Green Forest Tasks

Seed Level - 10 points each (@home)

Switch to a renewable energy provider


Look into the possibility of switching to a renewable energy provider. Snap a picture of your switching confirmation or the lack of providers for your area.




Save water


You can save water at home on the following activities:

  1. Brushing teeth
  2. Showers
  3. Doing dishes
  4. Laundry etc
If you`re up for pictures, that`s great. Otherwise we`ll take your word on this one! Just tell us what you do.




Use chemical free laundry detergent


You can try using Soap Nuts or chemical free powder for your laundry. Great for your skyn and for the oceans! Snap a picture of your replacement. Not sure what Soap Nuts are? Watch this:




Reduce your waste volume


You can do this by shopping without packaging, repurposing and donating. Snap a picture.




Compost


Show us that you compost your food scraps. There are a few scenarios that can take place here:

  • Your concil does collects the food
  • You have your own compost in your garden/allotment
  • You are using a shared compost facility (neighbours or community gardens)
  • You have a wormery
  • You have tried everything but can`t find anywhere to take your compost to :(




Prevent food waste


Show us that you are mindful about food waste and are taking steps to make sure that this kept to a minimum. You can do this by making shopping lists in order to avoid impulse buying. You can also use apps like OLIO for your surplus food. Take a shot of your way of preventing food waste.




Declutter


"Clutter is bad for your physical and mental health" Lynne Gilberg, professional organizer. Can you donate or sell the items you are no longer making use of? I use a very simple rule: If I haven`t used it in a year, it`s definitely going! Before and After pictures will work great here. Have fun! If you`re not sure where to start, whatch this for inspiration:




Grow your own


Do you grow any veggies, berries or herbs? Show `em off! Pottet herbs are great for any kitchen, big or small, and will end up much cheaper too!




Buy in Bulk


Can you find shops that sell bulk items? You can start off by using the Bulk locator app Buying in bulk reduces packaging waste and there`s a whole movement on this subject called: Zero Waste lifestyle. Thousands of people are aspiring to this lifestyle and it`s all about avoiding packaging. You can easily start off with Farmers Markets, Lush and Wholefoods shops +many others. Show us your finds.




Refuse plastic straws


"Can I please have a gin and tonic, no straw please!" Show us your glamorous cocktails or soda ;)




Refuse plastic bags


Make a habit of taking a tote bag anywhere you go - you never know when you`ll be tempted to pop in a shop. Can you take a pic of your groceries in reusable bags?




Tap water


We are blessed with drinking water here in the UK and should be grateful for it. Show us how you avoid buying bottled water. Check out the vide below:




Offset flights


Are you a frequent flyer? Did you consider offsetting your flights? One solution here but many other options out there.





Leaf level - 20 points each (@work)

Switch to a renewable energy provider


Look into the possibility of switching to a renewable energy provider. Snap a picture of your switching confirmation or the lack of providers for your area.




Save water


You can save water at home on the following activities:

  1. Brushing teeth
  2. Showers
  3. Doing dishes
  4. Laundry etc
If you`re up for pictures, that`s great. Otherwise we`ll take your word on this one! Just tell us what you do.




Use chemical free laundry detergent


You can try using Soap Nuts or chemical free powder for your laundry. Great for your skyn and for the oceans! Snap a picture of your replacement. Not sure what Soap Nuts are? Watch this:




Reduce your waste volume


You can do this by shopping without packaging, repurposing and donating. Snap a picture.




Compost


Show us that you compost your food scraps. There are a few scenarios that can take place here:

  • Your concil does collects the food
  • You have your own compost in your garden/allotment
  • You are using a shared compost facility (neighbours or community gardens)
  • You have a wormery
  • You have tried everything but can`t find anywhere to take your compost to :(




Prevent food waste


Show us that you are mindful about food waste and are taking steps to make sure that this kept to a minimum. You can do this by making shopping lists in order to avoid impulse buying. You can also use apps like OLIO for your surplus food. Take a shot of your way of preventing food waste.




