Environment and Sustainability


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When you're moving out at the academic year, the temptation is to just throw everything you don't want or need away, but this creates a collosal amount of waste accross the whole of Bath. Have a look below at ways you can reduce your waste in the coming weeks.

Reduce Your WasteUsing up your leftovers

There's loads of things you can do with food that you'd usually throw away! Have you tried making veggie crisps with leftover or tired veggies? They are also the perfect revision snack.

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F / Gas Mark 2).
  2. Take potato peelings or tired veggies (carrots, kale, beetroot, whatever you have left over).
  3. Slice tired veggies into strips, remove kale stems and chop into bite-size pieces.
  4. (Keep kale/leaf veggies separate) Put veggies in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, mix and season to taste, adding whatever herbs you fancy.
  5. Spread thinly on a baking tray.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the kale, putting it on a separate tray as it will need less time in the oven.
  7. Bake the first tray for 10 minutes.
  8. Add the kale tray for a further 15 minutes (watch to make sure it doesn't burn!)
  9. Cool. These crisps will keep for 1-2 days in an airtight container and can be re-crisped in the oven.


Leave No Trace - Recycle, donate and clear out!

Accommodation and Hospitality Services within the University have co-ordinated a Leave no Trace campaign throughout the year, dedicated to reducing waste.  If you can't take all your belongings with you at the end of term, you can donate items in by placing them in the crates in your kitchen or social space, and British Heart Foundation or Children's Society donation banks.

Crates can be filled with:

  • Electrical goods
  • Nonperishable foods for Bath Foodbank
  • Cookware (pots, pans and utensils)
  • Crockery
  • Cutlery

British Heart Foundation donation banks can be filled with:

  • Clean clothing and shoes
  • Bed sheets (no duvets or pillows)
  • Books
  • Stationery
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Bags and accessories
  • Ornaments and other decorative pieces

Children's Society donation banks can be filled with:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

There are currently British Heart Foundation collection banks outside:

  • Brendon Court
  • Eastwood
  • Westwood
  • Quads
  • Bus Stops 

You'll find Childrens' Society collection banks outside:

  • Conygre
  • The parcel room

Find out more in the University's guide!

Our Vision

To unite our academic integrity with a moral responsibility which cares for human health and a sustainable world. The SU is committed to environment & sustainability via a bottom-up approach, where student involvement, projects and initiatives can lead by example and allow us to demand more of our University.

Our focus for 2016/17 includes:

If you would like any more information about any of these initiatives, email the Activities Officer on suactivities@bath.ac.uk 

The Team

SU Activities Officer

Environment and Sustainability is part of the SU Activities Officer's responsibilities. The officer consults with the E&S representative to maximize efforts and collaboration with other areas of the SU. This allows the officer to contribute to the group while not neglecting his other responsibilities. More about the SU Activities Officer here. 

Enviroment and Sustainability Representative

The Environment and Sustainability representatives lead the SU’s efforts on campus. Watch out for elections in March to stand to be an E&S Rep!

The E&S Reps:

  • Support the Activities Officer in organising Go Green Week
  • Help with student-led campaigns
  • Help implement Enviromental Policy at the Union and the University


The Uniiversity of Bath Students' Union Fossil Free Policy is available here.

Where possible, Bath SU should avoid actions that may damage the environment or reduce the environmental sustainability of the union. 

This ideal should underpin any actions Bath SU takes, and any plans that are developed for the future and should be in consideration at all times.

The Code of Practice includes examples of good practice, but is not an exhaustive list of ways in which Bath SU can reduce its impact on the environment. All staff and students should seek to extend this Code of Practice, particularly in line with national guidelines, to further expand on examples in which Bath SU can improve.

Suggestions which arise from the Environment and Sustainability student group and the Environment and Sustainability Rep should also be taken into consideration for implementation by Bath SU, and the hall reps for this area should be actively supported by the student leaders and the union.

The SU will commit to creating an action plan each year where 3 main areas will be targeted for improvement, and visible changes should be made after each. The SU will also aim for the Green Impact award every 3 years.

All student groups should be made aware of this policy, and where it is not adhered to, they will face appropriate disciplinary action in their area, to be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the SU Officer for that area.

Code of Practice

  • Bath SU should avoid printing excess copies of papers for meetings. Where all attendees of SU meetings have tablet computers, agendas and minutes should be circulated via email. For all university meetings, the SU should look into equipping student reps with tablets to reduce the need for hard copies of papers, and where these are available no hard copies should be printed.
  • Bath SU should maintain and encourage use of recycling bins throughout the Student Centre and work with the University and the Student Community Partnership to encourage the use of recycling bins in halls of residence and in private accommodation. Opportunities for recycling should be provided in all possible food preparation and commercial areas, and information on recycling should be distributed to all students. Students will be encouraged to aim for a target of 50% of all recyclable waste being done so, and Bath SU will engage with the SCP Move Out campaign to facilitate this through encouraging the recycling of items other than food and packaging.
  • Plasma screens, lights, computers, and other electrical items should be turned off when not in use and overnight where practical rather than being left on standby. Bath SU should encourage all staff to follow this procedure and address any areas where this is proving difficult.
  • All transport arrangements should be considered carefully and wherever realistic the option with the least impact on the environment should be taken. SU funding will only be provided for the most environmentally friendly option unless reasons for other means of transport are submitted before the date of travel.
  • Food provided for catered events should be monitored to evaluate waste, and actions taken to reduce waste and overall carbon emissions as a result of ongoing analysis. At all catered events where hot drinks are provided by the SU (eg Tea and Talk) thermos jugs are to be used to transport hot water rather than buying more. Bottled water should be avoided in favour of tap water for all meetings.
  • Bath SU should promote opportunities for action and environmentally friendly initiatives to members and interested groups, particularly the group working with the Environment and Sustainability Rep and People and Planet. Bath SU should also work on educating students on their impact on the environment and how best to reduce it using informed, researched methods. Bath SU should push the University of Bath to become a leader in the field, working with expert staff in the department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
  • Bath SU will lobby all external partners and stakeholders to follow these steps and any others to minimise their impact on the environment.

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Care for your Campus

Following feedback from students and staff last year about rubbish and mess left in teaching rooms, the University and the Students’ Union ran a Care for your Campus campaign in 2014/15. Our teaching rooms are very heavily utilised throughout the year and should always be left in a state fit for the next people using the room. We would like to encourage everyone to take care of our campus and:

  • Clear up
  • Clean up
  • Recycle

The University also has a food and drink policy providing information on what can, and what can’t, be served in teaching spaces.

Opportunities outside of the Student’s Union