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Environmental Impact


At Hertfordshire Students' Union we recognise that we have a significant impact on our environment.  Over the last few years we have taken steps to reduce our impact by focusing on key areas we have identified as being environmental impacts:

- Working to reduce and ultimately eliminate our single use plastic usage

- Using recycled or sustainably sourced products where possible

Energy consumption

- Waste management via the Universities recycling facility

- Reducing the amount of printed materials we publish



We have entered into GREEN IMPACT again for 2020 and are working through the criteria to highlight areas we can improve

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students, bringing staff and students together with their wider communities to enable and showcase positive changes in environmental practice.

Your Students' Union is always focusing on being more environmentally friendly. Have you seen things around campus that aren't environmentally friendly? We want to know!

Here are some top tips for saving energy! 

Here you can find your closest household recycling centre.


Our Work this year

  • Introduction of the NUS Green Impact Award
    • - Using this framework to highlight and model our work to ensure we work in a positive and sustainable manner
  • Reducing our plastic usage
    • - Moving from plastic bags to tote bags for Freshers’ week
    • - Switching to paper and biodegradable straws in our venues
    • - Using crockery where possible to reduce the use of disposable items
  • Improving our recycling
    • - Ensuring all SU areas have recycling points within them, SU kitchens to also have food waste bins to ensure it is sent to compost
    • - Remove all bins except the correct recycling and waste bins
  • Reduce Water and power waste
    • - Continue to use harvested rainwater for the toilets within the Forum
    • - Work with the University to plan each week of the building management system, to turn off ventilation and heating in our biggest spaces when they are not in use
  • Reduce food waste
    • - Introduced 2 community fridges on campus to help reduce food waste


How you can get involved

Students are welcome to bring ideas and initiatives directly to the VP Community or by emailing contact@hertfordshire.su

Students can also get involved in the Union’s Sustainability Working Group


Volunteering and Societies     

Students interested in environmental and sustainability projects should check out The Green Movement Society, a society that’s a partnership between the Students’ Union and the University. See our societies HERE

Have a passion for gardening? Did you know the University has introduced a community garden onto campus for you to use. For more information and how to get involved contact community@herts.ac.uk


What else can you do?

As a Students’ Union and a student body, we have a responsibility to ensure that our energy footprint is as small as possible. You can take some really simply steps to do this:

  • Make sure you turn off taps when you’re done with them (only fill the kettle with the amount of water you actually need) Switch off computers, televisions and technology when you’re done as well. (80% of wasted electricity comes from things being on standby)
  • Resist the urge to just whack up the heating, even if you have all-inclusive bills. Wear a jumper, or grab a duvet for some sofa time
  • Think about walking more – there are several sites such as walkit.com/going-green/ which can help map the best route for you

Everyone has things that they don’t use, that fester away in corners. If you’re not using things, don’t throw them away where they will go into landfill!



When you have waste or rubbish, please recycle rather than send it to landfill.

  • For more information on recycling please follow this link to the council website
  • Why not upcycle instead? Here’s some great upcycling ideas









Contact Us

  • Hertfordshire Students’ Union

    College Lane



    AL10 9AB

  • 01707 285000

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