Declutter


"Clutter is bad for your physical and mental health" Lynne Gilberg, professional organizer. Can you donate or sell the items you are no longer making use of? I use a very simple rule: If I haven`t used it in a year, it`s definitely going! Before and After pictures will work great here. Have fun! If you`re not sure where to start, whatch this for inspiration:




Grow your own


Do you grow any veggies, berries or herbs? Show `em off! Pottet herbs are great for any kitchen, big or small, and will end up much cheaper too!




Buy in Bulk


Can you find shops that sell bulk items? You can start off by using the Bulk locator app Buying in bulk reduces packaging waste and there`s a whole movement on this subject called: Zero Waste lifestyle. Thousands of people are aspiring to this lifestyle and it`s all about avoiding packaging. You can easily start off with Farmers Markets, Lush and Wholefoods shops +many others. Show us your finds.




Refuse plastic straws


"Can I please have a gin and tonic, no straw please!" Show us your glamorous cocktails or soda ;)




Refuse plastic bags


Make a habit of taking a tote bag anywhere you go - you never know when you`ll be tempted to pop in a shop. Can you take a pic of your groceries in reusable bags?




Tap water


We are blessed with drinking water here in the UK and should be grateful for it. Show us how you avoid buying bottled water. Check out the vide below:




Offset flights


Are you a frequent flyer? Did you consider offsetting your flights? One solution here but many other options out there.





Tree level - 40 points each (University wide)

Promote the energy saving targets in your department


This can be done through emails, meetings or posters. Support and resources will be provided.




Recycling campaign


Conduct an internal audit of your bins and waste segregation (ideally over a week). A few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do we have enough/too many bins in our area?
  • Is it clear how waste should be segregated?
  • Is the recycling contaminated? -by what? (eg. food)
After observing the bins for a few days, draw a conclusion (eg. our department segregates waste corectly 90% of the time). Based on this, decide wether a recycling campaign would be beneficial. If not, announce that your department is doing well at recycling and encourage colleagues to keep it up.




Food waste


If food waste collected separtatelly? If yes, that`s great! - just check the food caddie regularly and make sure there is no contamination. If not, email your estates team and/or waste manager and ask what are the plans for this to be introduced.




RE-use schemes


Promote the re-use schemes such as Warp-it (BBK and LSHTM). SOAS to find alternative solutions for re-use of items.




Sustainability events


Sustainability team will run events throughout the year. Get involved in the organization of these, help out on the day and promote the events in your team/department.




Greenthing brand


Engage with the Greenthing brand online (Website and Twitter) and help us by sharing any relevant content for the intranet and newsletters. You can do this by sharing information in your department, putting up posters and interacting with us on social media.





Forest level - 80 points each (community)

Good Gym


Get involved in Good Gym or similar initiatives. Info on Good Gym here : https://www.goodgym.org/ (good amount of groups already formed in London) Have a quick look at the group in Bath who made in on BBC:




Meet Up


Join MeetUp Groups. Plenty groups with environmental themes (eg. SDG, Zero waste) More infor on Meet Up: https://www.meetup.com/ Sustainability team can recommend a few but you`re welcome to explore and choose.




Wider Sustainability Group - Bloomsbury


Help us engage with our near neighbours and partners on sustaianbility and create a wider group of sustainability passionates in Bloomsbury. We are officially part of a group of 3 (BBK, SOAS, LSHTM) and informally we work closely with UoL and UCL. Get in touch if you`re interested in this and have any ideas.




Big Sustianbility events


We could host sustainability events on different themes and invite other sustainability proffesionals to attend and run workshops on specific themes. Get in touch if this is of interest. We wold love to support any ideas that you`d like to take forward that would benefit the School and neighbouring colleges.





Bloomsbury Colleges Group, Keppel Street, WC1E 7HT, London

Tel: 020 7927 2762

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