Staff and students can all help play a part in improving our sustainability performance. The changes we can all make to our daily routines are individually very small but collectively can make a difference to the impact we have on the environment.
To get you started, the table below gives some examples of the simple things you can do to help. We would be interested to hear about any changes you have made. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Only switch on when required||Buy Fairtrade and local/seasonal produce||Drink tap water not bottled Water||Drive less and leave the car at home||Repair items||Buy fairly traded products||Insulate your home||Buy free range or organic whenever possible||Visit the Staffordshire University Nature Reserve|
|When finished, switch it off||Purchase recycled content items||Report/fix dripping taps||Can you video or tele-conference?||Avoid buying overly packaged items||Consider whole life costing||Reduce your footprint by investing in renewable technologies||Buy seasonal fruit and vegetables||Attract butterflies and bees to your garden by planting nectar bearing flowers|
|Consider energy labels when buying new||Print less||Boil only what you need||Use the intersite bus or car share||Reuse and recycle items||Buy environmentally specified logo products e.g. Energy Saving Trust||Buying or renting a property? Ask to see the energy performance certificate||Support local produce||Feed the birds all year round|
|Maximise daylight and natural ventilation||Only buy what you need||Take showers, not baths||Get business travel back on the tracks||Compost food and garden waste||Replace and reduce disposal items||Decorate with water based paints||Cook more meals at home||Compost your old vegetable peelings to make a rich fertiliser for your soil|
|Monitor and manage your usage||Have a meat-free day||Collect rainwater for grounds and gardens||Walk more, it's quick, free and healthy||Value your environment and don't drop litter||Don't impulse buy||Buy Forestry Stewardship Council wood products||Grow your own or get involved at the University community organic allotments||Plant native trees|