A year to embrace sustainability
Our Student Sustainability Architects have been working hard on a wide range of projects in the past months – from biodiversity monitoring, food waste reduction, to student engagement and sustainability campus tours. Hear from one of the Architects in LUBS- Abhinav on his experience working on sustainability projects and the progress he has made.
This has been an exciting year at LUBS (Leeds University Business School) from the perspective of sustainability. From a Slow Travel Plan, to food waste reduction and a Student Sustainability Conference in June, Leeds University Business School has been successfully embedding sustainability in their activities and supporting the University’s sustainability commitments.
As one of the Student Sustainability Architects, LUBS has given me a platform to create dialogue between students and voice my opinions around climate change.
How did it all start?
Having been inspired after attending the LUBS Carbon Literacy Training, I sought out opportunities to work in the field at the university.
For some time, I had been a part of plantation drives in my home country and had kept myself up to date with developments in the field and strived to make attitudinal changes in my own life that have far-reaching effects on the planet.
Through one of the virtual career fairs at the University of Leeds, I was introduced to the Sustainability Service at UoL, which was a great starting point for getting involved.
The LUBS Sustainability Service has been instrumental in driving change and policy, through the initiatives and projects like the Slow Travel Plan which aims to account for staff and student travel to assess the associated emissions and thereby aid better decision-making.
We also continue to find ways to manage food waste and make food consumption more sustainable, having successfully conducted a Student Sustainability Conference in June 2022 on the subject.
The idea of a new student-focused newsletter for LUBS, aptly named ‘the Sustainer’ was born through the need to create more dialogue with students whilst helping them bridge the gap between Carbon Literacy and collective-action.
In its inception and development, we have had the guiding and helping hands of the folks at the Sustainability Service, the Alumni Service, Residential & Catering Services as well as the Strategic Marketing faculty.
To sign up to the new LUBS Sustainer, or to contribute to the next edition, get in touch.
In this first edition of the Sustainer, we wanted to create something to get students thinking about the upcoming academic year from a sustainability perspective.
The Sustainability Almanac lists out the key events and awareness days in 2022/23 which can be great opportunities to get involved, and we wanted to also share it with the wider University community.
Why not bookmark this post and come back to it through the year?
19-Sep – 27-Sep Freshers Week
19-Sep – 25-Sept International Orientation Week
01-Oct World Vegetarian Day
04-Oct World Animal Day
10-Oct World Mental Health Day
21-Oct World Apple Day
World Vegan Month
01-Nov World Vegan Day
7-Nov – 18-Nov COP27
26-Nov Black Friday
19-Nov – 27-Nov European Week for waste reduction
27-Nov – 5-Dec National Tree Week
01-Dec Antarctica Day
05-Dec International Volunteer Day
10-Dec International Humans Rights Day
14-Dec Christmas Jumper Day
19-Dec International Migrants Day
20-Dec International Human Solidarity Day
1-14 Jan New Year – sustainable resolutions
16-Jan Blue Monday
23-Jan Lunar New Year
24-30 Jan Fresh Start Week
27-29 Jan RSPB Garden Birdwatch
LGBT+ History Month
7-13 Feb Volunteering Week
17-Feb Random Acts of Kindness
23-Feb – 5-Mar Fairtrade Fortnight
28-Feb – 6-Mar Grounds Week
The Great British Spring Clean
03-Mar World Book Day
03-Mar World Wildlife Day
28-Feb – 6-Mar Grounds Week
7-13 Mar Food Waste Action Week
14-Mar International Day of Action for Rivers
14-18 Mar Circular Economy Week
18-Mar Global Recycling Day
21-Mar International Day of Forests
21-15 Mar Climate Week
22-Mar World Water Day
29-Mar The Big Climate Fightback
07-Apr World Health Day
07-Apr Walk to Work Day
22-Apr Earth Day
Local and Community History Month
6 May-15 May National Public Gardens Week
9 May-13 May Mental Health Awareness Week
16 May-22 May National Vegetarian Week
20-May World Bee Day
23 May-27 May Water Saving Week
22-May International Day for biological diversity
Let It Bloom June
1-Jun – 7-Jun Volunteer Week
03-Jun World Bicycle Day
05-Jun World Environment Day
6-Jun – 12-Jun Bike Week
08-Jun Student Sustainability Research Conference
08-Jun World Ocean’s Day
09-Jun LUBS Plastic Free Competition
15-Jun LUBS Sustainability Conference 2022
15-Jun Nature Photography Day
17-Jun Clean Air Day
17-Jun World Day to combat desertification and drought
20 Jun-26 Jun Refugee Week
22-Jun World Rainforests Day
24-Jun World Refill Day
27 Jun-1 Jul World Wellbeing Week
Plastic Free July
03-Jul International Plastic Bag free day
03-Jul International Co-operatives Day
12-Jul National Simplicity Day
13-Jul Cow Appreciation Day
15-Jul National Give Something Away day
17-Jul World Day for International Justice
18-Jul Black leaders awareness day
23 Jul – 31 Jul Love Parks Week
25 Jul-31 Jul National Marine Week
04-Aug International Owl Awareness Day
05-Aug Cycle to Work Day
9 Aug-15 Aug World Allotments Week
19-Aug World Humanitarian Day
Abhinav Jindal (Jin) | MSc Business Analytics & Decision Sciences
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