Partner Organisations

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National Union of Students, Student Switch-Off Campaign, Going Greener Campaign, Green Impact Universities and Colleges

Funded by

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DEFRA’s Greener Living Fund

Year

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2009 – 2011

Location

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20 Universities across England

Brief

Degrees Cooler is made up of three interrelated behaviour change projects which promote sustainable living to students, staff and the wider community:

  • Student Switch-Off is a not-for-profit campaign to encourage students to save energy in halls of residence, using a range of events and prizes as incentives to take part and to promote energy saving through peer-to-peer communication.
  • The Going Greener campaign is run by People & Planet groups in universities. It brings staff and students together to develop and implement a community response to the twin challenges of climate change and energy security.
  • Green Impact aims to encourage, reward and celebrate practical environmental improvements in university departments. It is an environmental accreditation scheme designed to empower individuals and departments to reduce their environmental impact.

Each of these three projects has been making impressive progress across the four behaviours that the programme aims to positively impact on:

  • Saving energy
  • Recycling more
  • Eating local sustainable food
  • Reducing flying

LSx coordinated the monitoring and evaluation of the project, working alongside the NUS and project partners to measure and analyse the impact of the programme in delivering behavioural change.

Achievement

81,204 students reached by Student Switch-Off
>1,800 tonnes of CO2 saved by Student Switch-Off
22,256 staff reached by Green Impact
10,620 greening actions completed through Green Impact
20 graduates employed as Greener Living Assistants
Up to 15% positive behaviour increase between baseline and follow-up surveys

Testimonial

Measuring environmental behaviour change is notoriously difficult. But LSX really know their stuff. Their support to Degrees Cooler has been invaluable in helping us to robustly show the impacts of our work so far.

Jamie Agombar, Ethical and Environmental Manager, NUS