What is the Sustainability Challenge?
Do you have a fantastic sustainable idea that could be incorporated into every day life on campus? Then this is for you!
The Sustainability Challenge is:
• A chance to inspire and help Bournemouth University become more environmentally sustainable
• A chance to work across disciplines with students from other faculties or departments, and create an interdisciplinary and innovative idea
• An opportunity to win £500
• An experience that will give you new skills, new contacts and impress future employers
Keep any eye on this page for information on the next Sustainability Challenge for 21-22.
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The Sustainability Challenge is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to come together and create an idea to make the university campuses more sustainable. For students considering taking part in this competition it is also: • A chance to inspire and help Bournemouth University become more environmentally sustainable • A chance to work across disciplines with students from other faculties or departments, and create an interdisciplinary and innovative idea • An opportunity to win £500 • An experience that will give you new skills, new contacts and impress future employers
We encourage teams to have between 1 to 4 members.
Any BU student is eligible to be part of a team with members from anywhere across BU. You can join up with peers on your programme, in your accommodation or anywhere else!
If you want to sign up as an individual, please do! We will be hosting events virtually to run through the ‘rules’ and to be a networking session for you to meet other keen individuals and create a team.
Go to https://bournemouth.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/sustainabilitychallengesignup and fill in the online form.
SUBU and BU Sustainability Teams will be hosting information and Q&A sessions on 26th November and the 1st December for any questions you may have. We encourage you to find a mentor if you feel it would benefit, as it is a great research and networking opportunity. We can help you with this, or we’ll certainly try!
This is BU’s very first Sustainability Challenge so you have free reign on what your idea is! It can be as small or as large as you like, as long as it fulfils the scoring criteria and can improve BU’s sustainability on campus. What’s an issue that you are passionate about?
The Challenge is a platform for students to come together and create an idea. There is neither an expectancy that you must fulfil the idea or that the university will accept it and/or fund its implementation although all ideas will be considered and, of course, you may be able to implement some without that.
Yes! Taking part in the Sustainability Challenge is recognised as part of the Skilled Practioner Badge on the Global Talent Programme and allows you to gain credit towards your Global Talent Award. Find out more and join here: www.bournemouth.ac.uk/student/global-talent
Sustainability Challenge - 20-21 Results
The 20-21 Sustainability Challenge took place on February 24th 2021 and saw 7 teams of BU students come together to present their ideas on how Bournemouth University could improve its sustainability for a chance to win £500 to make their idea into a reality. The challenge was run in collaboration with BU Sustainability and the prize money was sponsored by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.
The 7 teams had 2 months to prepare for their presentation which was judged on the level of research and testing, innovation and creativity, practical ability and application and, finally, overall impact. We had some really innovative ideas presented to our judging panel including on campus refill shops, a wall of kindness, a plant based campus and much more!
However, the winning idea was ‘The Sustainability Starter Pack’. This idea was created by 3 BU Masters students - Megan Leonard, June Vorraa and Lucy James. The Sustainability Starter Pack is an initiative that will give all BU students a simple guide on how to live a sustainable life whilst at BU by making small changes to their everyday life such as their diet, recycling and waste management, sustainable travel and much more! Keep your eyes peeled for more information launching soon!