What is the Green Taskforce?
The Green Taskforce is a student body which has been built from the former Bournemouth University Green Students Society. The Taskforce work to improve the environment both at BU and in the local community and raise awareness of all Green issues, students are able to actively help through a variety of activities, ranging from beach cleans to helping to maintain wildlife gardens in local primary schools!
We host several annual events on campus, as well as advocating for national awareness days. In 2015, there was the first Green Awards which celebrated all of the groups and individuals who have worked tirelessly to improve the community.
The Green Taskforce Leadership Team is made up of the Chair, the Vice-Chair, Media and Events and Lansdowne. We have already elected the Leadership Team for 2017 - 2018, however, we will elect a new team every year, so if you are keen to do one of these roles, you will have an opportunity to run to be elected next year.
The Green Taskforce Leadership Team support voluntary campaign leaders to run green campaigns throughout the year. Our current awareness campaigns are for:-
Coffee Cups - to encourage everyone to use their own reusable cups, rather than the paper and wax cups, that coffee shops use, that cannot be recycled and end up in landfil.
Fairtrade Awareness - to help people to understand what Fairtrade is, and how we can all contribute to the initiative, and help oversea's traders out of poverty in 3rd world countries.
Plastic Oceans - to raise awareness of the polution in our oceans which are turning in to a plastic soup, harming the environment, and our own food chain.
Divestment Away From Fossil Fuels - to campaign against organisations, who make financial investments with other organisations, who profit from industry which plunders the Earth's natural resources, eg, oil (fossil fuel).
Education for Sustainable Development - to campaign and lobby the university, for all courses to have sustainability units, as part of their course, and to encourage students to seek career paths with organisations who have a high standard of ethical and sustainable practice.
Ethical Food - to educate people about the production of food via ethical and sustainable methods, and how to make better ethical choices about the food we eat.
What does SUBU do to be green?
Bournemouth University is the 7th greenest university in the country as of 2015, and SUBU were awarded Gold at the NUS Green Impact awards in 2012/13 and 2015/16, and the new style Green Impact Awards in 2016/17.
For our environmental impact breakdown, please click here.
This is because of a variety of partnerships and schemes including becoming a Fairtrade Foundation accredited university.
Your Full Time Officers:
Your VP Community works to ensure the union works towards its main strategic aims. This includes our promise to be “ethical and environmental in all its activities”.
The President also lobbies the university to make sure they are being green too.
Your Green Taskforce Chair:
The Green Taskforce Chair is elected by students and sits on the activities council representing students on green issues.
Their main responsibilities are to promote environmental issues, run campaigns and to vote in student councils meetings
Gillian Lewis - Community Partnerships Manager
Hannah Wiseman - Green and Volunteering Projects Co-ordinator
Follow all of our updates, events and discussions on the following social media accounts:
We are also located on the second floor of the Student Centre if you'd like to come and speak to us!