Sustainability

We value the environment, biodiversity and  Fair Trade policies here at LondonMet Students` Union. Reducing the carbon footprint has been a priority that we are trying to fulfill together with the LondonMet University. As an award winning university the Student Union is committed to raising awareness and promoting sustainability across the campuses. Our university is already home to bees, ducks, and recently we have welcomed peregrine falcons at the top of the Tower Building. 



 

Do you feel that you can contribute to this cause? Are you excited about making a difference? Then, why not join the activities of our Sustainability Student Representative ( SSR) here at LondonMet?

 

What is a Sustainable Student Representative (SSR)?

Basically, SSRs are student volunteers who are elected  each year and are willing to participate in campaigning for and raising awareness of sustainability initiatives across six areas at London Metropolitan University and your Student Union. 

Each position lasts for one year.

 

What are the main responsibilities?

Being a SSR involves 4 main responsibilities;

 

  1. Raising awareness of sustainability initiatives in the university by coordinating student-led campaigns and promoting best practices such as recycling, energy saving methods, lowering carbon footprint etc.

  2. Working in partnership with the University Sustainability Steering Group in helping to impact and meet green initiatives for London Metropolitan University and the Students’ Union.

  3. Educating your peers about sustainability initiatives at London Met 

  4. Advocating for improvements in policies relating to the environment and other sustainability areas by acting on behalf of the student body and representing students’ best interests

 

Still reading this? Great, this means that you are keen on making a green impact! 

 

SSR Positions

The SSR team is made of six SSR. Each of them has a different role. Those roles are outlined below. This allows you several opportunities to get yourself involved in a range of sustainable activities during the year, but at the same time is a chance for you to run in the next year selections.

WEC rep poster           WR rep poster    Food rep poster

 

Biodiversity rep poster           EP rep poster   TE Rep

              

 

What's in for you?

Being an SSR is an excellent opportunity to develop a set of soft skills that will enhance your employability prospects in the future. These includes:

  • Leadership

  • Teamwork

  • Communication skills

  • Time management

  • Networking skills
     

All the students will have this role recorded on their annual transcript. This will provide proof of your participation during the academic year in recognition of your engagement and passion that you have shown.

An initial training which covers the key areas around our sustainability policies and projects will also be provided. All you need is the passion to be included, and we will help you built the knowledge and skills you wish to develop. 
 

How to get involved

If you want to get involved then why not join the SSR team today by getting their membership for free. It is easy- all you have to do is to join the team and they will get back to you.  Just tap here.

 

Wondering if you can be the next SSR? 

Applications for the SSR roles open at the beginning of September each year. All those interested should complete this form to register their interest. 

 

Missed the deadline?

Worried because you missed the deadline for this year? We`ve got U! You can still register your interest by completing the same form above and we will get back to you.

 

More information:

You can read the full role description for our Sustainability reps here.

 

London Metropolitan Students’ Union (LMSU) exists to empower students to make the most of their time at London Met and transform their lives for the better. Volunteers are a crucial part of making that happen, and we are committed to providing high quality, well-supported volunteering opportunities that are accessible to all sections of our diverse student body.  For information about how we do this please see our volunteering page on the LMSU website.

 

Feel free to contact us for any further questions.

 

Feeling that you can do more?

If you are still interested in sustainability LMSU gives you the opportunity to make the impact you wish to create. Why not join our environmental societies and work with link minded individuals?  You can also start your own society. Find out more on how to start your own society here.

 

Do you want to propose an idea in regards to sustainability?

Complete this form and we will get back to you.


 

Role descriptions:

  1. Water, energy and Carbon reduction
    Purpose of the role:
    Inappropriate usage of water, energy and carbon resources are related to a lot of negative environmental changes (climate change, deforestation, loss of natural habitats, etc). A WEC rep will be a key element in raising the awareness among peers about those environmental consequences. The WEC rep will provide information and encourage students to use energy and water efficiently and reduce their carbon footprint within the campus. The rep will be the best point of contact for students who want to report a concern related to WEC consumption.

    Main duties and responsibilities:
    -To be an active member by continuously educating peers in using energy and water efficiently and reducing their carbon footprint.
    -To make students aware that how their choices impact their carbon footprint
    -Advocate for improvement of water, energy and carbon consumption policies such as Carbon and --Environmental Management Plan by representing student's best interest.
    -To report on a quarterly basis to the Student Council for the progression of Sustainability's Team campaigns and initiatives related to water, energy and low carbon consumption.
    -To organise and be an active participant in student-led campaigns regarding low energy, water consumption methods.
    -Act as an effective connection between students, Sustainability Team and Students’ Union.
    -To closely work with the Student Unions and Sustainability Team
    -To be a key partner in moving towards a sustainable campus

  2. Waste reduction
    Purpose of the role:
    Advocate for improved recycling streams and provide support to Sustainability Team by ensuring the correct bin infrastructure and signage is in place across the campuses.

