5 Greens a Day


5 greens a day

'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:


1Only switch on when requiredBuy Fairtrade and local/seasonal produceDrink tap water not bottled WaterDrive less and leave the car at homeRepair itemsBuy fairly traded productsInsulate your homeBuy free range or organic whenever possibleVisit the Staffordshire University Nature Reserve
2When finished, switch it offPurchase recycled content itemsReport/fix dripping tapsCan you video or tele-conference?Avoid buying overly packaged itemsConsider whole life costingReduce your footprint by investing in renewable technologiesBuy seasonal fruit and vegetablesAttract butterflies and bees to your garden by planting nectar bearing flowers
3Consider energy labels when buying newPrint lessBoil only what you needUse the intersite bus or car shareReuse and recycle itemsBuy environmentally specified logo products e.g. Energy Saving TrustBuying or renting a property? Ask to see the energy performance certificateSupport local produceFeed the birds all year round
4Maximise daylight and natural ventilationOnly buy what you needTake showers, not bathsGet business travel back on the tracksCompost food and garden wasteReplace and reduce disposal itemsDecorate with water based paintsCook more meals at homeCompost your old vegetable peelings to make a rich fertiliser for your soil
5Monitor and manage your usageHave a meat-free dayCollect rainwater for grounds and gardensWalk more, it's quick, free and healthyValue your environment and don't drop litterDon't impulse buyBuy Forestry Stewardship Council wood productsGrow your own or get involved at the University community organic allotmentsPlant 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 sustain@staffs.ac.uk to request copies.  The sticker sheets have the following messages:

Please turn it off / Switch it off, save energy / Last one out, switch off


Sustainable Campaign?

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.


Have you done your 5 Greens today?

Your Details

Please tell us five ways that you have helped sustain Staffs by filling in the feedback form below:

Your Greens:
Submit your greens

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