How to get involved



  • Join the Green Impact programme.
  • Sustainable commuting: cycling, car-sharing  or bus travel.
  • Reduce waste by advertising items you no longer need on the staff small-ads email list.   
  • Get involved in our annual Festival of Sustainability in March.
  • Campus Garden: Green Thumbs Society
  • Use our recycling facilities throughout the main campus buildings.
  • Visit the weekly street market every Thursday on Square 3 (Colchester Campus).
  • Donate books to the British Heart Foundation at our Colchester Campus book bank. 
  • Enjoy honey from our beehives.  
  • Bring a reusable coffee cup to Essex Food outlets and receive a 10p discount on your favourite hot drink. 
  • Refill your water bottle at one of our water coolers (search 'water' on Find Your Way).
  • Reduce the need to travel by making use of video conferencing facilities and Skype.
  • Bring your ideas to the sustainability team. We can provide funding for revolutionary new sustainability projects, for more information email us.

Get involved off campus (students and staff)

  • Find out where to buy second hand clothes or where you repair your favourite garments using this interactive map produced by our Summer School students: Sustainably Fashionable
  • Join Bennison Farm for a weekly delivery of organic seasonal vegetables, or participate in their Workshare program to work for your veg. 
  • Volunteer for the Essex Wildlife Trust at one of their local reserves. 
  • Join Walk Colchester on one of their outings to experience Colchester’s backyard beauty. 
Two students sitting by a lake on campus
Green Impact

An environmental accreditation programme run with support from the NUS. Bringing staff and students in a department together in a team and provides them with a tangible framework to make their department more sustainable. The programme runs each academic year.

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