Sustainability in Your Union


The Union is committed to increasing sustainability and protecting the environment. We recognise our environmental impact and we are making changes so that we can reduce it.

To see our Environmental Policy demonstrating what we are doing and our commitment to sustainability click here.

To understand our biggest environmental impacts click here.

To download our SMART action plan click here



From the 1st- 5th of April 2019 the SU will be running a plastic campaign to get students to swap plastic items they regularly use with reusable alternatives. You can get involved on social media by posting a picture of the plastic item you’re going to call it quits with and what sustainable item you’re going to move on to using the #PassOnPlastic. We also want to see pictures of all the sustainable items you are already using with the #PassOnPlastic.

#PassOnPlastic from 1st – 5th April and be entered into a draw to win 1 of 5 plastic free hampers containing:

  • Arteesol stainless steel water bottle
  • SU reusable coffee cup
  • Neuson bamboo cutlery set, including a reusable straw
  • Ben & Anna natural deodorant
  • Lush Shampoo bar
  • Tupperware
  • Georganics plastic free toothbrush and floss
  • Bamboo toothbrush

There will also be a stall on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd in the Tait Building near the Courtyard Café, where you can come and find out more about the environmental impact of plastic and get a free metal straw or tote bag.


“Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.” – (Fairtrade Foundation, 2019)

By buying Fairtrade you are helping farmers in developing countries have a secure and sustainable livelihood in which they have the power to decide on their future. City University committed to being Fairtrade in 2010, and as such you can choose Fairtrade on campus, with various food and drink options and on clothing in the SU Shop and on our e-store. To find out more about Fairtrade click here.


25th February – 10th March 2019

  • Buy a Fairtrade item over the two weeks and get entered into a raffle to win a bag filled with Fairtrade goodies.
  • 10% off selected Fairtrade items in the Shop.


We are preventing the use of paper by:

  • Encouraging staff to think about the environment before printing.

We are reducing the amount of paper we use by:

  • Printing posters and bunting without the date on them so that they can be reused each year.
  • Laminating posters so that they avoid wear and tear.
  • Default duplex printing.

We are reusing paper by:

  • Implementing a scrap paper box.
  • Using higher recycled and non-bleached paper for printing within the Union.
  • Looking into increasing the use of 100% recycled and non-bleached paper across the different schools across City.

We are recycling paper by:

  • Using the recycling waste bins for paper.


  • Reducing the amount of single use plastic we use.
  • Encouraging staff to use reusable cutlery and cups when purchasing food.
  • Recycling all of our food waste.


  • Printers go to sleep after a period of non-use.
  • Encouraging staff to turn off their monitors and non-essential equipment at the end of each day.


  • Cycle-to-work scheme is available for Union staff to encourage staff to choose more sustainable modes of transport.


Green Impact Students Unions award is how we at the Students’ Union measure ourselves in terms of our Environmental impact. The Student led action on sustainability is working to improve the environment, promote sustainability and raise awareness of green issues within the University and the wider environment.

Keep your eyes peeled for all the exciting ways in which we will be reducing our environmental impact and how you can get involved in making sure your Students’ Union is more sustainable.


The Students’ Union completed a sustainability survey in February to gauge student attitudes, knowledge and interest on sustainability issues. We found out from those who responded that students think we could be doing more to impress you with the size of our sustainability impact. We found that:

  • 73% of you wanted more opportunities to learn more about sustainability;
  • respondents wanted to see SU led action on plastic or food waste;
  • the three biggest environmental concerns of Students’ are climate change, waste and water.

Opportunities to get involved with sustainability action will be posted here on the Union website, so keep your eyes open for all updates.


If you want to get involved in sustainability projects to help create a real change and develop key skills of communication, team work and leadership email:

If you are a community organisation, charity or company that would like to work with City SU on a sustainability project then please email: