September brings a new term, new modules, new opportunities to get involved in clubs and societies and a re-energised campus, ready for the academic year ahead. September also brings two new team members to the Sustainability Service, our interns for the next year, Rory (Left) and Jonny (Right). Here is a little bit more information about their first month at the Sustainability Service and about the projects they are working on this year:
I’m Rory and I have just this month started my new role for the coming year as Sustainability Intern.
Having just finished my second year as a Geography (BA) student I am now looking forward to a year working on something I am passionate about with the Sustainability team to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the role and decrease the negative impacts the University has on the environment through a range of campaigns.
I hope to make a real impact by helping pioneer new campaigns that the University is starting out on, as well as bringing energy to existing work such as the Green Impact campaign which I will be running for its final year. The work I’ve been involved with so far has ranged from helping out at the Bike Hub to chatting to potential volunteers at freshers fairs. I’m really looking forward to the diversity and potential impact of my role in the Sustainability team this year.
If you want to contact me directly about any of this work, email: R.Hayes@leeds.ac.uk.
It has been a busy month for me at the Sustainability Service; I have truly hit the ground running. I have manned fresher’s fair stalls, fixed and rented out bikes in the Bike Hub and delivered induction talks to lecture halls filled with students only recently acquainted with the campus.
After 2 years studying on a Geography BSc degree, I am excited to swap essays for blog posts and newsletters, as I help the Sustainability Service with their ongoing aim of embedding sustainability throughout the University. I hope to be involved in a range of projects that try to increase the engagement of the staff and student body, so that the University can continue to cultivate innovative research and findings from the Living Lab testbed we all study and work in.
All the while, my approach to attracting students to what sustainability is all about is not to highlight what you are doing unsustainably, but to emphasise how easy and rewarding it can be to become an actively sustainable student and make a difference, whether it’s at home, on campus or by helping us here at the Sustainability Service.
If you would like to contact me directly about any events or opportunities to help us engage people with sustainability, email: J.G.Gleadell@leeds.ac.uk.