Opportunities

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. 

 

Events

NUS Student Sustainabilty Summit - 8th November 2017 

Our Student Sustainability Summit is NUS' annual flagship event. A wonderful day of amazing speakers, enriching workshops and valuable networking. 

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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. 

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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.  
 

Grants

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

Groundwork's Young Community Leader of the Year

In villages, towns and cities across the UK people are coming together to do extraordinary things. Community groups are working selflessly and tirelessly to improve their neighbourhoods or to preserve vital facilities or services.  Thanks to their efforts our parks and open spaces are better looked after, libraries and heritage centres are being kept open, food banks and furniture projects are helping people meet their basic needs and communities are blazing a trail in recycling and renewable energy. Groundwork’s Community Awards will honour those small groups and individual community leaders making a big difference to our quality of life. Nominations are now open – including the category of Young Community Leader of the Year – and involve just a short description (500 words) of the person and project they coordinate.

Deadline for nominations: 25th August 2017, with an awards ceremony scheduled for November.

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. 

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.

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