Going Greener: Creating Transition Universities
Going Greener Campaign Aim
With this campaign, People & Planet has kickstarted a Transition Universities movement to:
create a low-carbon, resilient and community-led education sector that achieves carbon emissions reductions of at least 50% by 2020
We are doing this by supporting student-led campaigns to challenge and transform behaviour, policies and practices within their own institutions.
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What is a Transition University?
Our Going Greener campaign brings staff and students together to develop and implement their own response to the twin challenges of climate change and energy security. Students and staff are working together on localised, practical projects designed to dramatically reduce energy-usage and climate impact. People & Planet is supporting a network of Transition Universities which are working to become resilient, low-carbon & more community-led in addressing their environmental & social impacts. There are a number of practical projects for students and staff can get stuck into, including a few examples below focusing on energy and food.
People & Planet can support your group to co-ordinate The Big Green Makeover, a home energy saving project which helps students and staff to make their homes warmer, more cosy and cheaper to live in. We’ll train up your volunteers to teach other students and staff how they can save energy, water, waste and money through small behavioural and practical changes in their homes. By building partnerships within the university, your project could recruit an army of volunteers to organise energy advice saving clinics, run interactive workshops and carry out home visits to students’ private rented accommodation. Contact us if you’d like to start a Big Green Makeover project.
People & Planet is supporting students across the UK to launch and run student food co-ops (known as Scoops). Starting a Scoop at your university can provide your fellow students (and staff) with access to good food at affordable prices - think fresh, seasonal, local, healthy and low-carbon food. Scoops work by pooling their members’ buying power and ordering food in bulk direct from suppliers & local farmers, so that a group of people can buy good food at a more affordable price. For advice, training workshops, start-up grants and resource packs contact us.