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Get Involved in Sustainability 

The University runs many projects to help get staff and students involved in sustainabilty. Explore the projects below to find out more about how you can take part!

Green Impact


A greening programme open to all staff members and postgraduates.

One Planet Week

Week 6 of Spring Term is One Planet Week at the University - raising awareness of how to live within the means of our one and only planet (as if everyone on the planet consumed the natural resources of the average person in Europe we would need three planets!) Check out our social media pages (TwitterFacebook and our blog) to keep up to date with event announcements for this year's One Planet Week. 

Green Spotlight


is a weekly café that serves meals sourced from surplus food destined for landfill. The café provides a place for the community to come together, make friends and tackle the issue of food waste on a local level. It is run completely by passionate volunteers and works on a pay-as-you-feel basis


The pay-as-you-feel cafe is open on Wednesdays between 11 & 2pm, serving drinks and food.  You are welcome to go any time for as long or as little as you like.


Tang Hall Community Centre

Fifth Avenue, YO31 0UG

Fill Bellies Not Bins

YourCafe recruits student volunteers to help run the cafe and assist in their work. See for details.


Student Switch Off

An energy saving competition for students in halls of residence.

Other Projects

Within the University:

In the City of York: 

Green Spotlight


Toilet Twinning is the York branch of the campaign to fund sanitation facilities for some of the poorest communities in the world, with an aim to twin every toilet on campus. 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to a toilet, with a third of all schools lacking access to safe water and sanitaitation, with 1.4 million children dying each year due to contact withhuman faeces - more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combines. Each toilet costs £60 to twin, with a focus on twinning four for £240 to build an entire block of toilets for a school. For more information and to donate, visit the York Toilet Twinning website.

Join in!

Check here for ways to get involved with what we're doing:

Get Involved with Green Impact

Departments across the university are going green and they need your help!

Staff and students can work together towards an award with Green Impact by engaging with their easy to adopt schemes and encouraging others to do the same.

The Green Impact program has a lot to offer and is highly flexible. It can be as simple as switching off lights to receiving environmental auditor training. Compete with other departments to win awards at the end of the year!

If you are passionate about sustainability and want to find out more about making a difference on campus then drop us an email at to enquire about joining/starting a team in your department.

Student auditor training

Student volunteers needed:

Once the hard-working Green Impact teams submit their workbooks in April, we start looking for student volunteer auditors. These volunteers will undertake IEMA-approved training prior to being given the opportunity to audit teams of staff across the University. Both the training and the experience will count towards your York Award.

Skills and knowledge you will gain from the day, aiding your CV and employability, include experience of:

  • Teamwork
  • Practical sustainability
  • Knowledge of behaviour change
  • Communication
  • Judgement
  • Planning
  • Time management
  • Auditing

Training will take place at the start of term 3 on the 1 May 2019. For more information and to register your interest, please contact







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