The Greenwich Sustainability Hub organised pro-sustainability projects, campaigns and events, across all campuses. It engaged with students in order to increase pro-environmental behaviour and to enable students to have an impact towards greater sustainability. It was inspired by theGreen Office Model. Unfortunately, the Hub lost its funding in 2016. The Greenwich Sustainability Society, a volunteer-led student association, was founded as a successor to the Hub.
» Conducted a sustainability assessment of 127 out of the university’s 135 programmes
» Planted a herb garden and installed a worm compost system at the Students’ Union
» Directly engaged 3,000 students during in the Hub’s projects and events
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A staff member coordinated the Sustainability Hub. 4 student employees were also part of the core team. The Hub engaged many volunteers in projects throughout the university.
Founding story of the Greenwich Sustainability Hub
In 2012, the National Union of Students UK issued a call for proposals to Students’ Unions around England to receive two-year funding for sustainability initiatives. The sustainability manager of Greenwich University already knew about the Green Office Model. She then worked with the Students’ Union to hand in a proposal for a Sustainability Hub, in order to involve students in the sustainability transition of the university. The Hub was then established in 2013. Unfortunately, the Hub lost its funding in 2016. The Greenwich Sustainability Society, a volunteer-led student association, was founded as a successor to the Hub.
The Greenwich Sustainability Hub was part of the University of Greenwich, in London. 25,000 students study and 1,500 staff work at the university. The Hub had been funded by the National Union of Students and was integrated within the Greenwich Students’ Union. In 2015, the Green Office had a budget of €99,000.