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Reduce the Juice is a UK-wide student sustainability engagement programme. It is delivered in student accommodation and focuses on three key areas: reducing energy consumption; saving water; and increasing recycling in the residential Halls.
It is run as a two-tier competition: on the University-wide level, and the UK-wide level. The winning Halls are given a budget, rather than a set prize, enabling students to really take ownership of the programme.
Students are involved in the programme throughout the year. They sign up at Freshers’ Fairs, attend a training session, and act as ambassadors of the programme in their Hall throughout the year.
In 2016-2017 academic year, we worked with 20 residential halls in 5 universities, recruited 80 Sustainability Engagement and Action Leaders and saved more than 518 tonnes of CO2e.
Top 3 learnings:
1 The Sprints have proven to be a very successful way of keeping the momentum going throughout the year.
2 Hall’s closed Facebook groups were a key communication channel.
3 The Accommodation Teams’ support significantly contributes to successful project delivery.
CO2t savings 2016/2017: 515 (Actual)
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