Student Switch Off (SSO) is a campaign run by NUS at the University of York, which aims to promote good energy-habits whilst you are in College, before having to move out and paying your own energy bills!
There are individual prizes up for grabs and you can get your College to win the annual Student Switch Off competition by making sure you recycle well and save as much energy as possible.
A lot ! As the campaign is run for students it's designed to give you tons of benefit:
The winning College earns a Ben & Jerry's ice cream party and also £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.
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.
The winning College earns Ben & Jerry ice cream but also £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
Top Tip: You can check how well your College is doing on the Leaderboard
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, so they will get a Ben & Jerry's ice cream drop & their JCRC will get the £600 prize money! Coming second and third Vanbrugh won £300 and Goodricke won £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 have to 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.
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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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