Environment and sustainability - make a difference

Become a Green Ambassador

If you are interested in helping to reduce our environmental impact then we need you. We need enthusiastic volunteers to help raise awareness across student accommodation. Champions will help to drive the behavioural change in the students and promote environmental and sustainability improvements and best practice across Accommodation Services.

The Green Champion will be a role model who is actively conscious of the student accommodation environment. You will undertake low carbon initiatives across the residences such as recycling, switching off lights, printers and monitors throughout the day. Don’t worry - you will be provided with training and support through meetings, workshops, forums and presentations and occasional site visits or emails.

We're committed to doing our bit for the environment and try to make it as easy as possible for our residents to do their bit too. Here are details of just some of the green things going on in University accommodation at the moment.

If you would like to get involved and make a difference please contact Andrew Woffindin on 0114 2226040 or at a.woffindin@sheffield.ac.uk.

Donate, don't waste

Twice a year, at the end of the first semester and at the end of the academic year, we run a clothing and household goods recycling scheme, which enables students who are moving out or just having a spring clean to donate their unwanted items to charity.

The recycling scheme has been running for four years and has gone from strength to strength, enabling our three local charities to benefit greatly from generous donations. Last year we not only met last year’s collection total of 3.5 tonnes but absolutely smashed it!

Our total has the most successful to date, with 33 tonnes of quality items collected for The Conservation Volunteers. Other local charities used donations to make up bedding and pan sets that went directly to vulnerable people and those coming out of homelessness, saving them an amazing £18,000.

For more information about our recycling scheme, please email Andrew at greenteam@sheffield.ac.uk

Student switch off

The Student Switch Off is a national energy saving competition which encourages residents to be more environmentally aware in the belief that small changes can make a big difference.

Hundreds of residents have signed up to be Eco-Power Rangers and pledged to turn lights and appliances off when not in use, put lids on pans, not overfill the kettle and lots more. Fantastic prizes are up for grabs for the property which saves the most energy over the year, including eco-gadgets, Ben & Jerry´s ice-cream, club night tickets and Lush products.

Last year, an impressive 35 tonnes of carbon dioxide was prevented from entering the atmosphere by our residents. That's equivalent in energy to:

  • Power an energy saving light bulb for 500 years
  • Make 2 million cups of tea
  • Fly from London to Manchester 786 times

Find out more about Student Switch Off and see the latest energy saving data for each property

Check out photos of Sheffield students switching off on Facebook

Two wheeled travel

As cycling is one of the greenest ways to travel and Sheffield is one of England's greenest cities, we thought we'd give our residents the opportunity to purchase bargain reconditioned bikes to enable them to hit the road on two wheels. The cycle sales have proved extremely popular, with the bikes all selling out within minutes.

Dr. Bike has also paid a couple of visits to the residences to offer safety advice, cycling refresher lessons and to carry out minor repairs.

There are plenty of cycle storage facilities across the residences and on campus.

 Get in touch with Customer Services to find out about cycle storage in the residences.

Reduce, re-use, recycle

In every kitchen there are facilities to recycle paper, card, plastic, tins, and glass. Help us, help the world and recycle your rubbish!

Remember, if you have a ReFood food waste caddy in your kitchen, use this instead of putting food in the general waste bin!

Find out more about the ReFood food recycling project here.

In University accommodation, general waste is collected on Tuesdays and recycling bins are emptied on Fridays.

Check out this reminder of which bin to use for each type of waste.

Fighting for Fair TradeFairtrade Logo

We are proud supporters of Fair Trade and its aim to alleviate third world poverty by giving crop producers a fair price for their products.

All of our catering outlets in the residences and on campus serve Fair Trade tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well as a range of other Fair Trade snacks and cold drinks. Our coffee is triple certified - it's 100% Fair Trade, organic & certified by the Rainforest Alliance.

We also sell Life Water in our cafes, which is 100% carbon neutral, recyclable and organically sourced. Every bottle of Life Water purchased funds the delivery of over 1,000 litres of clean drinking water to a community in need.

Find out more about all our cafés, bars, the University Arms pub and The Village Store on the hustle & bUStle website at: withus.com/hustleandbustle

Go Green! Keeping it clean

The Residence Life Go Green, Keeping it Clean! team was set up by a group of very keen students who cared greatly for the local surroundings. On their travels to and from University they noticed that their fellow students were creating a lot of litter and rubbish and wanted to do their bit to help tackle the mess. So, they are continuing their amazing hard work every year and are always looking for new recruits to join the Go Green team. It is completely voluntary so it's up to you how many hours you do.

If you are ready to get stuck in email on residencelife@sheffield.ac.uk .