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What we do

We have an Environmental Policy which sets out what we aim to do around both our environmental impact but also to improve awareness of environmental issues. We also try to ensure that we not only work towards improving our environmental impact but that we try to improve our ethical credentials too. Currently we:

  • Recycle all our waste paper and cardboard
  • Recycle our glass 
  • Recycle our used printer cartridges 
  • Ensure that any external printing we do is carbon neutral
  • Staff uniforms & t-shirts are bought from a Fairtrade supplier
  • Sell only Fairtrade tea and coffee
  • Buy free range eggs 
  • Have banned the sale of Nestle products because of ethical issues

These are only some of the things that we do however we are always looking for ways in which you can improve so if you can think of anyways in which we can improve then please contact us on ussa.memberfeedback@strath.ac.uk

Snap it off!

This is an NUS campaign run because of the concern of students about how much energy is being wasted through unnecessary lighting in their Institutions. Students are encouraged to take a picture of any lights that they see being put/left on when it is not necessary and either text it in or upload it to the website http://snapitoff.nus.org.uk.
We will be checking the website and if we see any that come from Strathclyde either Union or University we will try to do something about it!

Energy Saving

Students can help to not only save energy but also money by doing simple things around their homes. Students in Free Enterprise at Leeds have put together a really useful document which can help you identify areas where you may be wasting energy but also gives you tips on how you can then save energy – Have a look at their SHEEP Audit and see if you can go cheap with sheep!


As well as Snap it off! We also have supported and collaborated with our student groups to run a Green Week and a Fairtrade Fortnight.
Green Week aims to show people how they can improve their environmental impact through raising awareness of using other forms of transport, practical tips for using around the house and organisations which may be beneficial to students. Alongside this there are a variety of fun activities. Look out for our next Green Week in early February.
Fairtrade Fortnight is an awareness raising campaign where the Union, University and External groups work towards raising awareness of the benefits of Fairtrade products. We continually try to improve our Fairtrade products and engaging students on how important this issue is helps us to lobby the University to keep improving what they do.


We have a student society Envirosoc which anyone interested in Environmental issues can join. Envirosoc work to create new campaigns and initiative to improve the Union and University. For more info on this and and many other groups, clubs & societies check out our dedicated Clubs & Societies hub!

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