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Sustainability, Veganism and the Students' Union (A student blog)

Calling all food enthusiasts! Sheffield Hallam Students Union invites you to the Vegan Food Fair on Tuesday 24th April from 12pm - 4pm at the HUBS. Pick up lifestyle hints and tips, recipe advice and discover why veganism is the sustainable choice. Urban Choola, New Roots, Humpit and Just Falafs are just some of the Sheffield eateries featuring at the Vegan Food Fair. Hideout bar will also be featuring a local vegan ale and a selection of vegan cocktails for you to enjoy. Come along and sample some healthy and delicious vegan delights. This is also a great opportunity to meet your Vegan and Vegetarian Society.

Many of you don’t know that Sheffield Hallam Student’s Union holds a similar stance on sustainability and has taken steps towards minimising its impact on the environment. In the Hideout there are a wide variety of vegan friendly beers and spirits. As well as a totally vegan breakfast which includes a toasted ciabatta loaf with a bed of spinach, topped with avocado, grilled beef tomato and mushrooms, finished perfectly with tasty red pepper humus, served daily from 9.30am. The Hideout also offers lots of other vegan meals such as The Biryani Bhaji burger, The Neapolitan, a zingy ratatouille, in your choice of a wrap or baguette - both served with a side of fries. Also indulge in vegan friendly Cappuccinos, hot chocolates, chai lattes made with soya milk, and freshly cooked vegan and gluten free pizza served daily in Coffee Union.

The Hideout is also looking to expand its vegan offer so as part of the Vegan Food Fair we will be testing out a rage of new vegan meals. Come and try it and vote for your favourite, as the most popular will be on the menu next year!

SHUSU is also taking big steps towards sustainability. Did you know SHSU has zero landfill waste policy? It uses Veolia Waste Management who recycle glass, plastic, paper and metal products and convert food waste into fertiliser products that are used in the parks and green spaces in Sheffield. All other non-hazardous waste (e.g. refrigerators) is combusted for district heating which reduces landfill waste and is utilised by the SHSU and hazardous waste such as refrigerators are disposed of and recycled as per the appropriate regulations.  They have also made investment into more energy efficient lighting (LED and sensor technology and a heating review with the University of Hallam estates team to make the system more efficient. And want to encourage Sheffield Hallam University to do the same.

The Union has also joined the Last Straw campaign to reduce single non-biodegradable use straws and has introduced biodegradable straw, only giving them out on request in its commercial outlets. Reusable cups and 100% recyclable disposable cups will be introduced into the Coffee Union. And SHSU has engaged with the University's Green Champion network and has started its own group of Green Champions to aid in this work.

Would you like to know more? And how you can get involved?

SHUSU is keen to run courses from the Skills and Development team that are specifically aimed at sustainability as well as host talks and events aimed at fostering changes in sustainable development. Get in touch with you Skills and Development Team at The HUBS for more information and let them know you are interested. Or speak to a member of staff at the Vegan Food Fair on the 24th April. Help us decide what vegan food should be on next year’s menu!

We hope to see you there!