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Welcome to Green Lancaster
A partnership between Lancaster University and the Students’ Union devoted to engaging students, staff, and the local community in practical responses to the climate and ecological emergencies.
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Changing the landscape of sustainability
It all began in 2005, when the University and Students' Union formed a partnership that would focus its efforts on promoting activities aimed at raising awareness and engaging with Lancaster students on issues of sustainability. A lot has changed since then, especially the landscape in and around campus. We've expanded as a University, taking on an increasing number of students and a larger estate. As our reach has expanded, so to have our responsibilities for the environment locally and globally.
Fast forward to today, and it's safe to say we've come a long way. We've evolved to become a major platform and voice for people within the Lancaster community to engage with, promote and interact with at a local level. As we continue to drive change on multiple levels across the University and beyond, we are embedding our values and building relationships to ensure that the University does what it can to create a thriving natural environment, reduce carbon emissions and create the sustainability leaders of the future.
Don't Ditch It
Don’t Ditch It is back! Each year, between June and September, donation points are set up all around campus for students to give away their no-longer-needed household items when moving out of campus accommodation. The project offers a live example of a circular economy, ensuring that items such as clothes, homeware, kitchenware, books and more are reused within the local community instead of ending up in landfills. By donating your household goods you can promote the concept of the Circular Economy and extend the lifecycle of your items for as long as possible. Drop off your unwanted household goods at one of our convenient collection points across campus and help us work with more than 40 charities during summer vacation, as we divert around 45 tonnes from landfill each year.DDI
Green Lancaster’s Leadership and Sustainability Trip to Switzerland
At the beginning of July, Green Lancaster ran the first ever Sustainability and Leadership trip to Switzerland in collaboration with Global Experiences. 12 students benefited from this unique opportunity and got to develop their skills, knowledge and experience for navigating (and leading) on the challenges proposed by the climate and ecological emergency agenda.
Explore North Lancashire and Cumbria by bus with £2 single fares until 31 October.
The Government’s £2 single bus fare promotion has been extended until 31 October 2023. The programme, which was introduced in early 2023, had originally been planned to expire at the end of June but will now run throughout the summer and in to early Autumn.
Green Lancaster's annual Sustainability Leadership Residential: Isle of Eigg
Green Lancaster’s Sustainability Leadership Residential on the Island of Eigg, where the great challenge of the Climate and Ecological Emergency is explored through the prism of the islands' unique natural and cultural heritage.
Projects, campaigns and events
Our projects, campaigns and events are built around the Green Lancaster 10 year plan with activities planned annually and outlined in the Green Lancaster Annual Action Plan. These plans are a key component in ensuring that the objectives set out in both the University's various Sustainability Plans and the Students' Unions Sustainability Strategy are aligned. Our objectives are categorised into the core areas shown below. The corresponding programme of activities and events run all year round and drive physical change, spread awareness and produce real results.
Promoting healthy and active travel locally and facilitating a modal shift to low-carbon travel nationally and internationally.
The ECO-family of projects; ECOHub, ECOWoods and ECOWild; innovative and sustainable solutions to rejuvenating ecosystem-services and agricultural production.
Analysing patterns of energy consumption and prioritising efficiency gains towards zero-carbon living and workspaces.
Prioritising the shared and circular economies as the modal solutions to the elimination of material waste.
Since the inception of Green Lancaster in 2005, we've built strong relationships with charity partners locally, regionally and nationally, as well as with members of the local community, student societies and of course our students and staff. Our community is full of determined, forward thinking people who all share a common desire; to make a difference. Our community is always growing and our events are becoming more and more popular as it does but we will always welcome more people to join so take a look below at how you and your friends can get involved.
The Students' Union website is the home for student societies with a sustainability focus. Maybe you have an interest in growing your own produce at the ECO Hub, or perhaps you want to campaign for action on climate change; we can put you in touch with like-minded people via the Students' Union so that you can drive change during your time at Lancaster!Environmental societies