Sustainability

Aston Students’ Union is committed to sustainability, to minimising any negative environmental impact and to having a positive impact on the wider environment.
 

aston Students' Union Sustainability POlicy

Please click here to access the Students' Unions Sustainability Policy

 

Click here to read our full Sustainability Objectives, Targets and Planned Actions for 2019 – 2020

For the 2020/21 academic year, we have elected a dedicated Sustainability Officer. The Sustainability Officer replaces the previous combined role of the Equalities and Environment Officer.  We have also nominated 2 permanent members of Students’ Union staff to act as Green Champions and to ensure that sustainability and green issues have a strong voice.


Sustainability Officer responsibility:

The Sustainability Officer works to ensure that the students' union and university act in a sustainable and ethical way. The officer works with students' union colleagues and university to drive a sustainability culture at Aston. The officer leads on ethical and environmental projects and sustainability campaigns.

Sustainability contacts:

Arranjit Rangi - Sustainability Officer

Richard Broome - Staff Management Lead

Nadine Al-Kudcy - Staff Green Champion

Amanpreet Sidhu - Staff Green Champion

 

ASTON STUDENTS’ UNION SUSTAINABILITY ACHIEVEMENTS 2019/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2019/20, we have achieved a Very Good Green Impact Students’ Union award, which is an improvement from 2018/19.

Green Impact is a United Nations award-winning programme designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice in your organisation.

In a challenging political and global climate, it is unions, universities, colleges and communities leading the way on sustainability. Students’ unions have excelled, implementing and embedding good environmental practices, while expanding their engagement with sustainability to integrate social, political and economic factors.

Green Impact is a national programme supporting Students’ Unions to approach sustainability strategically. This flagship programme was developed by students for students. The vision is that through sustainability initiatives on campus, alongside the content of the taught curriculum, students will graduate from higher education equipped to deal with the global challenges we currently face.  For more informatio

To find out more check out http://greenimpact.nus.org.uk/find-out-more-students-unions/

 

United Nations Sustainable Development Logo

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030. 

 

Goal 1: No Poverty

Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

 

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

 

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

 

Goal 4: Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

 

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

 

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in.

 

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

 

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

 

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

 

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

 

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

 

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Responsible Production and Consumption

 

Goal 13: Climate Action

Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

 

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

 

Goal 15: Life on Land

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

 

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

 

Goal 17: Partnerships

Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

 

Aston Students’ Union is committed to being sustainable in everything we do, from clubs and societies to the construction of the new Students’ Union building. We are working with the university on the internal Go Green initiatives and we have signed up to work towards the national Green Impact Accreditation. We have lots of work underway so watch this space for opportunities to get involved.