We’ve been looking ahead to university Green Weeks coming up this year and wondering how you can really get the most out of them, using the Green Week buzz to trigger meaningful and lasting action amongst your staff and students.
Our decision: to introduce some friendly, real-time competition to see which university can raise the most pledges and save the most carbon.
Whilst we’re all about encouraging behaviour change and healthy environmentally friendly habits, we realise we aren’t always clear enough about exactly what we do. So we thought we’d share some real concrete examples of the different things you can do with Do Nation.
We know many of you in university sustainability teams are busy bees finalising your plans for the next academic year, but we just wanted to suggest you pause and think about one short question: If you’re planning to use behaviour change to help meet your environmental objectives, how do you plan to track and measure the impact?
We really get a thrill from working with Universities as it provides an incredible opportunity to engage with students at one of the critical times in their lives. They are often living away from home for the first time and forming the habits that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. It also gives us the opportunity to engage staff at the University alongside students, helping to build a more sustainably minded, better connected community. We were then, over the moon to be able to run a programme earlier this year with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the Students’ Union. Here’s the lowdown on what we managed to do together and why they chose to work with us.
Update: We’re incredibly excited that UCLan have been nominated in the student engagement category for the Green Gown Awards 2015.
We’re doubly excited that they were also awarded a Green Impact Gold Award and the Environmental Innovation Award at last night’s 2015 NUS Awards. We’re very proud to have been involved in their achievements this year.