Environmental Policy 16/17

Posted by on 9 Feb 2017 in Sustainability

Edinburgh University Sailing Club (EUSC) has committed to reducing the environmental impact of its activities. As such, this policy statement will set out the commitments that the club has made in the academic year 2016/17 to fulfill this objective.

1. Publicity

EUSC will commit to raising awareness of sustainability issues in sailing to club members and attendees of club events, particularly through social media and the club’s website.

2. Fuel Consumption

EUSC will commit to reducing its fuel consumption by making RIB users aware of the environmental impact of driving powerboats at excessive speeds.

3. Fuel Spillage

EUSC will reduce the risk of fuel spillage by ensuring that all refueling of powerboats is done using a funnel. In case of fuel spillages, EUSC will ensure that spill kits are always on hand, both at training and at race events that the club is hosting.

4. Reusable Water Bottles

EUSC will commit to the reduction of waste by encouraging the use of reusable water bottles at training sessions, fitness sessions and race events. EUSC will not provide single use water bottles at race events and will encourage competitors to bring their own reusable bottles.

5. Clean, Check, Dry

EUSC will promote the Clean, Check, Dry system to its members, particularly through social media. EUSC will implement a Clean, Check, Dry system at race events to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species and will ensure that EUSC boats are washed before and after being transported between and used at different inland venues.

6. Saving Water

EUSC will commit to reducing the wastage of water, particularly when implementing the Clean, Check, Dry system, by using hoses with trigger nozzles.

7. Recycling 

EUSC will commit to promoting recycling at socials, training sessions and race events that the club is hosting through raising awareness of the importance of recycling, particularly via social media and the club’s website, and providing recycling facilities at events hosted by the club.

8. Review

EUSC will revisit and review this policy annually in order to check progress and evaluate whether improvements can be made.

 

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Top Tips for Sustainable Boating

Posted by on 7 Feb 2017 in Sustainability

As part of our participation in The Green Blue Sustainability Challenge, we have outlined 5 top tips for sustainable boating! You can follow these tips to join us in trying to protect the areas where we sail.

  1. Use reusable water bottles in order to reduce waste and prevent littering. We use reusable water bottles at all of our training and race sessions and make sure that we’ve tied them to the boats to stop them falling out in the event of any hairy capsize moments.
  2. Clean, Check and Dry all of your kit and your boats before and after sailing at a different venue. At EUSC we abide by the Clean, Check, Dry system whenever we travel to sailing events or transport boats between lakes in order to prevent the spread of invasive, non-native species.
  3. Save fuel by driving not driving at excessive speeds in the powerboats. Driving at slower speeds will not only help to conserve fuel (and money), but will also reduce the disturbance for local wildlife.
  4. Use a funnel or safety fill nozzle to prevent spillages when refueling RIBs. In case of spills, make sure that you have a spill kit handy and that all RIB users how to use it.
  5. When cleaning your boat or kit, make sure that you’re using environmentally friendly cleaners. We know your wetsuits can get pretty toxic but that doesn’t mean that the cleaners that you use have to be too!
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Sustainability and EUSC

Posted by on 13 Oct 2016 in News, Sustainability

At EUSC we love where we sail and so in order to do our bit to protect it, this year we will be taking part in The Green Blue Sustainability Challenge! Sailing can be detrimental to the environment through spreading non-native species, the impact of litter (for example when you capsize and lose your favourite water bottle!), fuel spillages, and through creating unnecessary waste. As part of this challenge, we aim to reduce our environmental impact, and also help to spread the word about how you can do the same.

About the Challenge

Set up in 2005 by the RYA and British Marine, The Green Blue aims to promote sustainable boating and watersports for all water users. By teaming up with the British University Sailing Association, it has created a challenge which helps university sailing clubs to implement sustainable practices into their club activities. There are 21 university clubs entered in the challenge, but we plan on being the best!

We can’t wait to get involved, and will be undertaking some of the following actions in order to ensure that our sailing is as sustainable as possible:

  • Tackling littering and reducing our own waste at sailing sessions and events by using reusable water bottles and cutlery and recycling
  • Promoting the Clean, Check, Dry process to prevent the cross-contamination of invasive non-native species via boats and kit
  • Tackling oil spills by ensuring that spill kits and instructions on how to use them are available at our sessions
  • Promoting general awareness of sustainability in sailing through our website, social media and sustainability resources at the club.

For more information on the challenge and how you can do your bit to promote sustainability in watersports, see The Green Blue’s website: http://thegreenblue.org.uk.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page for updates, tips and all the club’s sustainability gossip!

Rebekka Thomas and Alex Elliott

(Sustainability Officers)

 

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