Here at Heriot-Watt University Student Union, we know it's important that we all do what we can and make an effort to be more sustainable in the face of the Climate Crisis. The Union believes we must take a positive approach and encourage students and the University to help and support environmental practices such as reducing waste, recycling and good ethical practices. 

 

How to Get Involved

These groups cover various strands of sustainability that welcome all students to join in!

Societies

Polly Glynn

Polly is our Activities Coordinator. If you want to set up a sustainability based society, then get in touch on P.Glynn@hw.ac.uk

Student-Led Groups

  • Sustainability Working Group
    This is a space to bring forward campaign and activism ideas that students are passionate about running. We discuss topics like making the switch to a more eco-friendly search engine, Ecosia, campaigning for 100% divestment in fossil fuel companies, pushing for plant-based alternatives on campus and many more. Get involved to create a positive change on campus!
  • Student Life Group 
    This parliament group is where anyone can bring forward ideas events and activities they would like to see run by the Union. If you feel like there should be more fundraising events or more volunteering opportunities on campus - this is the group for you. The SLG is a place to connect with other students who want to make an impact on what happens on Campus

 

Campaigns

 

events

VegSoc Global Food Sustainability
1st November 3pm - 4pm
Zeros inside the Student Union
Join us and our guest Michael Driscoll from IntelliDigest to discuss their role in food waste globally, their current projects and future plans!
Society of Progressive Students Divestment Stall
2nd November 10am - 4pm
Student Union
SPS is hosting a stall on the Student Union to talk about our goal of making Heriot-Watt Uni stop investing in the Fossil Fuel Industry
Heriot-Watt University Student Union Vintage Clothing Sale
2nd November 10am - 4pm
Zeros
We will have everything from puffer jackets to t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece jackets and everything in between.
VegSoc "How to Shop Plant Based" Discussion & Chat
2nd November 11:30am - 1:30pm
Heriot Watt Student Union: Room 1
Come along and join us to discuss all things plant based shopping - both the highs and the lows!
Heriot-Watt University Student Union Daffodil Planting
2nd November 1pm - 3pm
Student Union
Come and plant daffodils on campus for Sustainability Week!
Heriot-Watt University Student Union How to eat sustainably - without going vegan!
2nd November 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom
If the food system is broken, how can we fix it?
Ocean Conservation Society Interview with Waterhaul Cofounder Harry Dennis
3rd November 11am - noon
@hwuocean Instagram Live
Interview with @waterhaul_co founder Harry Dennis about harmful fishing subsidies, ghost gear, bycatch, and of course, the very positivist approach that Waterhaul has taken to contribute to solving such issues through their products!
Heriot-Watt University Student Union What Sustainable Living Looks Like in Our Dubai and Malaysia Campus!
3rd November noon - 1pm
Discord
Join us on our Global Discord Server and chat about sustainability with our Malaysia and Dubai campuses!
Ocean Conservation Society Sustainability Fest
3rd November 5:30pm - 10pm
Seeds for the Soul, 167 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DG
Sustainability Fest @ Seeds for the Soul. Join us, the Foodie Society, EcoSoc, VegSoc, Solar Decathlon society and the ArchEng Society in taking over Seeds for the Soul for the night.
Heriot-Watt University Student Union Ecosia Comes To Edinburgh
4th November 11am - 3pm
Hunters Hall Park, Edinburgh
Come and join the Ecosia team for a tree-planting event close by to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Heriot-Watt University Student Union Movie Night: My Octopus Teacher
4th November 6pm - 8pm
Zeros
Join us at Zeros with comfy bean bags, snacks and a movie night featuring an Oscar winning documentary!
Heriot-Watt University Student Union Pub Quiz: David Attenborough Edition
5th November 7:30pm - 9pm
Geordies
Test your eco-knowledge in David Attenborough style!
Ocean Conservation Society Societies Unite Beach Clean
6th November 10:15am - 3pm
Silverknows beach
Join us and lots of other societies for a huge beach clean at Silverknowes Beach
Bio Soc Sustainability Week - SOCIETIES UNITE BEACH CLEAN
6th November noon - 3pm
Silverknows Beach
Societies Unite Beach clean for Sustainability Week in Collaboration with many other societies.
VegSoc Cook-along with EcoSociety
7th November 6pm - 8pm
Zoom
We are hosting an online cook along in collaboration with the Ecosociety. Come and join us with your ingredients on Zoom

 

Our Policies

These are the policies that shape the Union and are a result of a clear mandate from the student population.

 

Key Contacts

Shana Faraghat

Hiya! My name is Shana, your Vice-President, and I take the lead on all things sustainable on campus. I chair the student-led Sustainability Working Group and also sit on the university’s Global Environmental Sustainability Group meeting to represent YOUR student voice. So, if you think there should be more campaigns or activism on campus, the Sustainability Working Group is the group for you! If you would also want a new policy on sustainability, then make sure to get in touch with me on union.vpcommunity@hw.ac.uk. It is long overdue that we take more tangible actions towards tackling climate change and this year, students and I are wanting to make that change. So, make sure to get involved and help us make a difference together!  

Pat Bulski

Hello, hello, hello! My name is Pat and I am the President of VegSoc this year. I am big on sustainability and learning about the impact we have on our planet. I believe that we as individuals have a lot of power through our choices and we should use it to show our leaders that we want change! As you might guess, my main area of interest is the impact of our diet on the climate but also our health and animal welfare. I believe that it is an often underestimated topic in the sustainability discussion and greater emphasis should be placed on changing our food system if we want to tackle climate change. If you’re interested in joining the society or having a conversation just drop me an e-mail pb2003@hw.ac.uk or contact us on Instagram @hwvegsoc and remember to VOICE YOUR CHOICE.

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