Sunderland University staff and students take to the streets for go green drive

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STAFF and students are taking to the streets to get people to go green.

In a bid to encourage more people across the city to recycle and reuse, staff and Students’ Union officers will be manning stands in The Bridges, along with city council workers, as part of national Re-cycling week which kicked off yesterday.

The move comes after the university was praised for its recycling and energy cutting efforts in the 2013 People & Planet Green League.

Michael Foster, facilities services manager at the university, said: “Recycling and cutting energy use is something the university is very proactive on, and it’s encouraging to see our efforts scoring success on a national scale.”

Taking the message to the streets mirrors the university’s own energy-saving efforts through its Big Turn Off campaign, which aims to get staff and students to cut their energy use – and therefore carbon emissions – through a range of simple measures. The changes will help the university to further cut its carbon output in line with government targets.

University of Sunderland Students’ Union volunteer and environmental co-ordinator Adam Gawne will be helping to man the stand.

He said: “It is important that everyone across the city gets on board with the recycling and energy saving campaign. In simple terms cutting energy saves money but also recycling cuts the city’s carbon footprint and is good for the environment generally.”