GoGreen - Shaping sustainability at RGU

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In November 2016 we asked you what you wanted to see happening on campus and in the community. This is what you said:

You wanted to see an outlet on campus for all of those unwanted, but still perfectly good, clothes and household items. A massive 90% of respondents said they wanted to see an on campus shop for household items, with 77% saying they wanted to see a clothes swapshop, 54% replying that they’d like to see upcycling workshops, and 59% wanting to learn new skills in a clothing repair workshop.

On the theme of transport, various cycling issues were identified that you wanted to see an improvement on. Amongst your responses, 36% said they wanted to see more bikes in our bike hire scheme, and a similar percentage also wished to see a bike workshop open up on campus to allow you to get your bike fixed, learn new skills, and get back on the road.

Our VegBag scheme has been growing every year, just like the tasty fruit and veg found in the bags every fortnight, and you had some great ideas to help continue this expansion. 42% of you said you would like to see VegBags delivered to Halls and other community outlets, 47% wanted to have the ability to buy bags on the day, rather than pre-ordering, and 42% wanted to see a wider variety of items available.

So what have we done with all of your feedback? Well, as of April the 3rd 2017, GoGreen have launched the RGU:Revolve project thanks to the Keep Scotland Beautiful Climate Challenge Fund. This exciting new project features 4 main activites: 3 based around re-use, re-purposing, and recycling, and 1 on increasing the reach of our established VegBag scheme.

We aim to establish a fashion and textile, and household swapshop on campus so that you can donate, and take, useful items so that they get a second life. Running alongside this will be a series of workshops that will teach new skills, develop new ideas, and help build the concept of upcycling into our community.

Our BikePad bike workshop was established in December 2016, and we will be taking it to the next level over the rest of 2017/18, with trained mechanics on hand to help get those bikes back on the road, and to deliver workshops and learning sessions so that you can learn how to be more self-sufficient in keeping the wheels turning and pedals spinning.

The VegBag Plus scheme will tap into a new market by offering delivery to Halls of Residence, removing the need to carry a bag full of veg around campus all day. Keep an eye out for some exciting new products coming to the VegBag scheme also!

But that’s not all. We’re always keen to hear your ideas about what you’d like to see happening on campus and in the community. So if you want to have your say, drop us a line at gogreen@rguunion.co.uk, find us on facebook or Instagram, or pop into our office in the Sir Ian Wood Building.

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