Here at Roehampton Students’ Union, sustainability is at the heart of our work. We recognise that all our activities, services and products have an impact on our environment, whether positive or negative. We have determined our impacts and are actively working to make our Union better for you and for the wider community. You can view our SMART action plan here as to what we are working on.
Through many of our initiatives, to our everyday work, we try and ensure that we are making sustainable decisions that represent the interests of our students.
In this section, you will be able to catch a glimpse of our efforts and find out how you can get involved with sustainability at Roehampton Students’ Union.
Growhampton is a sustainability programme with a big focus on food. It is delivered by Roehampton Students' Union at the University of Roehampton. It was established in September 2013 with funding from the NUS Students’ Green Fund.
On August 2013 Roehampton Students' Union was awarded £230,000 to implement a two-year programme that would inspire and engage students, staff and the local community in Roehampton with sustainability issues. We aimed to make ‘being green’, easy, accessible and fun through the establishment of a number of new initiatives.
An edible campus was created with a main growing site complete with a polytunnel and a number of smaller growing areas spread throughout the university grounds. Kale, chard, salad leaves, beetroots and micro greens popped up everywhere, giving students the opportunity to learn about where food comes from and how to grow it.
Today we operate The Hive café, manage productive growing sites and run numerous volunteering opportunities and events that involve students’, staff and the local community. We are also developing our food education outreach work in the community by delivering sessions about growing and healthy eating in local schools.
The Hive Cafe is an ethical café selling a simple, seasonal and tasty menu which includes some produce coming straight from our edible campus. The Hive and the adjacent courtyard is decorated using funky upcycled materials. The cafe itself is made from two repurposed shipping containers!
Don't forget to look out for our scaffold board tables and espresso counter, apple crate stools, scorched cable reel coffee tables, salvaged plastic crate seating and our stunningly beautiful cedar coffee tables made from off cuts of trees found on our beautiful campus grounds.
Regenerate is a local charity that works with young people and families in Roehampton and estates across London, helping transform lives and communities from the inside out.
Growhampton has been working together with Regenerate for over a decade supporting the local community within the Roehampton area.
We also work together with Regenerate by participating at their annual Feel Good Festival. This year we brought down our famous smoothie bike, where over 100 children cycled to make their very own banana smoothie.
We have been working with the Feel Good Bakery since 2015 when we opened the Hive Cafe on campus. We sell sandwiches from The Feel Good Bakery. Established by Regenerate, the enterprise is a response to the need we see to provide support and employment for young people caught up in negative behaviour. The Feel Good Bakery trains, coaches and employs young people who are turning their backs on gang life and crime.
The amazing aspect about The Feel Good Bakery is that we are partnering with grassroots organisations that do amazing work with children living in extreme poverty around the world. In buying a sandwich you are personally buying a meal for one of these children.
Since inception, the Hive have sold over 35 000 sandwiches and provided this many meals to cildren living in extreme poverty.
RSU are key partners of the Roehampton Forum. The major concerns of the Roehampton Forum are:
- The health of the people of Roehampton, especially the very elderly.
- The maintenance and improvement of the local Housing Stock
- The level of crime suffered by the people of Roehampton
- The lives of the children in the area
- Economic improvement of the area
NUS Green Impact SU
Green Impact Students' Unions is the flagship sustainability accreditation scheme by the National Union of Students, helping students' unions to green their campus, curriculum and community. Last year, Roehampton Students’ Union achieved an Excellent status and this is something we hope to achieve again.
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