Make your Change at Avery Hill

MAKE YOUR CHANGE: an Avery Hill Halls Initiative

Here at the University of Greenwich our staff and students are extremely passionate about green issues. We are one of the greenest universities in the country, but with the Climate Emergency having been declared there is still much more that can be done. This is where you come in.

We have decided to pilot a campaign at the Avery Hill Halls of Residence which will encourage residents to take small, personal actions. With residents making individual changes to their lives and encouraging their peers to do the same the idea of the campaign is to create an environment that facilitates and cultivates change culture.

We are looking to encourage this behaviour change by focusing on five areas. These are as follows:

Saving energy – This falls in quite closely with student switch off as it encourages residents to consider their energy usage. As well as switching off lights and not leaving devices on standby it will also aim to make residents aware of their carbon footprint.

Saving water – While living in halls it would seem there wouldn’t be much to do in the way of saving water but there is still plenty for residents to do. For example: having shorter showers, filling the sink instead of running the tap while washing up large loads, only running the tap when needed while brushing teeth, etc.

Recycling – This aspect of the campaign will focus heavily on not only encouraging more recycling but also teaching proper recycling. It is not enough to simply place the correct object in the correct bin as food contamination causes much of our recycling to be sent for incineration.

Volunteering and getting into nature – To promote mental health awareness, and help get residents active, the pilot will be presenting various chances to become active through the advertisement of volunteering opportunities on and off campus. Furthermore, there will be a push to encourage residents to get out into nature on a more recreational basis as this has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

Eating healthily – Finally, the pilot aims to promote healthy eating to the residents. Meat takes far more water to produce and leaves a much larger carbon footprint. We would plan to introduce residents to vegetarian and vegan (plant based) alternatives to classic meat-based meals.

The basis of this campaign is simple. By encouraging people to “make your change” we are highlighting that by completing small actions, while it may not seem like each individual is making a big difference, can add up to a large changes if everyone follows suit. For example, if every student reduced their showers down to just 4 minutes we would save approximately 259’000 litres of water a week*.

*Assuming an average of 4 showers a week per student at 10 minutes with 9 litres of water used per minute per student.

University of Greenwich Sustainability Blog