Ellen McKee, Sustainability Intern at the Sustainable Development Unit.
During my time working with the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) at the University of Greenwich, I have been surprised at the sheer scope of what sustainability entails. One hour I could be writing a report on water use and the next be rifling through a trolley for anything left over from the Student Reuse Project!
What I’ve come to realize whilst on this placement is that it can be easy to stick our heads in the sand when sustainability is bought up. It is a term that can engulf all areas of life and therefore can seem quite daunting. However because of this very nature of sustainability, it is so EASY to get involved with!
One of my roles with the SDU was to come up with ways to engage students with some of the projects that are going on at the University such as the Student Switch Off campaign.
The issues addressed by these projects affect us all therefore it is vital that everyone gets involved from students and lecturers to the wider community.
My advice for students with any interest in sustainability is to go and get stuck in! There are so many exciting opportunities to get involved with at the University of Greenwich. An easy way to start is to join the Sustainability Society who are organising some really cool events and trips for the upcoming academic year. Joining this society would be a great way to meet like-minded people, learn more about the world we live and also gain a wide range of employability skills that will make you stand out in the job market.
As for me, I will be finishing my degree over the next year and looking out for a job! I know now after my internship with the SDU that whatever job I go into I can incorporate sustainability into my role and bring something new and exciting to the table. Watch this space!