How to get involved

Sustainability Engagement Group 

Sustainability Engagement Group

The Sustainability Engagement Group coordinates and implements the Essex sustainability policy. The group includes both staff and student representatives. We aim to reduce the costs incurred by our University by improving waste, energy, transport and catering management, working with existing human resources and support.

In all our current activities, such as recycling, energy management, habitats, fair trade, transport, and procurement, our University has a considerable carbon footprint, but we are targeting considerable reductions in net emissions of carbon in the coming years. Although much has been achieved, there is much still to be done.

Get involved on campus


The aim of LittleChoicesBigChanges is to encourage students to save energy and recycle when living in University accommodation.
We run the campaign each year to reduce our carbon footprint and to help you learn about sustainable behaviour.


  • Save energy by switching off what’s not in use (including chargers, screens and lights).
  • Boiling the kettle? Only fill with what you need.
  • Take a reusable cup to cafes on campus and save up to 25p when you buy a hot drink.


  • Put tin cans, card & paper, plastic bottles & trays in your mixed recycling.
  • Put glass bottles & jars in the glass bin.
  • Non-recycling waste and food leftovers should go in general waste.  


  • Dripping tap? Broken window? Flickering lights? Report faults to Estates by emailing us.
  • Always put your litter in a bin – keep campus looking beautiful!
  • Put wipes, sanitary products, floss, cotton buds etc. in the bin – don’t flush them down the toilet.  

Live Sustainably

  • Bring your ideas to the sustainability team. We can provide funding for revolutionary new sustainability projects, for more information email
  • Donate books to the British Heart Foundation at our Colchester campus book bank.
  • Enjoy honey from our campus beehives.
  • Find out where to buy second hand clothes or where to repair your favourite garments using this interactive map produced by our Summer School students: Sustainbly Fashionable.
  • Get involved in our annual Festival of Sustainability.
  • Join Bennison Farm for a weekly delivery of organic seasonal vegetables, or participate in their workshare program to work for your veg.
  • Join Walk Colchester on one of their outings to experience Colchester's backyard beauty.
  • Refill your water bottle at one of our water coolers at our Colchester campus (search 'water' on find your way).
  • Sign up to the Green Impact Programme.
  •  Use our recycling facilities in accommodation the main campus buildings.
  • Volunteer for the Essex Wildlife Trust at one of their local reserves.
  • Visit the weekly street market every Thursday on Square 3 on our Colchester campus.

Staff Sustainability

Student Sustainability

Travel Sustainably

  • If you are travelling to our Colchester campus, why not get the annual season First UoE bus pass for discounted travel within the Colchester area.
  • If you are travelling to our Southend campus, why not get the annual season Arriva bus pass for discounted travel within the Southend area.
  • Consider cycling to work. For University of Essex staff, we run a Cyclescheme which deducts the cost of the new bike and equipment from your gross salary, enabling you to save up to 40%.
  • Join the Walking Together email subscription list to see who is walking your way to University.

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Get in touch
Get in touch
Daisy Malt Sustainability Engagement Officer
Telephone: 01206872826
Ellie Turner Sustainability Engagement Assistant
Telephone: 01206872950