Greening Goldsmiths advertisement
photo credit: Nicola Hogan

Goldsmiths SU have recruited an Environmental and Ethnical Officer, Yusuf Siddiqui. Yusuf is a third year International Studies student and can be reached at eandeofficer@goldsmithssu.org. Yusuf and Greening Goldsmiths would like to remind students that our overarching aim is to provide students with a campus that not only looks good and provides students with an environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research but is also sustainable and ethical in its operations. Any student wanting to get involved in helping to “green” our campus, can do so by participating in any of the project listed below.

1. Gardening.

Students looking for a therapeutic and environmentally friendly activity can join the Goldsmiths Allotment. The allotment is managed by Dr. Ros Gray and members can have their own plot on which to grow anything they like or be part of the community plot. For more details, see their Facebook Page or contact R.Gray@gold.ac.uk

2. Energy Detectives.

Students can become an Energy Detective by accessing the Energy Detective smart phone web appat edetect.gold.ac.uk and recording where and when they see energy being wasted across campus. After registering their login details, a drop down menu of the list of buildings on campus and the type of wastage occurring makes recording of wasted energy easy for users. Energy Detectives can also take a picture of the rooms where energy is being wasted as further evidence and everyone who sends a report is automatically entered into a draw to win a £20 gift voucher of their choice.

3. Paper Use Reduction.

Greening Goldsmiths are tackling the excessive use and wastage of paper on campus. Despite a huge uptake in the number and type of electronic devices on campus, we are still printing and photocopying at an alarming rate. While much of the printed material discarded in bins are course related notes, waste audits show that a high percentage of waste paper appears to be single sided photocopying and printing mistakes. It’s worth remembering that:

1. Using electronic devices is much easier all round. Store 100’s of documents in a single device that can be retrieved and read at your convenience. Most electronic devices have studying and note taking tools included.

2. If you must print, please do so double sided and put as much “relevant information only” on both sides of the paper, as is legible.

3. Paper should be disposed of in recycling bins. Waste paper is currently being incorrectly disposed of in general waste bins, which incurs increased waste disposal charges. Our hope is that, by everyone making simple changes to how they use paper, we will be able to achieve our target of reducing our paper use and costs by 30%.​

Finally, in case you are unaware, large amounts of specialist printing can be done quickly, cheaply and more efficiently through Goldsmiths Print Services. Availing of this service can save you time and money and it is better for the environment too. The Print Services team have the equipment and expertise to meet all your printing needs. Find out more on the Print Services website page http://www.gold.ac.uk/print-services/

4. Cycling at Goldsmiths. Goldsmiths was named the greenest university of London by the University of Indonesia’s Green University Index (GUI) in 2015. This was partly due to us having made significant improvements to our Cycling provisions. Currently there are … 330 bike parking spaces on campus (many of them monitored by CCTV). 3 showering locations (RHB, PSH, Lockwood). 80 bike lockers. 75 free bike doctor sessions on campus (2 per week throughout the year). 1 tyre air pump. Cycling related give away schemes such as the end of year abandoned bike scheme that includes giving away bike helmets, drinks bottles and safety gear.

Top 10 Tips for being Greener at Goldsmiths.

1. Cycle or use public transport instead of taking the car.

2. Brown Bag your lunch using reusable lunchboxes instead of buying prepackaged convenience


3. E-mail or text information instead of printing and copying.

4. Dress for the weather; wear warmer layers during winter and cooler clothing during the summer.

5. Switch off electrical devices when not in use.

6. Dispose of waste in the correct recycling bin.

7. Use reusable coffee cups when ordering coffee to go- it’s cheaper too.

8. Grow a plant in your room (nothing illegal please).

9. Join the Goldsmiths Allotment Club.

10. Become an Energy Detective.

For more information about anything included in this article, please contact N.Hogan@gold.ac.uk