Plymouth University is sometimes referred to as ‘the sustainable university’, and it’s not hard to see why. It seems committed to creating a sustained campus, with education and research on the topics of today. It’s even won the ‘People & Planet Green League’ twice! This ‘green’ culture often trickles down into the students’ values, so here are some ways in which I’ve been made more aware of environmental issues over the last few years of my course here.
Let’s get down to Business
I’m approaching the end of my Business course, and something I’ve enjoyed about it is its focus on the issue of sustainability. This is a pertinent issue within business right now, as well as in just about any industry you can think of. The effects of global warming makes it more important than ever for businesses to act sustainably, and that’s why Plymouth is training its business students to approach business with this mindset. This is the business approach of the future and ensures we have the modern skills, knowledge and outlook desired by employers. Rather than focusing solely on profits, we’ve learned to value the ‘triple bottom line’. This ensures the sustainability of people, planet, and profit, while acknowledging that each of these are vital for enabling the others.
In addition to our entirely vegetarian reservoir cafe on campus, every campus cafe is committing to the ditch the disposables campaign. This means that you can get a small discount on your drinks from the University cafes when you bring your own reusable cup! This helps cut down on unnecessary waste, while also saving you money! Furthermore, the cafes always use fresh ingredients from local suppliers, which means a smaller carbon footprint. The ingredients are sourced sustainably, and these facts paired with student discounts on the pricing makes a quick lunch on campus a very tempting proposition indeed. I personally vouch for the deliciousness of the Portland square pizzas.
World enough, and time
For our sustainability efforts to mean much, we should consider what we can do in our everyday lives to reduce our negative impacts on Earth. A campaign to raise awareness of environmental issues is called Earth Hour. Every year (this year on 24th March), hundreds of millions of people around the world switch off their lights for one hour to show support for the fight against climate change. This campaign has many ideas about what we as students can do to live more sustainably, such as cutting down on our use of plastics. This needs to be more than a one-off thing though, with commitment we can make meaningful changes to our lifestyles that will make a real difference in the long run.
Read more about this as well as more suggestions on the WWF website linked here: https://www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour
I hope you’ve found this interesting, and feel free to leave any sustainability tips you may have in the comments section below. Have fun going green and see you in the next post!
Talk soon people,