Sustainability Action Blog


Conference: Students and Businesses Transforming their City

By Julia Kendal |


Register now for a free one-day conference on Tuesday 15th September to be inspired and equipped to deliver sustainability projects and solutions.  Throughout the day we will explore how universities and students’ unions can foster a partnership approach to sustainability and the positive impacts such collaborations achieve – empowering students for action, benefiting the local community, and improving university and students’ union reputations nationally.

The day will begin with a keynote by Jamie Agombar from NUS, winner of the 2014 Inspiring Leader of the Year in the Guardian University Awards. Other contributions will include the award-winning sustainability partnership from the University of Southampton Students’ Union and the University of Southampton, as well as networking opportunities throughout the day.

The conference will provide you with fresh inspiration, ideas and tools to partner with those around you to take action for sustainability.

The conference also provides the opportunity to hear about the BEES project (Business Ethics and Environment Students).  This SGF Funded project aims to enhance business ethics and environmental practices of local organisations through student-led audits and solutions.  It has created beneficial change in businesses, improved student’s skills and employability, and is an example of partnership working between the University and Students’ Union.  We expect to roll out this project to interested HEIs across the country next year and this is your chance to hear about these plans and how the project could benefit you.

The conference is free to attend, but a place must be reserved.  Please register online here.

Students travelling from outside Southampton can apply for £40 travel subsidy by ticking the appropriate box during registration.  Please note that this is limited to the first 25 students, so please register early to avoid disappointment.  This subsidy will be paid at the conference and we will confirm that you have been accepted for this beforehand.

More details can be found on the website.

Please email the BEES team if you have any queries.