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Inspiration and action at Earth Optimism Summit

25 April 2017

Hundreds of people queued throughout the day on Saturday 22 April at the David Attenborough Building to get a glimpse of their heroes and to hear them speak. These heroes were not celebrities as you might expect but conservationists and on this day, Earth Day, they delivered the message at the Earth Optimism Summit ( #...

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Green Impact - what has been achieved in the Colleges

25 April 2017

Last week was the closing date for Green Impact, the University’s sustainability accreditation and awards scheme. Around 40 teams of staff and students from across the University got involved in improving the environmental performance of their places of work and study. Colleges were well represented and in this article we...

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POLIS goes batty for bees

25 April 2017

As part of their ongoing Green Impact work, the Department of Politics and International Studies has taken a number of measures to ‘bee’ more biodiverse. The team have used posters in kitchens and staff social areas to promote the importance of planting bee friendly flowers, and have practised what they preached by placing...

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Which is the University's fittest workplace?

25 April 2017

This week you may witness scenes reminiscent of the Olympics as 21 workplaces across the University take on the challenge to see which is the most active. The Challengers Environment and Energy Greenwich House Building management Business Improvement Group Obstetrics and Gynaecology Careers service Plant Sciences John Van...

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Spotlight on Travel month - what happened?

25 April 2017

Throughout April the Environment and Energy section travelled across the operational estate to raise awareness of sustainable travel options for staff. We met with hundreds of staff at Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the Sidgwick site and West Cambridge site, and we discussed the many ways that the University can support...

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National Walking Month - #try20 campaign

25 April 2017

The walking charity Living Streets are encouraging the nation to take to their feet throughout May and pledge to walk for 20 minutes each day. A daily 20 minute walk can prevent a sedentary lifestyle, boost your mood and improve heart health and blood pressure. There are a number of ways that you can try to meet the #Try20...

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Turning the spotlight on travel throughout April

28 March 2017

‘Spotlight on’ months allow the University to raise awareness of sustainability issues over an entire month and our recent Spotlight on Sustainable Food month was a great success and has led to change in many parts of the University . Next month we hope to replicate this success, this time in the area of travel. Travel is...

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Which University workplace is the most active?

28 March 2017

This is the question we will be asking during the Workplace Travel Challenge , a challenge taking place across the University between the 24 and 29 April . Teams of up to ten staff can register for the challenge and log the distances they make by active travel i.e. walking, cycling, rollerblading or cartwheeling; a large...

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The business of ‘business travel’

28 March 2017

Many of us do not travel just to and from work, we also travel as part of our work, either within the city or further afield. Business travel, be it for research or other work, is a part of University life but it is not without its environmental impact. Of all travel modes, domestic flights are by the far the most carbon...

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Out with the old, in with the new

28 March 2017

In August 2016 the Environment and Energy section launched an Equipment Replacement Programme, which provides funding for the replacement of old ultra-low temperature freezers with new, energy efficient models. The scheme has already proven to be a great success, with forty applications from across the University estate to...

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