FIE has been busy on the sustainability front over the last few months!
The Spring Student Switch Off competition was extremely successful with a 15.9% average reduction in electricity use compared to the same period in 2013 and a high level of engagement from students. As a result of taking part in the SSO, FIE was awarded with a GoAbroad Award for Innovation in Sustainability at the NAFSA 2014 conference in San Diego.
Our award was also mentioned at the end of the Green Impact National Special Awards Ceremony in a section called ‘Celebrating winners from across the UK’ at NUS’ Sustainability Programmes Roundtable event.
A case study, featuring FIE’s SSO competition and wider sustainability initiatives has also been included in the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)’s Case Study Database as an example of good practice.
Many of you will already be aware of the Meat Free Mondays (MFM) campaign which has spread all over the globe, most notably in the last five years. In the UK, Paul McCartney is the spokesperson for the campaign. The concept is incredibly simple: cut out meat one day per week, and, by doing do, slow climate change.
FIE has signed up as a supporter of Meat Free Mondays, and we encourage all faculty and staff to also sign up as individual supporters and consider making the change!
Julie’s Food 101 Monday sessions on the extra-curricular programme are now officially meat-free zones and FIE’s Sustainability Action Group is taking on the challenge of coming up with more ways in which we might embed Meat Free Mondays at FIE. Watch this space!
Lastly, a few weeks ago, the Fall 2014 Sustainability Lecture ‘Beyond Green: Rethinking Sustainability’ was delivered by our very own Brennan Jacoby.
In addition, the QAA have recently published their Education for sustainable development: Guidance for UK higher education providers