Responsible Futures is an accreditation mark developed by the NUS for university’s and further education institutions. The accreditation is dedicated towards helping students become global citizens by equipping them with the skills and attributes to help them meet the challenges of the future. One method of achieving this goal is by embedding sustainability into the whole curriculum. So you might find that as well as the Energy Engineering course, your Nursing Degree will have an element of sustainability to it.
Yesterday saw the blossoming of this new relationship between NUS’ Responsible Futures, DMU and DMU Students Union. DMU’s Education for Sustainable Development forum and Students Union met up with NUS’ lead on Responsible Futures to learn more about how other institutions and student unions have approached the initiative and to start thinking about DMU’s own journey towards achieving accreditation. Responsible Futures will be on hand to guide DMU and our Students Union and what’s more, the final audit towards accreditation will be conducted by a trained group of DMU’s very own students!
Sustainability is becoming an increasingly prominent issue across the globe and the idea of embedding it into DMU’s curriculum can help shape the decisions of future DMU graduates into sustainable decisions whether that be in your personal or professional lives (or both!).
DMU is already doing lots of great work towards promoting sustainability and as a fellow student, I think it’s a great initiative to help streamline all of the many projects going on across the university and make it easier for students to find out more and get involved. Who knows, Responsible Futures may even spark up a new interest in you.
Hello I’m Shanics, the latest Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner to join the Estates’ sustainability team here at DMU. I’m taking over from Alex so I’ll try my best to fill her shoes and keep the blog posts as exciting and engaging as she has!
I’ll be supporting the social media channels on some of the projects the team work on to encourage students and staff to be mindful of and make sustainable decisions in their every-day lives.
Becoming a Frontrunner is a great way to gain hands on experience in a variety of roles within DMU. I’m currently studying Corporate Social Sustainability and International Business so you’ve probably gathered that I’m interested in all things sustainable but my passion lies in ethical trading. Being a Frontrunner in the Estates’ sustainability team means that I get to learn more about how DMU tackles its sustainability goals. I’m mostly looking forward to engaging with you all and helping out at the annual Fairtrade Fortnight (which hopefully means lots of Fairtrade chocolate!).
We have lots going on around DMU from NUS Student Switch Off to Fairtrade Fortnight. So watch this space and keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for more information on how you too can get involved!
If you didn’t already know I’m Alex and I’ve been managing the sustainableDMU social media accounts since October and today is my last day!
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in the office and have learned so much about environment and sustainability. I’ve helped with the promoting of Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 & Earth Week 2017!
More info: Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 Storify Feed & Earth Week 2017 Storify Feed
I got the chance to attend the NUS Student Sustainability Summit 2016 at Newcastle University Student’s Union and learnt about divestment and how we can encourage our universities to be more sustainable.
Attending the NUS student Sustainability Conference
Art Student, Helen Gunn’s environmental artwork.
Interviewing BBC Sustainability Manager, Richard Smith for #DMUearthweek.
The Estates Development Building
I’ve hugged some trees, interviewed a BBC Sustainability Manager, eaten a lot of Fairtrade chocolate, shared some gifs of really cute animals, created some polls on Twitter about bees, learned a lot about bats, watched pigeons out of the office window, stopped drinking bottled water, filmed some time lapses in the rain, learned that Karl Letten has terrible taste in films and comedy TV shows, turned off some lights, learned that we use rainwater in the Hugh Aston toilets, watched a few documentaries, tried to stop eating strawberries that have travelled all the way from Peru, written some articles for The Demon Online and made some friends.
Thank you all for having me, it’s been great!
If you’re interested in applying to be the next Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner, APPLY HERE through mygateway.
It can be difficult to know what to eat if you’re used to consuming meat frequently. We’ve got a couple of Meat Free Monday recipes that’ll stop you craving meat and you’ll want to eat everyday of the week!
- 150g pasta
- 1tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 carrot, grated
- frozen veggie mince
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 small red onion
- 1tsp dried basil
- 1tsp dried oregano
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- sprinkle of salt and pepper
- Fry onions and garlic in oil add veggie mince
- Add herbs and tomato puree
- Once onions are caramelised, add tinned tomatoes.
- Cook pasta, add bolognese, garnish with grated carrot.
Sweet Potato, Coconut & Spinach Curry
- 1 red onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1tsp vegetable oil
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1 tin of coconut milk
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- 2 tsp of tomato puree
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 2 tsp desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1tsp paprika
- 1tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp masala curry powder
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp corn flour
- 80g rice of choice.
- Fry onion and garlic in oil, add spices and tomato puree
- Add coconut milk, tinned tomatoes, par-boiled sweet potato and spinach.
- Let simmer, then add cornflour and nutritional yeast.
- Cook rice with double the amount of water.
- Top with desiccated coconut. Serve curry once as thick as desired.
If you try either of these recipes, share them on twitter and tag @sustainabledmu, we’d love to see them!
– Alexandra Kilcran, Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner
Final Year Fine Art student at DMU, Helen Gunn, has been producing some very interesting work around ecology and sustainability and we thought we should share it with everyone.
This is the piece: ‘Broken – Crassulaceae’
The large sculpture was exhibited indoors and then installed in the DMU car park for a day in the summer of 2016.
The sculpture concerns a plant, ecology and migration. The form is based on a perennial sedum belonging to the Crassulaceae family which evolved 100-60 million years ago.
The eco-artist stated that the Crassulaceae ‘Is a popular ‘bought garden plant’ because it conveniently survives neglect. By representing the flower umbel with toy vehicles I make comparisons between the plant’s longevity and the short-lived era of the automobile; between global auto trade with its brand divisions and Crassulaceae species hybridisation and global spread through natural and cultivated systems. The reversal of car scale to plant privileges the sedum representation, disturbing typical hierarchies and honours Crassulaceae longevity, also plant capacity to absorb harmful CO2 emissions released by driven vehicles. The sculpture is constructed from recycled woods. By presenting it as ‘stem broken’ the perennial capacity for re-growth is acknowledged. Vehicles forming the umbel were donated by children.’
Helen also created another piece titled ‘Green House’.
The sculpture is made from hanging panels which are ‘sacrificial boards’. Wooden panels which are sacrificed during the fabrication of other projects.
Helen’s future work will focus on the changing climate and attitudes towards nature during this period.
Special thanks to Helen Gunn, for letting us discuss her brilliant environmental and Eco-conscious sculptures!
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– Alexandra Kilcran, Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner
We know it can be easy to buy too much food, or waste a lot during Christmas, but by using LED lights, only buying food which you know you’ll eat and maybe a treat or two here and there, buying and using sustainable wrapping paper or just buying less overall, you can enjoy Christmas without it having a negative effect on the environment!
Here are some really useful websites with tips on how to have a more sustainable Christmas:
Friends of the Earth – 25 Eco-friendly Christmas Tips
The Guardian – 7 Tips for Smart Christmas Recycling
Recycle This – Recycling at Christmas
Recycle Now – Recycling at Christmas
The Huffington Post – Reducing Food Waste
Love Food Hate Waste – Money Saving Christmas
Leicester City Council – Christmas and New Year Recycling
Energy Saving LED Christmas Lights
The Guardian – Minimalist Christmas
One Green Planet – Upcycled Christmas Gifts
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!! ♻️🎄
DMU has achieved a First Class sustainability status from People & Planet!
Here’s how we scored:
For a more in depth breakdown of what we’ve done as a university check out the website: https://peopleandplanet.org/university/129441/ul16