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.
Take part in Energy Action Week
Student Switch Off is a sustainability campaign which supports and encourages students to live sustainably, with a specific focus on saving energy and water, as well as recycling and reducing waste.
This year, Student Switch Off is competition based and puts colleges against each other in a battle to see who can save the most energy. The most sustainable College will get a prize at the end of the academic year.
From 27 November to 1 December, there will be a focus on energy saving, and we want to hear your thoughts about how to reduce energy usage on campus, and what you might already be doing to reduce your personal usage.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.