I believe that this university can lead the way in sustainable policy and pioneering renewables research.
Of the 154 recognised universities in the country, People & Planet ranked the University of Southampton 93rd in its green league table for 2018. This is no surprise given the university's weak track record when implementing an effective sustainability policy, as well as its continued investments and ties to fossil fuel companies such as Shell UK. I will make it my mission to lobby the university into bringing about effective sustainability commitments in the key categories:
Carbon management and reduction
Modernising operations to reduce all 3 scopes of carbon emissions by pushing for paperless incentives and the replacement of wasteful and outdated devices or equipment.
Waste & Recycling initiatives
Recycling bins, posters and stickers, as well as a push for a 'Big Clear Out' scheme, where students donate items they don't want to keep at the end of the academic year.
I will lobby the university to totally divest in any fossil fuel companies and invest both a portion of its endowment fund, as well as its research funding into renewable energy.
Active encouragement for a local produce initiative adopted by both students and the university facilities.
Staff & student engagement and awareness
Eco-competitions in residences and on campus for waste reduction and reduced energy consumption, with worthwhile rewards and prizes!
A vote for me is a vote for someone that will lobby for hands-on change and joined-up policy.