Sustainability Campaigns

The Student Union is an active supporter of many ethical and environmental initiatives beyond the activity we directly organise.

You can find out further information about some of those campaigns that we support below!


Fairtrade Fortnight

Each year for two weeks over February and March, Fairtrade puts a spotlight on trade through our Fairtrade Fortnight campaign. Together with the Fairtrade farmers and workers, and campaigners up and down the country, we highlight the difference fair trade can make to lives and communities.

At the Students' Union we educate students on just what Fairtrade is and highlight the numerous items and products we sell and make use of that are Fairtrade!

You can find out more about the campaign by visiting the Fairtrade Fortnight Website.


Snap It Off

Snap It Off is an NUS campaign that arose from student concerns regarding the amount of energy being wasted on university campuses, for example exterior lights on during bright sunny days.

The campaign encourages students to take photos of any such waste and post them to the campaign website. 

NUS via students' unions then look to ensure that their respective institutions resolve the issue. 

You can find out more about the campaign or begin submitting your own photos by visiting the Snap It Off Website


Student Switch Off

The Student Switch Off is a not-for-profit campaign that encourages students to save energy when living in University halls of residence

It coordinates energy-saving and recycling competitions within halls of residence at Universities in the UK, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Italy, Bulgaria, Ireland and Lithuania and including our  very own here in Northampton!

If you live in Halls at the University of Northampton you'll find out more about how you can get involved during Freshers Fortnight, but for an overview of the initiative check out their video below or visit the Student Switch Off Website



Earth Hour

Starting as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature.

It encourages everyone to switch off their electricity at 8:30pm on the 30th March in solidarity with global efforts to secure nature and halt climate change.

For the past 3 years the Students' Union has encouraged students to take part in the event and in 2018 the Students' Union succesfully lobbied the University to switch off all electricity to buildings not in use. 

You can find out more about Earth Hour by visiting the Earth Hour Website and you can check out a small selection of this year's tweets below!