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7 ways to make a sustainable start to the year

By Julia Kendal |

At Southampton, we bring our students and staff together to deliver ground-breaking and award winning sustainability initiatives. Here’s seven ways you can play your part, starting today: Switch off – remember to switch off computers and lights when you’re not using them. Our annual Blackout event – run by more than 250 volunteers – highlights the […]

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Swapping throwaway-consumption for second-hand

By Julia Kendal |

On the 19th March Southampton Swap Shop returned to the Cube. Every year hundreds of students and staff donate unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories, swapping them for new (to them!) items at Swap Shop. This time over 450 items of men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and accessories (weighing a grand total of 140 kg) were saved […]

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99 attendees to the Sustainability Festival

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by Madlaina Michelotti, Organiser of Southampton Hub’s Sustainability Festival On Saturday 7th March, Southampton Hub held another day-long Sustainability Festival that proved to bring even more students, staff and external organisations together than last year’s! With 99 attendees, inspiring talks and stallholders, delicious food and live music, the Physics building was buzzing with likeminded […]

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Sustainability doesn’t stop for Christmas!

By Julia Kendal |

With the end of term and the Christmas holidays fast approaching, it’s important to be thinking about the sustainability of this often consumer-focused holiday. Students on the interdisciplinary curriculum innovation module ‘Sustainability in the Local and Global Environment’ designed and produced films exploring different sustainability issues; these may help you navigate some of the sustainability […]

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Overwhelmed by sustainability? Reflections on Interdisciplinary Research Week and why you don’t need to know everything.

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by Amy Nicholass, Student Sustainability Champion Do you ever feel that sustainability is an overwhelming concept? No one can really be expected to know the environmental, social and economic impacts of their activities, you can’t possibly be good at all of those disciplines simultaneously to make an informed decision on action, right? Well, […]

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Sustainability Week – and a whole lot more!

By Jessica Lobo |

February has been a busy month so far for sustainability at the University, and with the HEA Conference on Educating Global Citizens being hosted here next week, the excitement is far from over! Kicking off the month with Sustainability Week, the Ethical and Environmental committee organised a week full of activities at the Students Union. Games […]

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New Years Resolutions: The Sustainable Challenge

By Jessica Lobo |

New Year’s resolutions are all about changing your life for the better, however in the past mine have always turned out to be fairly unsustainable in the sense that they only last a few weeks! This year however, I am determined to make a resolution that will not only be a fun challenge, but can […]

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A successful first Swap Shop of the year!

By Julia Kendal |

On the 5th December, we held the first Swap Shop of the year -a clothes swapping event for students and staff on campus. This followed the success of the first ever Swap Shop event which took place in March 2013. People dropped off their unwanted (or perhaps more appealing put “pre-loved”) clothes, shoes and accessories in the […]

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Make a Difference Day

By Jessica Lobo |

Last week Sustainability Action teamed up with the Student Union’s Ethical and Environmental Committee to take part in Freshers’ week.  ‘Make a Difference Day’ on Thursday was buzzing with students finding out about safe and sustainable ways to travel, getting involved with RAG and joining in with the many charity, campaign and conservation societies that […]

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