Here you'll find information about events, grants and opportunities relating to sustainability. Expand your understanding, knowledge and skills; start a project; connect with inspiring folk wanting to change the world! Get involved, basically. 



NUS Student Sustainabilty Summit - 8th November 2017 

Our Student Sustainability Summit is NUS' annual flagship event. More details will follow - but save the date for a wonderful day of amazing speakers, enriching workshops and valuable networking! 

NUS Student Eats Conference - 7th November 2017 

Come and learn about - or deepen your skills in relation to - sustainable food growing, and sustainable food enterprises. Meet others who are far along their journey, or those just starting out, hear from the experts and upskill in workshops. More information to follow - save the date!

NUS Green Impact @ 10 parliamentary reception - 27th November 2017 

This celebration of our UNESCO award-winning sustainablilty behaviour change programme, Green Impact, will take place in the Houses of Parliament, with some of our biggest supporters. It's invite-only, but if you have participated in Green Impact, and would like to attend, do send us an email.  

Community Energy London: powering forward - 28th June 2017

This event is open to anyone with involvement or interest in community energy. It will be an opportunity to learn about the state of the community energy sector in London, upcoming plans, and about some exciting projects that are underway. There will then be a breakout session with workshops on different community energy-related topics, including how to start your own project, building successful partnerships and new and emerging business models.

Power Shift: training for change 2017 (People and Planet) - 5 - 9 July 2017

"Power Shift is a 5 day training camp that will bring together some of the most inspiring organisers in the UK. We hope to leave you powered up and charged to fight xenophobia, neoliberalism and climate injustice. The right has gained considerable power over the last few years, and we’re running out of time to shift away from rule by elite power, towards justice. Join us this Summer to help create a power shift from a politics of division and persecution to a politics of solidarity."


Student Eats - start-up costs for food enterprises

This NUS programme is open for applications for £1000 start-up costs and mentoring for new student-led social enterprises focussed on sustainable food. You can apply in the food co-op and food preserving enterprise categories until 23rd June, and there’s an open category, too!

The Environment Now - digital innovation to solve environmental problems

National Youth Agency in partnership with O2 Think Big are launching an exciting programme aimed at 17-24 year olds in the UK. The Environment Now will fund young people up to £10,000 to use digital technology to find innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues.


Other opportunities

The Environmental Rejuvenation: The Greater Goods Award

The planet’s resources are being diminished at an alarming rate – with the UK consuming more than 3 times as much stuff each year than the planet can sustain. Forget every little helps. We need massive changes to the amount of stuff we consume. Only an end to our throwaway society will do. We need to move from buying too much stuff and then burying or burning it a few weeks later. Treasuring what we do buy for a long time, and avoiding buying new stuff whenever possible by sharing, repurposing and mending can save the day.

This award is for the young people who have begun to transform the way that they and others consume stuff. Global Action Plan will work with the award winner to create a specific learning experience and opportunity that will further develop their ability to contribute to saving the planet. Nominations open now! Explore the websites for other sustainability-related awards, too. 

Canal and River Trust National Advisory Group

The Canal and River Trust's Youth Engagement Advisory Group (YEAG) helps them to understand more fully the wider context of engaging young people. This enables them to plan and deliver effective, innovative programmes, which match the ambitions and aspirations in line with their Youth Engagement Strategy. The group typically meets three to four times a year in London. They are now looking for new members to join the group aged between 16 and 24 years old, increasing the capacity of the current advisory group and increasing the young person’s perspective within the group.

Deadline: 21st July 2017

Voluntary environmental workcamp in Spain - 17th July - 31st July 2017

Fountains of the Huerva River aims to empower youth and cooperate with the local community. Volunteers will be working in the promotion and conservation of the natural and cultural heritage associated with water resources.

Groundwork Youth is recruiting!

Do you want to use your voice and have your opinions heard? Are you a leader in your own right? Do you want to run inspiring online and offline campaigns and meet like-minded passionate young people ready to take action in their communities? Groundwork Youth is a platform to galvanise 16 – 24 year olds to take action in their local environment, providing you with opportunities and experiences to develop your leadership potential, connecting you with like-minded people who want to make a difference in their communities. They are inviting you to join their Youth Network as one of 100 Young Green Ambassadors or one of 12 Youth Advisory Board Members and help drive forward a national campaign and programme of activities, with full training and support provided by Groundwork Youth.

Deadline: 5th July 2017

The Documentary Film Makers' Cooperative is seeking contributors

This cooperative is building up a new multi-media project called I’m on the Wild Side, for young people, on urban nature. They are seeking content (photos, reflections, a blog, or diary entryetc.) about nature to collate people's stories and experiences on their website. The I’m on the Wild Side project, when fully running, will offer free workshops for young people in making nature report documentary videos.

vInspired Eco Talent Project 

Environmental training and volunteering programme for young people (16 to 25) - gain skills, experience and be part of an exciting social action project. All expenses paid!

UK Youth Climate Coalition 

There are some excellent and varied opportunities here. The UK Youth Climate Coalition is one of the most exciting, innovative, energised and passionate organisations campaigning on climate change in the UK and around the world. They are an organisation entirely made of young people (18-29) based in the UK who volunteer their time to fight climate change issues.

Student placements with NUS's sustainability department

We offer student placements within the sustainability department for students who can complete research and/or work placements for credit as a part of their course. During a placement, a student is responsible for one main project. Students work alongside and liaise with other members of the team, whilst receiving regular support and supervision as you scope, research, plan and undertake a specific piece of work. Here are the projects available, and the application form