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Top 10 tips for living green

Living a more sustainable student lifestyle is a great way to save you money, benefit your local community and help protect the environment. We’ve put together a list of tips to help you live green.


1. Save energy.

There are so many small actions you can take around your house or

flat which

add up to a big difference.

Turn the heating down a bit, and put on a jumper. Only fill the kettle as much as

you need. Put a lid on a pan while you’re cooking pasta. Turn the plugs off when

you leave the house. That sort of thing.


Student Switch Off

helps you do this in halls, and rewards you with prizes too. If

you’re renting a place, why not talk to your landlord about insulation techniques, or

switching to a green energy provider like Ecotricity? Aside from saving carbon,

using less energy saves you money too.


2.

Help others to save energy

It’s all well and good knowing that you’ve turned your own lights off, but what about

when you see needless lighting around campus?


Snap it Off

lets you take action on senseless energy wasting. Just take a photo of

the eco-crime, upload it to our website, and we’ll take care of it from there. You

might even win a monthly prize. (This is kind of a theme with us…)

3. Support local food




Student Eats

puts student-led allotments at the heart of campuses across the UK.

There might not be one at your institution right now, but talk to your students’ union

about setting one up!

Growing your own is a really effective way to contribute to a much lower-carbon

food system. It’s also really fun. You get to know new people, and learn new skills.

Some groups have even used their produce to set up their own businesses,

selling jams and honey to local shops.

Others just share out the food. We like the sound of that too.


4. Take fewer planes

There’s no getting away from it: flying halfway around the world several times a year isn’t part of a green lifestyle.

But that doesn’t mean you have to stop going on holiday.


You can take the train

for a start. It’s a lot more fun, and you get a real sense of travel.

Why not take the Eurostar over to France and travel onto Italy? Would you rather

be watching Love Actually on the back of someone else’s seat, or watching the

scenery as you weave through the Alps at sunrise?

Or you can stay in the UK. Why not go walking across the coast of west Wales, or

cosy down in a cottage in Cornwall? Go on a camping tour, visiting all those cities

you’ve never bothered to visit.

5. Use kinder transport


Obviously, you don’t go everywhere by plane. So have a think about what you

could do to lessen the impact of your everyday transport.

Can you take the bus instead of a car? Can you walk instead of take the bus? Or

you could get yourself a bike. It’s such a cheap (and fast) way to get around, and

you’ll be tons healthier. You could even talk to your union about setting up a bike

rental co-op.

And if you absolutely have to drive – make sure you offer out a car share. Don’t

get grumpy in traffic alone. And you can blame them when you get lost.

6. Get involved in the community

Sometimes, the student life can feel a bit like you’re in a bubble. But getting

involved in green work can take you out into the community a lot more.

Allotments

are a great place to grow new foods and meet people from different cultural

backgrounds, as well as local residents. And why not consider volunteering in


Green Impact

? You could become a trained environmental auditor, or help deliver

behaviour change at a huge range of places – hospitals, schools, dentists, fire

stations – wherever!


7. Grow some oyster mushrooms!

Thinking of creative, new ways of reducing, reusing and recycling can lead to a lot

of fun. It’s not all obvious stuff like switching the lights off.

Did you know you can grow your own mushrooms on old teabags for example?


You can

. Seriously. Give it a go.

8. Boost your career

More and more employers are looking to recruit graduates who are sustainability-literate. Green jobs are about much more than just designing wind turbines. It’s

becoming increasingly integrated across all sectors – driving efficiency and

viable business models across the entire economy.

Getting involved in green projects gives you a huge range of skills which can

make you really stand out in the jobs market.

9. Improve your education

Sustainability is also really important as part of a rounded education. We’re doing

more and more to green your curriculums, and offer you opportunities to do stuff

like write dissertations which contribute to social good. How can you incorporate

sustainability into your learning? Be creative – there’s an infinite number of ways.

And it can impact your education in ways you don’t expect too. Would you study

better in a house free from damp and cold?

10. Get active

Making changes to your own lifestyle is important. But it’s also great to contribute

to wider political change, and make your collective voice heard on green issues.

There are a huge number of local and national green campaigns you could get

involved in.

This week,


the Fossil Free campaign

is encouraging universities to break up with

fossil fuels on Valentine’s Day. People and Planet are helping students

encourage their institutions to remove investments from fossil fuels companies.

See if there’s already a group at your institution, or start one yourself. Make your

voice heard.

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