'5 Greens a Day' builds on the successes of the last campaign, 'Help us STOP Wasting Energy', by widening the scope from just carbon associated with direct energy use to include water, resources, travel and waste, to encourage a wider student appeal (although focussed at both staff and students) and is more positive in its engagement.
It is hoped that the campaign posters, window vinyl's and postcards, will capture the imagination of staff and students by encouraging them to do their '5 Greens a Day'. Window vinyl checklists remind staff and students what they can do to become more environmentally aware and help Sustain Staffs. Of course, it isn't a definitive checklist and staff and students are encouraged to share with others their personal 5 Greens. This can be done by either picking up one of the 5 Greens postcards around campus, completing and posting back or by completing the feedback form below.
To get you started, listed below are some of your potential 5 Greens:
|1||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|
|2||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|
|3||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|
|4||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|
|5||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|
Listed below are some of the 5 Greens resources for staff and students to download:
Energy (PDF, file size: 739.7KB)
Resources (PDF, file size: 2.43MB)
Travel (PDF, file size: 763.12KB)
Waste (PDF, file size: 764.57KB)
Water (PDF, file size: 998.99KB)
Procurement (PDF, file size: 750.64KB)
Construction (PDF, file size: 1MB)
Food (PDF, file size: 774.61KB)
Biodiversity (PDF, file size: 782.62KB)
5 Greens energy efficiency stickers are available for raising awareness of our collective responsibility to be more energy efficient. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request copies. The sticker sheets have the following messages:
Please turn it off / Switch it off, save energy / Last one out, switch off
The main outputs of this campaign have been printed on revive 75 silk - a recycled paper produced from 75% recycled waste at a mill awarded with IS014001 environmental management certification.