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YUSU Elections 2016: Environment and Ethics Officer(s) – Norb and Ella (NorbElla)


Details about the candidates: 

They are Norb and Ella and together they are NorbElla, or the ‘green dream team.’
Norb is in Derwent College, studies Politics with International Relations, is a member of the Green Party and chess society, social secretary of Politics Society and Press and publicity officer for UNA.
Ella is in James College, studies Environmental Geography, part of EnviroSoc, Sofrball and Boxing.

Why do you think you are the candidate for the role?
We’re both passionate about the environment, evident in our degree choices and society membership (Norb is particularly interested in Green politics). We have worked a lot on environmental initiatives in the past (you can read about these at the bottom of our manifesto). This is both why we ran, and why we think we’d be the best candidates.
Moreover, we really want to deliver on our policies and we think that Norb’s experience with YUSU (as a committee member of two societies, and course rep for two consecutive years) will really help us push for substantive change.

What are your main policies?
A cleaner, greener university
– A ‘Bikes 4 Hire’ scheme where students could borrow bikes using their university cards to use between campuses and to Kings manor. This would promote both sustainable transport and a healthy, active lifestyle.
– Ensure the University’s buildings are up to the highest environmental standards.
– More pot plants in working spaces for a more productive and healthy work environment
– Promote biodiversity, especially on Hes East, by planting tress and cultivating wildlife
– Maintain the recycling record of the University
Encourage re-use of water bottles – by more refill stations and moving to not sell disposable bottles on campus

Energy consumption
– Promote energy saving practices – inter-block/college energy saving competitions, use of energy saving lightbulbs and automatic lighting where aren’t present, better and more economical use of temperature regulation in buildings
– Reduce the University’s carbon foot print – ensure use sustainable and ethical energy providers, press the university to implement and utilise sustainable energy resources

– Host farmer’s markets on both campuses
– Greater choice of food from campus food outlets and vending machines – more healthy & ethical vending machines, push for wider range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options from catering outlets on campus
– Reduce food waste – encourage use of ‘doggy bags,’ encourage eco-friendly disposal (maybe partnership with a local farm to convert left owners to fertilizer or biogas)
Networks, cooperation and inclusivity

They did not comment on their who they might be endorsing for YUSU President.