This week we’ve got another guest blogger, Alysha, who has just finished her 3 year Environmental Science course at QMUL. She has shared her top tips on how you can be a sustainable student, so, whether you’re going to start university in September or you’re already studying, these top tips are for you!
1. Simple gestures
Switching off the lights, turning off the tap, report any water leaks… Small changes such as these make a big impact to conserve energy and water in the long run!
2. Go digital
Whenever possible, take advantage of technology to limit paper usage. Make notes on your computer, and only print things out if you really need to. Just remember to back everything up regularly! Encourage your friends and staff to go digital too!
3.Recycle and re-use
Whether it’s paper or electronics (yep, even mobile phones), QM is equipped with facilities all across campus to encourage recycling!
Queen Mary also carries out several campaigns such as Stationary Amnesty and Halls Reuse Campaign, the latter where students can donate unwanted items when they move out at the end of second term. Items are collected and passed on to new residents moving into halls the following September! This helps reduce overall amount of waste sent to landfill, and energy used for recycling. Click here for more information.
4.Ride a bike!
Cycling is one of the most sustainable forms of local transportation, because the only energy it uses comes from the amount of energy your legs put into it! BONUS: cheaper mode of transportation and keeps you fit!
The completion of the Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) on Mile End Road which has provided segregated cycle lanes along Whitechapel High Street, most of Whitechapel Road, Mile End Road and Bow Road, allows for a more safe and comfortable environment for cyclists. In addition, QM offers space for 746 bikes to be securely stored on campus, with 16 ultra-secure bike lockers available to rent (more spaces coming soon)! Plus, QMUL provides five free cycle maintenance events to cyclists throughout the year. What’s not to like??
5.Get involved with the Green Mary Student group!
The Green Mary student group Green Mary is QMUL’s sustainability-focused student group. Working closely with the sustainability team on formal and informal events – you can find out more in last week’s blog post!
6.Buy local produce or, better yet, grow your own!
Buy locally, if possible, instead of ordering from faraway places! This helps support the local economy and creates less of a carbon footprint than shipping out of town.
With this in mind, the QMUL Green Mary Garden allotments provide QMUL staff and students with an opportunity to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs on campus. In order to maximise the number of people who can access this fantastic resource, plots will be allocated to allotment teams. Email the sustainability team if you’re interseted in joining the allotment group at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We hope you’ve enjoyed these blogs by our two guest bloggers – if you’d like to get involved, get in touch at email@example.com! We’re always on the look out for new contributors!