The aim of the Green Ladder Project is to improve and deepen student involvement in sustainability issues by supporting and student led projects. It all started back in 2014 when the National Union of Students awarded this Union a grant to kick start a whole range of activity via The Student Green Fund. Over the last two years we've seen students transform the campus. A Secret Garden has been established that now grows fruit, berries and even hops. This green space is great for biodiverstiy - so good for nature as well as students!
We then saw students create 32 micro allotments where students and staff are now growing potatoes, onions, strawberries, spinach and many other tasty things. Get in contact if you would an allotment.
We've also seen the project run Food Drives, pop up Stationery Stalls, and Switch Offs that are helping us to use less resources more effectively by saving or sharing reseources. The annual Green Week in February sees a week of awareness rasing events and activities. From debates on Fracking to Green Week student bursiaries there is a huge range of ways of students can get involved across the week.
The project is here to support students ideas on how we can all work towards doing more with less. We need to cut our global carbon emissions if we want to stop catastrophic climate change from happening. The answers and solutions to this lie with all of us. Be part of the solution. Share you ideas, energy and time to make a difference here on campus today - now!
The project is award winning. In 2014 and 2015 we have been finalists in the EAUC Green Gown Award. In 2015 The Union won NUS Most Innovative Enivronmental Award 2015. In 2014 & 2015 are food growing projects have seen us win RHS Its Your Neighbourhood Awards.
What’s In It for Me?
Through the Students’ Union Green Ladder Project, you will have the opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills by attending a range of activities, from Give It A Go events, Stand Up, Stand Out training workshops, volunteering on campus and in the local community, to getting involved in national and international campaigns.
All volunteering hours can be counted towards the Students Union Livesey Award. This is a great way to get recognition for your volunteering.
This all looks great on a CV and will improve your employability. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates who know and engaged in issues around sustainability.
You will also get to meet new people and enjoy social events and do fun stuff.
And it will make you part of the solution! Please do get in contact.