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University of Cambridge picks up dual Green Gowns awards honour!

4 December 2017

The University of Cambridge won not one, but two awards at the prestigious ‘ Green Gown’ Awards , which celebrate sustainability successes across the sector, and were held on Wednesday 15th November. Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the 2017 ceremony was hosted by the...

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What’s in your bin? Our bin-busting found out!

4 December 2017

Did you wander past the Sidgwick site on 31 October and wonder why there was a team of people in hazmat suits rifling through rubbish? We can explain that… Most of us think that we know our stuff when it comes to throwing away our waste at home: there are few now who don’t carefully separate their waste and ensure that...

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Waste quiz answers and interesting waste facts

1 December 2017

In November we ran a waste quiz which was completed by over 100 staff and students! We are very happy to announce that the randomly-drawn winners out of all the quiz participants are E.D Chan of the Sanger Institute and Claire Nellany of the Academic Division, both win Fairtrade wine and chocolates. You can still complete...

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Spotlight on Waste month – a University roundup

1 December 2017

Throughout the month of November our focus has been firmly on waste; how we can reduce the amount we produce and how we can better manage the waste that we cannot avoid. This is a big issue for us all; in 2015-16 around 2,500 tonnes of waste from the University was sent to landfill - equivalent to the weight of the London...

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Leading the way – sustainable student societies part 2

26 October 2017

In the September edition of Greenlines we profiled a number of student societies who are working to make the world a better place in every respect. Getting involved in these societies will give you a chance to develop your skills and to meet like-minded people. Student Community Action (SCA) Student Community Action...

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Students! Turn the 'Spotlight on Waste' this November

26 October 2017

When we talk about protecting the environment from the harmful effects of waste disposal, most people think that sending waste to landfill is the problem, and recycling our waste is the solution. However, in the waste hierarchy , recycling is actually not the most preferred action. Effective waste management for...

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Turning a ‘Spotlight on Waste’ in the University this November

26 October 2017

In 2015-16 the University disposed of 3,385 tonnes of operational waste, which is the weight of almost two London Eyes! While 1,114 tonnes of this waste was recycled, audits of the composition of waste disposed from University buildings have shown that we can do so much better. Throughout November, the Environment and...

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The big sustainability issues - teams tell of their plans at the Green Impact launch

26 October 2017

What sustainability topics do participants in this year’s Green Impact want to tackle this year? We found out at our 2017/18 launch event! Held at St Catherine’s College on Wednesday 25 October, the event kicked off the sixth year of Green Impact at the University of Cambridge. With last year proving to be a record-...

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What happens to my waste?

26 October 2017

Do you give much thought to what happens to your waste after you put it in the bin? Is it recycled, reused, sent to landfill or is it turned into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF)? You need wonder no more, as the University’s main waste contractor has put together a guide describing what happens to each type of waste, accompanied...

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Using the Energy Cost Metric in the design of the new Civil Engineering Building

26 October 2017

Construction works have just commenced on a new building for the Department of Engineering (entrance façade pictured) located on the West Cambridge site. As part of the brief, the late Professor Sir David Mackay came up with the concept of an Energy Cost Metric. This Metric has been developed as a tool for integrating low...

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