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Student Union recognised for going green

Posted on 12/05/2010

Sarah Stuckey, Alice Redfern, David Cummins and Rachel Pearson collecting the award.

The Students’ Union at Royal Holloway, University of London has been accredited with a Silver Standard for its positive green innovations for the second year running.

The Sound Impact scheme is an environmental accreditation scheme for students’ unions, to encourage, reward and celebrate their good environmental practice.

Royal Holloway’s Sabbatical team has worked hard this year to get students involved in green issues and launched their involvement in the 10:10 campaign with a screening of ‘The Age of Stupid’. Go Green Week followed in February, including Carbon Reduction Day and a Swap Shop. The Students’ Union also entered the Ecologist Communications Challenge and submitted a video on YouTube promoting environmental issues. The video - which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hun17XOupI – has had almost 20,000 hits since it was submitted.

A campus Community Garden project is also due to be launched next month with an area of allotment and raised beds ready for students to use to grown their own produce.

David Cummins, Vice President of Communications and Services, who project led the Sound Impact application, said: “Alice Redfern and I have been working with the College’s Sustainability Officer Anna Simpson throughout this year, and we’d like to thank her for all her support with both Sound Impact and general support on campaigns like Go Green Week. We are really pleased to have the College working towards a more ethically and environmentally responsible campus.”


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