There are so many ways you can get involved with sustainability-related activities during your time at York. From volunteering and joining a society to taking part in University-wide activities, there’s something here for everyone.

Our sustainability-related extracurricular opportunities are designed to help you meet with other students who share similar interests and get a taste of what it might be like to work in a sustainability-related role.

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Volunteer for the Big Community Challenge 2023

This year's Big Community Challenge, organised by York Cares, will focus on the maintenance and restoration of river and wetland areas in York. Activities will aim to preserve and improve biodiversity in the city.

Events and activities will take place throughout June and there will be a chance to volunteer on a restoration project. We’re backing this as part of our 60th anniversary to make it the biggest community challenge yet.

If you're interested in volunteering for the Big Community Challenge 2023, register your interest on the York Cares website.

Register your interest to volunteer

Become a volunteer sustainability auditor with Green Impact

Green Impact Auditors conduct sustainability audits of university departments, reviewing their sustainability activities and providing feedback. You will receive a half-day IEMA-approved training course where you will learn about sustainability issues and how they apply to the university, as well as develop professional and analytical skills. You will learn how to conduct a sustainability audit, and then get the opportunity to conduct one or more audits of university departments.

Find out more and register here

Get involved with York Living Labs

Do you have an idea for using the campus as a test bed to improve biodiversity?  

This year, York Living Labs is bringing together staff and students to focus on testing new ways of increasing biodiversity around our campus.  

Any student or member of staff can make a suggestion for a Biodiversity Living Lab project.  Share your idea with the Biodiversity Management Committee by saying what you think should be done, why it is important, how it could be done and what you will do to support it.

Submit your ideas to Project ideas will be considered by the York Living Labs Biodiversity Management Committee and you can expect to hear whether your idea will be taken forward within 2 weeks.

Send us your new Living Lab idea

Green societies and networks

There is an array of student-run societies promoting sustainability at York, along with opportunities to get involved through your college and student union.

Each society and network offers a slightly different approach to environmental sustainability. They also provide you with new opportunities to meet and socialise with like-minded students.

Visit the YUSU Sustainability Hub for more information about joining one of our green societies or networks.

YUSU sustainability hub

Volunteering opportunities

  • The University Community Fund offers £500 - £5,000 for students or staff to develop their own volunteering project

  • You can help with filling bellies not bins by volunteering with Your Cafe and reduce waste by turning food surplus into meals served at their community cafe

  • Volunteering at St Nicks is a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills and gain experience in a competitive sector

  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust relies on volunteers to run its operation. Opportunities range from office work to practical conservation

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