survey Results

We asked you about your priorities for us this year - check out the result summaries below.

What should the SU START doing to be more socially, environmentally, or economically sustainable? 

What should the SU STOP doing to be more socially, environmentally, or economically sustainable? 

What should the SU CONTINUE doing to be more socially, environmentally, or economically sustainable? 

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Registered Office: Leeds Trinity Students' Union, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5HD
Registered Charity Number: 1184182

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