Posted on Tue 10 Dec 2019 at 17:34 by Louise Henrard
Full motion can be accessed here: https://www.ausa.org.uk/resources/6045/Environmental-Policy-2017/
Last updated: 10/12/2019
As the motion is quite lenghty, I haven't copied all the actions mandated on here, but feel free to have a look at the specific actions and get in touch if you have any questions. This policy was passed in 2017, some initiatives/projects might have been missed in this update as this is mainly an update of the policy for the academic year 2019-2020.
-Introducing a bike-pool scheme for students to access safe and free bikes for short-term period
-Worked with the Security Services to have more signage regarding locations where bikes can't be locked
-Plant-based options are available in Union Brew
-Working to avoid contract with companies which don't offer plant-based options
-Student Gardens next to Butchart Building is a space where students can grow food on cmapus. AUSA will support the Garden Society to maintain the access of the gardens.
-Foodsharing Hub has opened in the Student Union Building and has collections for several stores in Aberdeen. Agreement with the University to receive any safe-to-eat food surplus from events/food outlets has almost been finalised.
Communication and Engagement:
-AberGreen has been a sustainable project running for 2 years (2018-2020). AUSA has signed up for the NUS Green Impact Award for tHe year 2019-2020.
-Go Green Week/FairTrade Fortnight currently (2019) being planned.
Representing, influencing and campaigning
-Food waste bins have been added outdoor after lobbying from AUSA. We are pushing for indoor food waste bins as well.
-Funding has been allocated for People and Planet annual gathering for students interested in social and environmental justice. Working in collaboration with People and Planet regarding the Fossil Free Campaign and Go Green Week.
-Communities Officer is part of the Sustainable Working Group (Sub-group of the University 2020-2040 Strategy), Investment Committee and Catering Forum. In this Investment committee, I push for full divestment pledge long-term and short-term for the creation of a sustainable investment policy (in which investment in renewables will be alongside a committment of partial divestment).
In the Catering Forum, I have been pushing for an increase in provision for plant-based food, reducing meat and raising awareness on the environmental impact of meat.
-AUSA Staff will participate in a Carbon Literacy Course (2019)