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Take care of your plant – take care of your planet

(30 March 2017)

Colleagues in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC) who engage with the 10,000 Actions programme have been receiving a free plant to improve their working environment and contribute to a greener Samuel Alexander Building. 

SALC’s Green Impact Team, Greenersamalex, were recently successful in gaining a Green Impact Micro Grant of £125 from the National Union of Students, which they have used to purchase Aloe Vera Plants. The plants are providing an incentive for colleagues to engage with the University and School’s sustainability agenda and to enhance the quality of their work-space. 

SALC colleagues who completed the 10,000 Actions programme and endorse the greener Sam Alex sustainability agenda have the opportunity to receive an Aloe Vera plant, as part of the ‘Take care of your plant – take care of your planet initiative’. 

Dr Georg Christ, a member of the Greenersamalex team, said: "A fragile plant serves as a reminder of the fragile planet out there. Taking care of the plant will remind us of our duty of stewardship to take care of the planet by reducing our negative impact, consumption, carbon footprint.”

The idea has proved popular, with many people completing their actions and requesting a plant, demonstrating how such a simple idea, which requires little funding, can inspire people to join in with promoting environmental sustainability. Aloe Vera plants were specifically chosen as they can be grown in number by colleagues simply sharing grafts of their plants.