10 Ways Students Can Save Our Planet
15 Sep 21
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Environmental sustainability is the responsibility that we are all under to look after our planet as individuals, businesses, and institutions. As an educational institution, we strive for the highest standards, and that includes our commitment to being as eco-friendly as possible.
Understanding the Importance of Sustainability
Businesses and institutions have long realised that sustainability matters, and what is just as important is how they plan to act and develop their commitment to reducing their impact on the environment.
The reasons why this is important have been highlighted many times. And there are many aspects to environmental damage too.
For example, 9 in 10 people across the globe breathe polluted air, which has a long-term impact on health. The major contributor to polluted air is the burning of fossil fuels.
Another major environmental concern, and one that has come to prominence in the last few months, is our consumption of one-use plastics and where plastic ends its journey when we have finished with it. More than 80% of the plastic consumed globally makes its way into the oceans. Some of this plastic is so small, that we cannot see it, and neither can sea creatures, including fish. And that means we unwittingly consume it when we eat seafood.
Sustainability in Universities
Research has shown that if individuals make small changes, and stick to them, they reduce their negative impact on the environment. For businesses and universities, this is also true.
But changes to improve sustainability in universities (and business) isn't always straightforward. Energy consumption, for example, is challenging to manage and decrease. For example, changing energy supply to more green measures, such as solar panels, comes with additional costs.
In other words, new sustainability practices usher in changes to the way people work and how services are delivered. Of course, there are times when this has and may continue to be, challenging. But because sustainability matters, at the University of Bolton, we are committed to making these changes.
As an institution, we have been making changes to improve our environmental practices for many years now. However, this isn't just about what we do, but how our students engage in university life and education, too – because sustainability matters more now than ever before.
We're not doing this alone. There is a whole community and a range of support available to making sustainability in universities a long-term reality.
The United Nations published Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. The 17 areas that these goals cover include improving life on the land, as well as below water. In other words, everyone committing to reducing air pollution as well as making more effort to recycle and reuse plastic appropriately, and not for it to end up in our oceans.
At the University of Bolton, we are adopting the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, using them to underpin the changes we are making to improve our sustainability. We are encouraging our students to adopt greener habits too across their studies and that all our staff are committed to making and sustaining these changes.
Throughout University life
From recycling to reducing our consumption of non-recyclable materials to using local suppliers and encouraging students to enjoy greener studying and life habits, the key to success to making sustainability in universities stick is for everyone to be involved.
Our mission statement clearly sets how we plan on meeting these loft sustainability goals. And we know that all our students and staff will work together to do everything to drive this forward and make it a reality. Once we have reached these goals, we will continue to adapt and improve them.
To learn more about our sustainability policy, why not take a look at our policy here. Or, send a message to email@example.com and get involved in the conversation about sustainability in education with the University of Bolton.