DSU and DMU win national sustainability award

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De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) and De Montfort University (DMU) have won a national award for our commitment to sustainability.

Responsible Futures, run by the National Union of Students (NUS), is an accreditation awarded to universities that show a commitment to embedding sustainability and social responsibility across campus.

NUS' aim is to see students leave education with the knowledge and skills required to critically challenge the world around them and have a willingness to tackle environmental, economic and social inequalities.

DMU and DSU have demonstrated their responsibility to make vital environmental changes throughout campus and are one of just 14 institutions who have successfully achieved the accreditation.

DSU and DMU have worked tirelessly to ensure campus strives to be as sustainable as possible. 

Gladys Wakatama, Executive Support and chair of DSU’s Sustainability Group said: “It is a great opportunity for us all to be more accountable for our actions.

She added: “This accreditation allows us as a Union and University to proudly continue the work we have started. I believe it is highly important that we keep the ball rolling to engage not only the students and staff involved in the audit but those who may lack the knowledge to make responsible choices.”

DMU and DSU have been recognised thanks to projects within the local community, such as #DMULocal, learning about sustainability within the classroom and transforming campus to be greener.

Charlotte Lingham, Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner and a final year student at DMU said: “Everyone at DMU and DSU has put so much work into making the campus as sustainable as possible; including educating students both formally and informally on how to live sustainably.

She added: “Gaining the Responsible Futures accreditation just goes to show the success of these efforts. They have truly paid off.”

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