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Interview with the Chairman of the Union Sustainability Board

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Clearly, the college does not truly guide the world in its internal sustainability policies. I sat down with Sam Lee, Vice President of Finance and Services and Chair of the Services and Sustainability Board, to discuss how Union is moving to change the college and what its power is.

Q:

What is SSB and what is your role in it?

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. SSB stands for Services and Sustainability Board, I am its chairman. The Council of the Union is one of the 5 sub-committees. Every trustee has a subcommittee in the union and the SSB is mine so I lead it. It consists of two sub-committees, the Sustainability Committee and the Events and Venues Committee. I see this as an important discussion to maintain in the union, as one should always consider the other. Although there are divisions – only those selected for sustainability-focused roles can vote on sustainability issues. Its members include an ethics and environmental officer, a local sock president, and so on. We have some bar staff at the facilities, a representative of Drumsok. Together, these representatives will work together in a sustainable but effective way.

Q:

. What is the distance of the board in the area?

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. As one of the articles in the law as DFFS, my role is to focus on the sustainability of the union and to persuade the college. We try to encourage the college to work better both internally and in associations with other companies

Q:

. Do you have some examples of how to run a college?

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. As a subcommittee of the House of Commons, any member shall prepare a paper and present it to the House for a vote. If approved, I and other union members may be required to take certain actions or lobbies on certain issues. An example of this is the collaboration with TooGoodToGo, an anti-food waste company that allows students and staff to buy food at a discount. At the moment we do not fully understand the college’s waste disposal program, including sending the college to a food waste disposal facility, so this is something we need to hear more about.

Q:

. Can the college abolish SSB with anything?

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. SSB It is located in the union, not in the college, which means that the college is technically SSB. He must not do what he asks. SSB Only lobby or advice can be given. However, as representatives who continue to interact well with college staff, we hope that they will make changes where they can, recognizing that this is in the interest of students. Despite the pressure from the union, there are clear issues that the college will not ignore.

Q:

. Many students are unhappy with the union’s use of plastics, cups, cutters, etc. in the college, which is greatly exacerbated by CVD. Does SSB plan to improve its footprint here?

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. Considering the huge amount of food and drink he bought, we looked forward to receiving the week. I spoke to the director of places and the director of finance and resources and we agreed that all garbage will be made of wood rather than plastic. This is already effective and the union will no longer buy plastic cutters, but there are some pieces of plastic that were purchased before the decision was made. By the end of the week, the space team was commissioned to come up with a comprehensive solution for single use plastics, which now appears to come in reusable plastic form that can sometimes be used. Where we cannot serve in a mirror. Many returnees are aware that this will happen at 568 in a given period of time, and glass use can be particularly harmful to students who are intoxicated. These can be washed and reused or removed from the company regularly, cleaned and returned at a very reasonable fee. The exact schedule has not yet been determined. We have the capacity to implement these plans in line with the EU’s new funding model recently.

Q:

. Where does food waste go from the union now?

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. Since it was mostly snow, food waste is now very low. Waste food, such as unfinished dishes, is wasted according to the college’s extensive biodegradation program. Excess food breaks down into anaerobic bioactors and uses the energy released to generate electricity, which in turn strengthens the college.

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. For example, is the use of “green” options where decisions are made on sawmills? I know, for example, that it is often more energy efficient and requires a lot more water to produce from sawmills compared to plastic cutters. Is there an information-based approach to making these decisions, or is it simply a matter of feeling right now?

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. It’s really smart now, but that’s something we want to avoid. Our return plans in the Union include the development of our delegation, including the hiring of a policy officer and a campaign officer. This will set up a lobby group that will further study such decisions, which can be used to improve the lobby both in the union and in the college. As a STEM institution, we must base these decisions on information. People like me, who are not experts on these issues today, are the main drivers of these policy changes. We want to make the most of our professional volunteers to make more informed decisions in the future.

Q:

. At the practical level, one might think that people like the president of a local community would be more imaginative than many, and that they would not have much industry experience. I don’t know if this is the case, and the president of Ivsk may be a very practical person, but I wonder if the general situation of people in the same position is not this way. Do you think that the mere inclusion of these people is still unreasonable and would shake the Union lobby in one direction to stop the college from listening?

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. The location of the SSB on that scale changes from year to year. The discussion takes place between SSB and the College, mediated by Officer Trustees. It is the job of the OT to implement SSB requests and format them in a way that allows the college to listen. People selected from environmental roles do not have direct contact with the college in terms of environmental mobilization. I think the current situation requires more imagination. Imperial College does not have a full-time full-time staff member in the industry, although they are recruited. The head of the Sustainability Advisory Board is also a chemistry teacher. The college should take this more seriously. We are moving forward with some research in the field of sustainability and the fact that we are far behind in our industry is not good.

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. Considering what they have just said when comparing their courses with their internal actions, do they say that the current position of the college is hypocritical?

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. Honestly, it happens that way, and I don’t think anyone can see it differently. But if you are producing these people, there is a problem if you do not use them. Using people who have graduated from these courses as professionals, the change in the college will be acceptable to everyone, I believe.

Q:

. How can students participate in the sustainability of the union?

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. Get Involved in Union Ethics and Local Network – You’ll be at the Fresher Show where you can join mailing lists. SSB Paper can be a little daunting, but if you think there is a real problem that needs to be solved in a union or college, I would like to have a discussion with you, and we will start producing council paper. It will make a real difference. Join the local community, talk to an ethics and environmental officer, join Vek Sock if you feel like it, and many other options will help you expand your influence in helping climate change. With more people participating, we have a big mission to change the way the college works.

TL; Dr.

SSB is the only recruitment team, but it is the most powerful lobby team students who influence the college. Sam is chairing this year and changes are taking place in the union from time to time. Single-use plastics are basically out of the door and the association is going the extra mile in most cases to reduce waste space and make students happy. Decisions on sustainability are largely based on the present, but this will change in the future, and decisions will be based on information. The college already has a strong system in the form of bioreactors that convert food waste into electricity, but this is a gem in a very boring crown. Big plans for the future include collaborating with TooGoodToGo, which can allow students and staff to buy food near the day they sell at affordable prices.

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