    Main duties and responsibilities:
    -Provide student feedback, suggestions and on-campus observations to monthly waste and recycling meetings.
    -To be updated with London Metropolitan University projects in reducing the amount of single-use plastic products and share it with peers.
    -Advocate for improvement of waste reduction policies by representing student's best interest.
    -Advocate for paperless modules and embrace technology.
    -To report on a quarterly basis to the Student Council for the progression of Sustainability's Team campaigns and initiatives in regards to waste reduction and attend Student Forums and Sustainability Network meetings.
    -To organise and be an active participant in student-led campaigns regarding methods of reducing the amount of waste.
    -Participate and help in organising Plastic-free Day, Plastic Free July and Wise up to Waste and other awareness campaigns.
    -Support Sustainability Team on awareness training for students and help to develop and run reuse/repair schemes, audits.
    -Act as an effective connection between students, Sustainability Team and Students’ Union.
    -To closely work with the Student Unions and Sustainability Team
    -To be a key partner in moving towards a sustainable campus.
     

  3. Food
    Main roles and responsibilities:
    -To be an active member by informing peers on how to differentiate between organic and non-organic foods/products, local, seasonal, fairly traded.
    -To understand and explain to the peers what an “ethical food” is and what is the Fairtrade policy followed by our University
    -To help students understand more about Fairtrade policy, it’s aim and meaning.
    -Advocate for improvement of sustainability policies by representing student's best interest.
    -To report on a quarterly basis to the Student Council for the progression of Sustainability's and catering teams campaigns and initiatives in regards to sustainable food on campus.
    -To organise and be an active participant in student-led campaigns regarding ethical food consumption.
    -Act as an effective connection between students, Sustainability Team and Student’s Union.
    -To closely work with the Student Unions and Sustainability Team and to be a member of Fairtrade Steering Group.
    -To be a key partner in moving towards a sustainable campus.
     

  4. Biodiversity
    Purpose of this role:
    London Metropolitan University is trying to enhance biodiversity across all its campuses. A Bio Rep will play a key role in promoting the importance of biodiversity and encouraging students to join University’s biodiversity projects.

    Main duties and responsibilities:
    -To be an active member by continuously informing peers about the importance of biodiversity.
    -To be continuously updated about Sustainability Team new biodiversity projects
    -To promote our peregrine falcons, bees and duck cameras
    -To promote and encourage students to use University’s green areas and rooftop gardens
    -To encourage peers in participating in University’s current and new projects related to biodiversity, including Hedgehog Friendly campus project, Gardening Club, beekeeping visits
    -Engage students with local biodiversity volunteering with The Conservation Volunteers, Islington Local Food Ambassadors, tree planting projects
    -Advocate for improvement of biodiversity action plan and enhance biodiversity during refurbishment works by representing student's best interest.
    -To report on a quarterly basis to the Student Council for the progression of Sustainability's Team campaigns and initiatives in regards to biodiversity.
    -To run and be an active participant in student-led campaigns for biodiversity projects.
    -Act as an effective connection between students, Sustainability Team and Student’s Union
    -To closely work with the Student Unions and Sustainability Team
    -To be a key partner in moving towards a sustainable campus
     

  5. Ethical procurement
    Purpose of the role:
    Our University practices sustainable procurements to protect Fairtrade policies by minimising environmental changes and wastes. The EP rep will ensure peers are well informed about University’s sustainable procurement policies, how they select products, what products they are using and how this overall approach followed by the University affects ethical trading and the community. The EP rep will also advocate for ethical investment and lobby to ensure the University does not directly or indirectly invest in fossil fuels.

    Main duties and responsibilities:
    -To be an active member by continuously informing peers about the importance of ethical procurement
    -To provide feedback to the Sustainability Team, Procurement Team and Marketing Team by addressing students' viewpoints regarding the products being used across our campuses.
    -To be continuously updated about Universities new sustainable products
    -To provide explanation and address students' questions about what ethical procurement is and how our University is providing this.
    -To encourage students to use ethical products in our campuses and across the community.
    -Advocate for improvement of ethical procurement policies by representing student's best interest.
    -To report on a quarterly basis to the Student Council for the progression of Sustainability's Team campaigns and initiatives in regards to ethical procurements.
    -To run and be an active participant in student-led campaigns about ethical procurement.
    -Act as an effective connection between students, Sustainability Team and Students’ Union
    -To closely work with the Students’ Union and Sustainability Team.
    -To be a key partner in moving towards a sustainable campus.
     

  6. Travel and expenses
    Purpose of the role:
    The means of transport we use directly impact our environment. The TE rep will be a crucial partner in promoting and encouraging peers to use sustainable means of transport, which can help in reducing carbon emissions, travelling costs and improve air quality.
    Main duties and responsibilities:
    To be an active member by encouraging peers to use environmentally friendly means of transport, such as bicycles and public transport.
    To continuously promote and inform peers about University’s parking areas and facilities for cyclists.
    Advocate for improvement of Travel and Expenses policy by representing student's best interest.
    Promote annual Travel Survey to all students
    To report on a quarterly basis to the Student Council for the progression of Sustainability's Team campaigns and initiatives in regards to sustainable travel such as Dr Bike maintenance sessions, secure bike marking.
    To run and be an active participant in student-led campaigns of sustainable travel.
    Act as an effective connection between students, Sustainability Team and Students’ Union.
    To closely work with the Student Unions and Sustainability Team.
    To be a key partner in moving towards a sustainable campus.

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