Green Lancaster

Welcome to Green Lancaster! We believe that everybody can live green, think green, love green.

Green Lancaster is here to provide students with opportunities to live green, become more sustainable and make positive environmental choices. We hope this page will provide you with ideas and advice about all the different ways you can make changes, no matter how small or large, that could result in a big impact on the environment.

Working closely with Lancaster University, Green Lancaster creates environmental change by delivering projects that meet the needs, interests, and values of an increasingly environmentally aware student body. Below we’ve highlighted some of the environmental projects that are happening here in Lancaster that you can get involved in.

Latest Updates

Lots of sites have been under development this term as we’ve been very busy expanding the Edible Campus project. The InfoLab terrace now hosts a variety of herb beds that will be used by Cafe21 and the Lancaster Square mediterranean herb beds are bursting with over 350 plants like thyme, welsh onion and oregano, to be cared for and used by County Refuel. In Week 26, over 50 sunflowers were planted in Bowland Quad by the LUSU offices and they’re looking great!

The EcoHub has also been very busy with a fantastic harvest of spinach and potatoes and the growing of the pumpkin patch amongst all the other produce. The chickens are also doing well and the plants have been readied for their movement to the Faraday Tubs, one of the remaining projects for this year. The east-side roundabout by the underpass is also due for transformation this term so watch out for that! ”

Live Green

Eating Sustainably

551320_698580440152105_66701344_nEating and drinking healthily and sustainably can be a challenge for students. These Green Lancaster recipe ideas are sure to give you tonnes of inspiration from our events across campus.

Recipe Card Autumn 2013: To celebrate Halloween 2013 University head chef Julian Ankers gave students a fabulous demonstration of what you can do with all those pumpkin leftovers.

Recipe Card Winter 2013: We held a Christmas seasonal taster of apple crumble and spiced apple to offer a winter warmer.

Green Week Recipes 2014: To celebrate Green Lancaster Week and meat-free Monday we have prepared some potato recipes for you to enjoy!

Cycling

photo 2We have monthly bike sales in Alexandra Square, along with excellent bike maintenance advice with Dr Bike, information on local cycling routes and information on how to get involved with the Lancaster University Cycling Society.

Action Days

Every Wednesday and Friday between 13:00 – 15:00 students and staff can help with developing many of the projects currently taking place around campus. With so much going on, why not get involved in helping out at the Eco Hub tending to the plants and enjoying pizza from our open air pizza over, or help maintain the Faraday beds and the orchard? If you want to get involved with any of the upcoming events or action days then simply follow this sign up link and fill in your details.

Action Off Campus

Green Lancaster also organises a variety of off campus action days with local environmental organisations. This is a fantastic way to get outdoors and apply your expertise to everything we have to offer, as well as meeting new people and helping the community. Email Kate Jackson to get involved!

Exodus Project

Green Lancaster’s Exodus Project, now in it’s 4th year of operation, allows students to donate unwanted possessions which can then be donated to charities to use or sell to be re-used. Other items can also be recycled. This is so much better than sending perfectly good stuff to landfill!

The Exodus Project gratefully accepts a wide variety of donations from laptops and toasters to leather jackets and literature, as well as household items such as bedding and kitchenware.

Designated collection points will be set up in all colleges towards the end of term three, and full information on what can and can’t be donated is clearly stated at the collection point.

This popular and successful project allows students to re-cycle useful items and help the environment and a wide variety of local charities.

Below is a list of the locations for donating items to the ‘Exodus’ Re-use project:

College Location Period
County Porters Lodge Extended
Bowland Porters Lodge in Bowland Main Standard
Furness Fylde Mail Room Standard
Fylde Fylde Mail Room Standard
Pendle Porters Lodge Standard
Grizedale Porters Lodge Extended
Lonsdale Bin Store 42 Standard
Cartmel Bin Store 50 Standard
Graduate Games Room Standard + September arrangements
Chancellors Wharf  Bags to be issued as with standard collection period and donations to be left in common rooms.
Collection Point Periods of Operation

Standard – Friday 20/6/2014 – Monday 7/7/2014

Extended – Friday 20/6/2014 – Monday 28/7/2014

Clear bags will be made available at all porters lodge areas towards the end of week 9 to enable students to collect and bag up donations for bringing down to the collection points.

 

Think Green

Thanks to the NUS Student Green Fund, Green Lancaster has been able to further its ambitions over the last year. That same ambition is what all our volunteers bring to the projects we create and is the drive behind making campus as sustainable as possible. We continue to develop these ideas with your help, working in the knowledge that even the smallest ideas can have a big impact.

Projects Under Development

You’ll find the campus Eco Hub on Alexandra Park, adjacent to the Lancaster House Hotel. It is a fantastic plot with large areas of growing space, a fruit tree orchard, a polytunnel, a pond, and even its own chicken coup. Students can volunteer to help run the Eco Hub every Wednesday and Friday each week, where the activities are student-led. The space provides an excellent location for students to share innovative green ideas, and there’s nothing quite like enjoying the fruits of your labour by tasting the food and drink made with the produce grown on site!

Edible Campus

Taking up roost in the Eco Hub are 12 ex-battery chickens. We’re always on the look-out for students to help let them out in the morning, check their feeders and water are topped up and put them away in the afternoon, as well as help clean out the coup. One of the great perks is that all volunteers get to keep all any eggs that the chickens have laid!

Our notice board can give you a termly summary of all our actions to date.There are also plans afoot to transform other sites around campus, which you can look at . If you would like transform a piece of campus into a food growing site, please let us know email Darren Axe.

eco-hub location

Love Green

Social Media

The excellent and entertaining weekly Green Lancaster Vlog will keep you abreast of the latest happenings, ensuring that you never miss a thing. Equally, our Pinterest board is packed full of recipes, green tips, and more great information on how to live sustainably on and off campus.