Green Guild helps students lead on sustainability by engaging with schools, plants, bees, saving energy and water, recycling, their own project designs, curriculum change and social events.
Staff and students have worked with pupils of all ages from nine local schools. They had a great time visiting the Guild during Green Week with a packed day including social enterprise workshops, and have been busy with loads of activities from book swap to bottle gardening. Participation is set to double with more invited to join, leading it to be shortlisted for a Green Gown award.
Students' Green Fund has provided the funds to plan a new roof garden, with students taking part in a competition throwing up many innovative designs. Working closely with the University Ness Gardens the project will increase biodiversity on campus. The new living wall outside the Guild (pictured) is a welcome stopover for the bees now returned to the roof, and the installation of a food waste composter to recycle all food waste from the Guild will provide compost for the gardens - a closed loop system.
A new wave of Student Switch Off activity crashed through the halls to include recycling with student auditors and students pledging to save water. Combined efforts saw record breaking electricity savings equivalent to over 230 tonnes of CO2.
The Green Seed Fund supported a wide variety of student-led projects from a student allotment area, repairing/re-using electrical components and an aquaponic roof top urban farm. There are now plans for further sites across the city, and a team of engineers are gaining notoriety for their world record human-powered speed attempt (velocipede)! All these plus the new project submissions are supported by Green Guild to allow them to flourish.
Also, Student Green Course Ambassadors surveyed colleagues showing a massive 94% ‘yes’ vote to include sustainable development at the university. The Ambassadors ran focus groups helping inform the next stage of the curriculum programme working with our university partners to translate this interest into student representation on curriculum planning.