Reusable straws are just one of the many ways you can help make a big difference at UoG, and contribute to our title as the UK’s No 1 Sustainable University (People & Planet 2019).
This is a student-led initiative to help you live in ways that benefit your wellbeing, finances, local community and the planet. Our students have put together a list of the top 10 small things you can do, to make a big difference while you’re here:
1. Cook with your flatmates
Save on the food, and energy. Look out for each other
2. Re-use and upcycle
Re-think your room decorations - Pinterest for inspiration!
3. Invest in a bike
Cheaper, quicker, and healthier than the bus.
4. Be a part-time carnivore
Try a meat-free day a few times a week
5. Check the charity shops
Bag the fashionable finds, reduce waste, support a good cause.
6. If it’s broken, get it fixed
Visit the Cheltenham repair café.
7. Grab yourself a clothes horse
Cheaper than the tumble dryer and better for your clothes too.
8. Batch cook and freeze
Reduce waste and save with the bulk buys.
9. Think. Do you really need it?
Reduce waste, buy things that last longer, share with friends.
10. Love your leftovers
Wasted food is wasted money. Visit Love Food Hate Waste to save.
As well as tips, Live Smart also offers events and practical challenges you can get involved with. For more info visit
Green Team Society
community of inspiring students at the forefront of change. They’ve delivered speeches to local government, produced on-campus campaigns and initiatives, and led a climate strike. They also produce lots of inspirational videos about how you can help the planet in small everyday ways.
embedding sustainability across all our degrees, from zero-carbon festivals and recycled plastic art, to our graduates on the front line – defending rhinos and coral reefs for future generations.
Research with impact
Our students, staff and alumni are at the forefront of change, conducting ground-breaking research and designing sustainable spaces for the future.
That’s why we’re winners of the Research with Impact Award (Green Gown Awards 2019).
Make your university experience world-changing
You’re joining a community with sustainability at its heart. This is not just about greening the campus, but developing new ways of thinking, learning and working to shape a better future for people and the planet.
Zero fossil fuel investments
Zero waste to landfill
46% drop in our carbon emissions
Find out more about how we care about the things you care about.
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