RGU Go Green awarded over £145,000 in funding

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Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) student union has been awarded thousands of pounds to help tackle climate change. 

RGU:Union has been awarded more than £145,000 by the Keep Scotland Beautiful Climate Challenge Fund to help them tackle Scotland’s carbon footprint while maintaining the country’s beautiful landscape.

This coming year, RGU:Union are looking to focus on reusing, with the adoption of swap shops and workshops to help people get the most from their items which they had thought were past their best. 

This is the fourth time the RGU student union has received funding for its sustainability initiative which spearheads a number of student-led eco projects. 

The Union have taken notice of the mass amount of items which end up in a landfill at the end of each semester, when students are moving out of halls of residence and are looking to reduce this.

They are looking to promote the recycling of clothes, bicycles, electricals and other homeware items which can be given to someone else who can make use of them.

The newly created bike maintenance workshop, Bike Pad, will also be ramped up to include qualified mechanics with the aim to get bikes back on the road that would usually be scrapped, while continuing to help others keep their bikes in order. 

RGU:Union’s collaboration with StreetSport looks to encourage the next generation to get on their bikes and increase bike maintenance skills. 

Veg Bag Plus, the Union’s Organic Veg Bag Scheme is also expanding to offer delivery to halls of residence via a low carbon cargo bike. 

Edward Pollock, President for Communication and Democracy at RGU, said: “RGU:Union remain committed to tackling climate change in any way we can. 

“We hope that this new focus of reusing items helps to encourage students to think about Scotland’s carbon footprint before they throw things away. 

“The great projects we have already started, we’re hoping will be continued by volunteers so can therefore remain in the RGU family.”

If you are interested in getting involved with RGU Go Green email: gogreen@rguunion.co.uk

 

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