One of the points within my manifesto is to continue the projects that the current VP Welfare has put in place. By this I predominantly mean the sustainability campaigns, which she has done a lot for. So things like getting rid of the plastic straws, and having bins with both food waste and recycling to be put round campus. I think the continuity of these campaigns is a good basis for sustainability within the role, and in hindsight I think I could have been clearer in my manifesto about the sustainability focus of the current VP Welfare that I want to continue.
Outside of this, I want to make sure every eating establishment on all campuses have veggie and vegan options (including hot food for the winter). Other than the fact veganism is rising in popularity, it is incredibly beneficial for the environment and so providing more of these options means people who don't eat meat aren't resigning themselves to eating chips if they wanted to grab some hot food on campus.
I also want to promote pre-existing sustainability campaigns, as there are already some in place that need more of a platform to continue making a difference. For example Student Black Out, who a few years ago when I started was quite well known, but has since become less talked about. Less visibility means less involvement and for projects like this the more people involved the bigger the change that is made.
I think generally a lot of problems to do with sustainability stem from them not being convenient. We are all very busy people and so we want to make things easier for ourselves when we can. Because of this, making recycling and reducing waste generally more convenient will make it so much more common. Even something as simple as making sure each bin option (food waste, paper, plastic and general waste) are all in the same area so you don't have to search for the right bin, will make a change.
This question was also only asked to MiriamAnswered by Miriam on 28/02/18 18:24