The festive season is almost here - it's almost time to celebrate along with those we love, and have a well deserved break. It can also be the perfect time to adopt new habits, to reduce our consumption and help the planet and people around us.
What we buy, how often we buy, and where we buy from all have a much greater impact on the planet than we first might think. Lots of resources and energy go into the items we are purchasing, so by being more aware and making changes to your consumption habits you can have a positive impact on our planet, and on yourself (e.g. saving money).
Do you want to find some pre-loved clothes, books or small household items that are completely free for you to take? Look no further than our new online Swap Shop!
What is a Swap Shop, you might be thinking. It's a place where you can exchange (or just take) items that other people have donated. Their purpose is to reduce waste by extending a product's life-cycle, which also has the knock on benefit of saving you some money!
Contact us for free items to help you walk and cycle safely
The way we travel has really changed during the pandemic, as we’ve seen more people choosing to walk or cycle around the city. We’d love to see you keep this up (or even start giving it a go) during these darker Winter months, so we've got lots of free bike lights and high-vis items to give out to you so you can stay safe while travelling actively. If you'd like to get a pack of these free items, simply email us on email@example.com expressing your interest!
We are looking for a student to help us run environmental sustainability events and campaigns, as part of our Go Green project. This is an exciting paid opportunity to help educate and engage students on climate change and low carbon travel issues.
Hours per week: 8 (hours will fit around your timetable)
Pay: Approx £10 per hour.
Contract length: Term time (21 weeks)
Location of work: Online (with potential for on-campus activities in line with government guidance)
This webpage provides guidance for students on how to travel safely to Edinburgh College campuses. It sets out government guidelines on using public transport, and provides advice and information on walking, cycling, and driving. More detailed advice can be found on the Scottish Government website here. If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 you should not travel, and follow government advice on self-isolation.
Happy Earth Day!
Today is Earth Day, an annual celebration of environment that happens every year on the 22nd of April. It is also the 50th Anniversary of the first ever Earth Day, which started back in 1970. This year the theme is climate action - you can find out more about Earth Day 2020 on the official website here. They have lots of suggestions of small actions you can take - from measuring your local air quality to doing a mini litter pick.
ECSA is working with Edinburgh College's Ccommunity Garden Coordinator to plan the creation of a new green space at Milton Road campus.
There is a grassy field at Milton Road campus that Edinburgh College wishes to plan trees on. This will create more and better green spaces at the campus for students, staff, and local residents and community groups to use. It will also help the environment and contribute to lowering the college's carbon emissons, as trees absorb carbon dioxide.
We're delighted to share the news that Edinburgh College Students' Associtaion has been awarded over £190,000 as part of the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) to run another climate change project from 2020-2022. This project will offer free support to help Edinburgh College students to travel more sustainably, and to reduce their food and textile waste.
Through our Go Green - Low Carbon Travel project, we have the opportunity to reward three students for their efforts to live in a more environmentally-friendly way. So we want to hear from you if you've made a concious effort to travel in a more sustainable way this year, and especially if you've also been encouraging your friends and classmates to do the same. Your entry can also include information about any other changes you have made to your lifestyle to be more sustainable. Winning examples might include: