Sustainability Committee

 

The Sustainability Committee is a new opportunity for students who are passionate about sustainability to innovate and have the power to create positive change throughout UWE and beyond. See below for a breakdown of what the aims of the committee are and to view what positions are available.

We have now elected our Sustainability Committee, meet them here! There are some positions that are unfilled (see below) which will be filled in our October by-election. If you'd like to apply for any of the vacant positions then please email thegreenteam@uwe.ac.uk.

 

Overall purpose of the committee  

Improving sustainability engagement with UWE students, using methods such as green events, volunteering, and campaigning. The committee will also develop the sustainability practice and credentials at The Students’ Union at UWE, and the wider UWE Bristol community.

 

What will the committee do?

  • Consider sustainability matters relating to our student population and The Students’ Union.
  • Submit Student Ideas where appropriate.
  • Develop sustainability engagement in the UWE student population, utilising methods such as green events, volunteering, and campaigning.
  • Hold UWE Bristol to account on sustainability practice and objectives.
  • Represent student opinion on sustainability and feed this through to The Students’ Union, in addition to key UWE sustainability staff members.
  • Advise The Students’ Union Executive team, CEO, SU staff, and Green Team on movements to enhance sustainability practice.

 

Who sits on the committee? 

Chair:

  1. Sustainability Officer

Sustainability Theme Leaders (voted in annually):

  1. Biodiversity
  2. Campus Development
  3. Education
  4. Energy
  5. Engagement
  6. IT
  7. Transport
  8. Waste
  9. Water
  10. Food & Health
  11. Procurement
  12. Portfolio spot 1
  13. Portfolio spot 2

Reporting to the committee: Green Team Coordinator, Committee Secretary 

 

What is a Theme Leader?

Theme Leaders are student champions of sustainability, who help create and deliver campaigns and events, whilst also advising The Students’ Union and UWE Bristol on sustainability matters. Each Theme Leader has a special sustainability area that they represent (E.g. Energy) in their role. However, the different themes attached to each role should not be restrictive. Theme Leaders are encouraged to consider and incorporate the wider concept of sustainability and work together with all the other Theme Leaders to create positive change.

It is important to highlight that students do not necessarily need background knowledge or experience to sit in our Theme Leader roles. Instead, we are looking for students who have a willingness to learn and create change with an underlying interest in their theme. The Theme Leader positions have been designed to allow post holders to effectively create positive, sustainability impact. Theme Leaders are paired to a relevant UWE sustainability professional, who will be a valuable point of contact for university matters. Core support for the committee will always be available from The Students’ Union.  

 

Why should I become a theme leader?

  • Create real change in your university and community
  • A great way to develop your leadership and team working skills
  • Connect with like-minded students  
  • Boost your CV with a student leadership role
  • Positively help worldwide eco-issues such as climate change and pollution
  • Create valuable environmental & professional connections within UWE and around our city.

 

What sort of things could I be doing in the position?

  • Attending Green Committee meetings
  • Working with UWE professionals to create a more sustainable university
  • Advising and influencing The Students’ Union on sustainability matters
  • Creating/delivering sustainability campaigns and events
  • Working with the Part-time Sustainability Officer to create positive change  
  • Submitting Student Ideas
  • Gathering and assessing student opinion on sustainability matters

 

What commitment is required for the role?  

  • Theme leaders will be required to attend monthly committee meetings
  • The role is designed to fit around your studies and commitments - give as much time as you feel to the role
  • Theme Leader is a voluntary role


Theme Leader roles
Biodiversity - Kate Sanderson

With UWE’s own Community Garden on campus, as well as beehives, lakes, ponds, and many species of trees, UWE has a keen interest in biodiversity and the effects it has as a university on the wildlife of all campuses. Apply for this position to promote the importance of biodiversity on our campus and beyond!

Campus Development - Hannah Mitchell

With UWE’s continued campus development notably the Students’ Union Building, the new FBL block, and constant refurbishment of areas; campus development is always at the forefront of sustainable thinking. Take this spot to represent the student voice.

Education - 
Amy Screech

Education is what students are here at university to gain, and the future of UWE’s graduates and their employability is a key issue. UWE say that 100% of their courses feature sustainability content – do you agree?

Energy - Thomas Haines

With all these buildings, lights, fixtures, and fittings – energy is a topic that stems into many different areas. Did you know that UWE has its own energy team? UWE also has the largest single array of solar PV of any university in the country. The energy of universities is a contentious issue, are you interested in the future of it too?

Engagement - Andreas Ioannides

UWE has around 30,000 students, from all walks of life, both undergraduate and post-graduate, with over 600 different courses. Are you interested in how to get them involved in green projects and ideas? Then this spot is for you.

IT - Henry Serlin

Thousands of computers across the university campuses are connected by a large infrastructure of networking gear and servers, which all consume electricity. With this in mind, sustainable practice in IT is an important focus for our committee. This role can also examine the role in which ‘Green Tech’ can play in creating sustainable solutions to the problems of UWE students and our wider community.

Transport - Peter Lucas

With UWE community members travelling locally, nationally, and internationally, it is important to define what students want to see in a more sustainable travel network. In addition, you could be highlighting the health, environmental, and financial benefits of green travel.

Waste - Ninette Harris

Do you think our university community could recycle more and send less to landfill? Do you think students should campaign to cut food waste? This post would see you considering all aspects of waste to help change behaviours and systems around our community's waste.

Water - Karen Simpson

Water is a crucial resource in our society, and the impact of our university community on this limited supply must be considered when examining sustainability practices. If you are keen on changing behaviours and systems around water use, this is for you.

Food & Health - Daisy Pearce

This role involves helping develop healthier lives for our university and promoting well-being for all at all ages. You could also focus on the production and consumption of food as a crucial part of our sustainable community.

Procurement - Layla Redway

UWE and The Students’ Union have intricate frameworks set up to meet needs for goods services and utilities. This position would focus on developing more positive sustainable procurement outcomes for the society and environment.

Portfolio position 1 - Chelsea McNulty

This committee spot has a fluid and open remit to focus on whichever aspects of sustainability the post holder sees fit.

Portfolio position 2 - Curzio Potenza

This committee spot has a fluid and open remit to focus on whichever aspects of sustainability the post holder sees fit.

 

Remember - If you'd like to apply for any of vacant the positions that will be filled in the by-election in October, then please email thegreenteam@uwe.ac.uk.

Click on the links if you would like to see the original and full committee Terms of Reference or Committee Role Information documents. 

 

Minutes for the Sustainability Committee meetings can be found here.