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Sustainability Snapshots

Our stories

Get to know the staff and students making changes for sustainability at York St John. Read their inspiring stories and then share your own.

Polaroid style photos of students and staff.

Sustainability snapshots

Sue, PASS Administrator

I'm committed to saving energy and try to make sure PCs, monitors, photocopiers and lights in our office and around campus are switched off when not in use.


Monica, Product Design BA

I won an award for my sustainable coffee brewing design to cut coffee pod waste.

Paul, Head of Commercial Strategy

I signed up local suppliers like York Coffee Emporium and VFC to our food outlets on campus.

Martin, Gardener

I show staff and students how to grow food on campus as part of Wild Wednesdays, a group that meets to grow edible plants, helping to tackle food security whilst supporting biodiversity.

Pax, Environment and Social Justice MA

I set up the Climate Action Society for students to help raise awareness about environmental issues.

Clare, Senior Lecturer

I research air quality and turned my bicycle into a monitoring station to collect data.

Wendy, Fine Art BA

I created a banquet art exhibition in Fine Art to raise awareness about food sustainability issues.

Amy, English Language and Linguistics BA

I'm the Living Lab's Community Gardening Volunteer Coordinator, encouraging students to get involved in growing food on campus.

Clare, PASS Advisor

I collect hard to recycle items like pens, crisp packets and biscuit wrappers from our office and take them to St Nicks in York for recycling.

Amy, Amy, David and Tom, Communications Team

We commute to work by bike.

Carly, Estates Projects and Programme Manager

I sourced sustainable furniture for the fit out of a new area of the London campus, helping to achieve a Ska Gold certificate for sustainability.

Jack, Outreach and Partnerships Officer

I have redesigned our outreach activities to to reduce printing, and use more sustainable methods of travel.

Hayden, Psychology with Child Development BSc

I manage the Garden Cafe, a student-led pop-up cafe, bringing home-made sustainable food to our York campus.

Jenny, Senior Lecturer

I lead the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative for York Business School, which aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to advance sustainable development.

Helen, Senior Lecturer

I reduce the environmental impact of my clothes by wearing items that are thrifted, hand made or owned for more than 3 years.

Robyn, Biomedical Science BSc

I volunteer at the local Groves Repair Cafe, fixing items so they can be reused instead of thrown away.

Megan, International Tourism and Hospitality Management BA

I worked as an intern in York Business School researching how sustainability is taught across the school.

Vicki, Project Manager and Researcher

I am researching climate action in the community with Sustainable Tadcaster.