Student Switch Off (SSO) is a sustainability campaign run by NUS at the University of York, which aims to promote and encourage students on campus to save energy and water, as well as recycle. This is a great change to learn before having to move out and paying your own energy bills!
If you live in college accomodation, you are automatically taking part in the campaign, but visit the NUS SSO Get Involved page to find out how you can do more and win indivdual prizes like Ben & Jerry's and TOTUM cards.
A lot ! As the campaign is run for students it's designed to give you tons of benefit:
The winning College earns £600 for the college committee to spend on student related activity! The Colleges in 2nd and 3rd place will also get £300 and £100 respectively.
Check out the Get Involved tab to learn how Colleges get points.
There's plenty of ways to get involved in Sustainability at York!
This is particularly relevant for anyone who works in Colleges or with first year undergraduates, but if you don't fall in these categories you can still enhance sustainability at York with the Green Impact Programme.
The winning College earns £600 to spend on student related activity. So ensure that you and your flatmates are recycling correctly and saving as much energy as you can to get points for your College!
Colleges earn points depending on
To become a Student Switch Off auditor or ambassador to get training and experience, sign up here.
Simply fill in our Climate Change Quiz when it goes live in November and February to get points for your College. You can also find the link for it (once it's live) from our Facebook page, our website or your College.
Also check out our Get Involved tab for links to sign up as Student ambassador or auditor and get work experience and training!
This year Alcuin College won the SSO competition, and received a Ben & Jerry's ice cream drop & £600 for their JCRC. Come second was Derwent winning £300 and James winning £100. Click on graphic below to see how each college did on energy, recycling, and sustainability awareness.
Well done Alcuin and good luck for all Colleges and students for this year's competition!
To win the College competition or the individual prizes you can do a range of actions to save energy such as:
Reducing our energy use is a long-term fight, and we're all involved in this one way or another. Today UK citizens use three Earth's worth of resources and space to provide for ourselves! These figures have prompted York Council to launch their One Planet York initiative, which the University of York has now pledged to support.
Seemingly small actions really can add up to make a big combined impact!
In the past 12 years, universities across Europe has saved £2.5 million of electricity for the education sector.
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Window won't close? Leaky taps? Neither you nor the environment has to suffer: report any fault in Colleges or to your landlord when living off-campus.
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