My experience as a Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner

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If you don’t already know, applications to become the next Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner (Campaigns and Social Media) are now open! I would encourage anyone with an interest in sustainability or environmental related issues to apply. The internship has given me the opportunity to put my basic knowledge of topics such as Fairtrade, green behaviour and sustainability in education into practice. I now know so much more about DMU’s sustainability work than I did before I started my Frontrunner position almost six months ago. Learning about the top-class work they’ve achieved in the People and Planet League alongside the future plans to address Sustainable Development Goal #14, Life Below Water makes me even more proud to be a student here.

As a Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner, you’ll get the chance to learn more about the initiatives the university is taking towards sustaianablility and put forward your own views from a student perspective. It’s also a great opportunity to develop your social media and marketing skills as you’ll be spending plenty of time promoting events across digital platforms and talking to students during outreach events.

You’ll also get the opportunity to be involved in NUS’s annual sustainability summit. This was a real highlight for me as I got the chance to meet likeminded students with an interest in sustainability and was also an eye opener into a range of sustainability topics I hadn’t thought about before. If you enjoy writing editorial content or would like to give it a go, the role also gives you the chance to develop these skills by writing engaging web content like this!

The team are also incredibly friendly and if you ever need any help or support along your journey as a Frontrunner, they’ll be there to help and answer any questions you may have. You’ll also find a tempting supply of Fairtrade chocolate at most events – yet another great reason to apply!

Applications for the position can be made through DMU’s MyGateway. Closing date for applications is Thursday 26th April.

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DMU students and staff support NUS Sustainable Development Goals Teach-In Week

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As part of the NUS Responsible Futures campaign, DMU pledged to take part in the Teach-In week from 19th – 23rd February 2018. The Teach-In week was held to emphasise the importance of and to ‘raise awareness of why the Sustainable Development Goals should be at the heart of further and higher education, and help catalyse the change to make this happen’.

NUS believe that the Teach-In is important as a means of raising awareness of the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals alongside preparing students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to tackle 21st Century challenges. NUS research has also shown that 60% of students, regardless of their discipline, want to learn more about sustainability, which the Teach-In event aims at fulfilling.

DMU have already been awarded a First Class award by the People and Planet University League for being ranked 13th out of 151 institutions for being one of the greenest Universities across the country. Despite already practicing sustainability across the campus, and an annual increase in the number of module descriptions relevant to sustainability increasing to 88, DMU pledged to participate in the NUS Teach-In week. Throughout the week, across the university, several lecturers made the NUS pledge to integrate a particular Sustainable Development Goal into one of their seminars, workshops, case studies, debates and discussions.

9 lecturers across several faculties at the university pledged to take part in the Teach-In week, ranging across faculties from Fashion, Communications and Media Production to Strategic Management and Marketing. Lecturers such as Andrew Reeves, a teacher in the faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development focused a seminar session with a group of students looking at the Sustainable Development Goal #14 ‘Life Below Water’ in which the impact of plastic waste on sea life was focused on. Other sessions throughout the week included those taught by Emma Wood, a member of the Fashion and Textiles faculty who focused a seminar on Sustainable Cities and Communities.

The Teach-In week at enabled both DMU students and staff to extend existing knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals provided by the United Nations, yet to also gain an insight into how detrimental human waste and action can be on attaining these goals. The integration of the goals into different courses enables students and staff to realise the relevance of the SDGs across varied disciplines, and with the realisation of their prevalence, hopefully influence both staff and student to make positive changes about their lives towards attaining the goals.

 

DMU pledges to reduce use of plastics on campus in support of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

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As a nation we throw away 2.5 billion disposable plastic coffee cups a year. Blue Planet II’s recent eye opening documentary showed us the devastating impact plastic and other non-degradable materials has on our wildlife and pleaded for a call to action from everyone across the world.

This call has been heard by us at DMU and plans are being developed to reduce our use of plastics on campus! In support of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, DMU announced its initiative to remove all non-recyclable plastic cups from campus and issue 26,000 free reusable cups to students and staff.

The move is part of DMU’s wider goals to ban non-recyclable plastics from campus by September 2018 and was announced at the UN by Vice Chancellor, Dominic Shellard during last week’s DMU Global trip to New York.

To help meet the inspirational target, DMU has also committed to:

  • Replacing all plastic cutlery with compostable items
  • Replacing all plastic milk cartoons from all outlets with recyclable alternatives
  • Expanding the number of free drinking water fountains on campus – both indoor and outdoor

By using a reusable cup, you’ll not only benefit from a 20p saving when purchasing any hot drink on campus – you’ll be leading the change towards a more sustainable future.