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How you can get involved

Students and staff can all get involved in Marjon Zero.

Bee keeper checking in on the bees on campus

Students

At Marjon, we believe we have a commitment to achieving a sustainable campus for you to learn and live. Plymouth Marjon University wishes to educate and be an example of how you can live sustainably (e.g. GSHP heating in accommodation) and eat sustainably (e.g. vegan cooking lessons). We wish to prepare you for your life after Marjon, with an increasing number of careers with sustainability embedded. We wish to help you understand broader sustainability issues on both a local and global scale and invite you to get involved and have your say on sustainability at Marjon. Ambition, Curiosity, humanity and independence are our values, and we wish for you to be an active member of the university in helping realise Marjons’ sustainability ambitions.

How to get involved:

Sustainability Champions:
Email eedwards@marjon.ac.uk in order to become part of Marjons Sustainability Champions Group. The group meets monthly to discuss sustainability at the University, and up and coming projects you can take part in, and give you an opportunity to raise any ideas you may have. This is open to both staff and students.

Annual Climate Conference
Each year Marjon University puts on a Climate Conference whereby you will hear talks from internal and external speakers focused around sustainability. There is also an afternoon workshop session and an opportunity to taste and even cook a plant-based meal. These are a great opportunity to learn more about sustainability and get your opinions and ideas heard during the workshop sessions.

Become a Change Maker
You can become a Change Maker student. Each Change Maker student is employed by the university and has an individual task to improve student experiences at Marjon. Each student is given 50 hours paid work to research, plan and deliver their projects. Each student is supported by volunteer staff members. Each project was student led, with a focus on developing critical thinking, engaging in two-way learning with their staff volunteers and working towards the values of the university.

Carbon Literacy Training
Marjon University is starting to roll out carbon literacy training for students and staff through 2022-23. This is being run through The Carbon Literacy Project whereby one of our PhD students will be doing the training course, then training others at Marjon. Carbon literacy training gives you an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.

Beekeeping Sessions
Every week, Marjon has an opportunity for both staff and students to take part in beekeeping sessions on campus. Pollenize, who Marjon has partnered with to have the research beehives on campus. This gives you an opportunity to learn more about our native been and who to take care of them.

Environmental Society
As a student you can join our Environmental Society Group. To join please email the president of the group Elena at e@pgr.marjon.ac.uk. “We're an environmentally minded group of students and staff, who aim to get outdoors and make improvements to Marjon's campus. We do litter picks and work closely alongside Marjon Sustainability to help with campus clearing activities, as well as with the hedgehog friendly initiative. We also promote eco-friendly and sustainable ways of living on campus, for example liaising with Marjon Sustainability and Estates teams to make suggestions about improvements we think could be made to the campus.”

Marjon Zero News Updates
Throughout the year we will be posting regularly about any sustainability improvements and projects of which you can volunteer to assist with e.g. hedgehog home building. This will be done through newsletter posts on My Marjon and Antler, as well as on the MarjonZero Webpage.

Staff

At Marjon we wish to demonstrate our commitment to embedding sustainability across the University and help embed sustainability into our curriculums. Your positive contribution to realising this goal and shaping activities and outcomes is important and welcomed. We wish for Marjon to be a healthy and sustainable place to be and work.

How to get involved:

Sustainability Champions
Email eedwards@marjon.ac.uk in order to become part of Marjons Sustainability Champions Group. The group meets monthly to discuss sustainability at the University, and up and coming projects you can take part in, and give you an opportunity to raise any ideas you may have. This is open to both staff and students.

Annual Climate Conference
Each year Marjon University puts on a Climate Conference whereby you will hear talks from internal and external speakers focused around sustainability. There is also an afternoon workshop session and an opportunity to taste and even cook a plant-based meal. These are a great opportunity to learn more about sustainability and get your opinions and ideas heard during the workshop sessions.

Carbon Literacy Training
Marjon University is starting to roll out carbon literacy training for students and staff through 2022-23. This is being run through The Carbon Literacy Project whereby one of our PhD students will be doing the training course, then training others at Marjon. Carbon literacy training gives you an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.

SCION Group
Marjon hosts events and Academy Lectures throughout the year run by our SCION group (Sustainability, Creativity & Innovation) of which you can join. Our SCION group also has a research and knowledge exchange group which hosts presentations on research and knowledge exchange of some of its members and offering opportunities for colleagues across the university to network and make connections around sustainability, creativity and innovation. You can be kept up to date with these conferences and opportunities to get involved in SCION through their frequent newsletter.

Beekeeping sessions
Every week, Marjon has an opportunity for both staff and students to take part in beekeeping sessions on campus. Pollenize, who Marjon has partnered with to have the research beehives on campus. This gives you an opportunity to learn more about our native been and who to take care of them.

Marjon Zero News Upodates
Throughout the year we will be posting regularly about any sustainability improvements and projects of which you can volunteer to assist with e.g. hedgehog home building. This will be done through newsletter posts on My Marjon and Antler, as well as on the MarjonZero Webpage.