Students’ unions are leading the way in greening campuses and communities across the UK, according the latest findings of NUS’ green scheme.
The Sound Environmental Impact Awards seek to capture the positive green innovations in students’ unions and promote them to the general public.
This year the scheme has found more inspirational initiatives than ever, including Fairtrade football tournaments, bra banks, bike generators, even an alternative allotment scheme for locals making use of student gardens.
“A record 83 students’ unions took part in our scheme this year, capturing an array of novel innovations, including capturing waste heat from dancing students as an alternative to patio heaters’ said Susan Nash, NUS’s Vice President Society and Citizenship.
“With fifty-five unions reaching our Silver standard, we have demonstrated that we have collectively made a really positive impact on the environment.”
The union with the highest score was Edinburgh University Students' Association, credited for getting the University to ensure that medicines developed on campus are provided at cost to the world’s poorest countries.
For the results of this year's awards in full, click here.
Sound Impact is run by NUS, sponsored by The Co-operative and in partnership with www.theecologist.org.