NUS Student Eats Conference and Sustainability Summit

As part of my role as Environment and Ethics Officer in the Leadership Team, FXU recently kindly sent me to attend the NUS Student Eats Conference and NUS Student Sustainability Summit at Coventry University.

This was a fantastic opportunity for networking and sharing experiences from University campuses across the country.

On the first day at the Student Eats Conference, the panel discussion, “Making the world a better place through food” was my personal highlight of day one at NUS Student Eats Conference (apart from perhaps the vegan cupcakes!)

We have one of our own projects – Penryn Produce – funded by NUS Student Eats here on campus, ready to launch in Spring term! Like them on Facebook here

On the second day, at the NUS Student Sustainability Summit, over 150 other students and student union representatives attended. There were talks from Food Drop, an app set up by students from Bath University as part of the solution to the intertwined issues of food waste and food poverty, as well as Esha Marwaha who spoke of her successful campaign to stop the eradication of climate change on the curriculum for those under 14-years-old.

One of the workshops was about turning surplus food waste into profit, including a talk from the people at Toast Ale, who turn surplus loaf ends from a sandwich factory into beer! My favourite workshop of the day was Tackling Coffee Cups on Campus, with some inspiring students doing great things at both Sheffield and Winchester University.

72 hours later, with a lengthy total of 20 hours travel and commute by trains, I arrived back into a windy Falmouth, inspired to drive forwards with the invaluable knowledge and ideas I gained!

Abbie Banner