EfS in the extra-curriculum

"No one is too small to make a difference" – Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old climate activist.

Students are at the heart of our sustainability work. Find out how you can get involved using the links below, or take a look at our Guide to sustainability at ARU.

Attend a sustainability workshop

Join a workshop hosted by the EfS team and Sustainability Society, or browse these slides for a quick introduction to the Youth Strike for Climate movement. 

Change our University

To date, students have secured the following changes at ARU: 

  • A pledge to remain free of fossil fuel investments, now and in future. Read more about this here.
  • A switch from polystyrene containers to vegware containers in the canteen, saving roughly 40,000 from landfill each year 
  • An increase in the number of vegan options available in the canteen 
  • The banning of helium balloons from campus

Contact the Environment Team if you have an idea for a way to make our campus more sustainable.

Join a society

In 2018-19, the Sustainability Society set up a full-day event called 'Save our World' day, designed to support students to learn more about the climate and ecological crises.

Visit the SU website to view the full range of societies on offer at ARU, or browse through the below list of sustainability-related societies.

Improve your wellbeing at the Edible Garden

Research from our own GSI has shown that spending time growing your own food can have a positive impact on your mental health. The wellbeing network runs a bi-monthly gardening session at the Edible Garden on the Cambridge campus. Use this map to find your way over there, or contact felicity.clarke@aru.ac.uk for more information on when the sessions are taking place.

Attend a Global Sustainability Institute seminar

These lunchtime talks explore issues as varied as food, the fashion industry, health and wellbeing, nature and nature's value. Visit the GSI events page to find out when they are taking place.

Apply for a Green Fund for your society

Win up to £250 from the Environment Team to help make your club or society more environmentally friendly.

Volunteer through the Students' Union

Take a look at the Students' Union volunteering pages to find out about opportunities across Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough.

Intern at the Global Sustainability Institute

Become part of an internationally recognised research institute and learn about sustainability. Find out what previous interns have been working on and how you can get involved.

Participate in Sustainable Sainji

Sainji is a small village at the foothills of the Himalayas. Each year a small group of staff and students from ARU visits the village to support on sustainability and other community-related projects.