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Environment and Energy

 

Ditching the disposables!

28 February 2019

The University Catering Service are changing the pricing structure of hot drinks across all University operated cafés. In line with the University's award-winning sustainable food policy , which includes an aim 'to achieve a significant reduction in waste in all café operations', a new initiative will help to reduce the...

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Energy saving actions at Clare College

27 February 2019

Clare College’s Environmental Policy has guided and inspired the actions of College staff and students for the last five years, and so much has been achieved. This month we will look at what has been done in the area of energy saving. Maintenance works have given facilities staff at Clare College, led by Estates Director...

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Heating innovation at Robinson College

26 February 2019

Robinson College have turned to their local water course, Bin Brook, to heat their buildings. Heating will be generated using a Water Source Heat Pump. Water Source Heat Pumps work by extracting heat from a body of water and converting it into useful energy to heat a building. They use a series of submerged pipes to...

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How will the University’s estate be affected by climate change?

26 February 2019

In December of 2018, Sir David Attenborough spoke at the opening of the UN climate change conference in Poland: "Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years, climate change. If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of...

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Spotlight on Energy month – what we learned

26 February 2019

February was Spotlight on Energy month. There were several events and communications, which were designed to empower people to take energy-saving action in their department and make energy more tangible. So, what did we all learn over the month? 1) The use of energy across the University is varied As a University, we...

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Gardening in your College

26 February 2019

The sun is out and there is no better place to get your Vitamin D than in the garden. There are many benefits of gardening; first you have that sense of achievement as your efforts result in some tasty produce, second it is a gentle way to exercise and third, gardening has been shown to benefit our mental health . Luckily...

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A day in the life of the Carbon and Energy Manager

25 February 2019

Sally, our Carbon and Energy Manager, heads up the team and ensures that our utilities are managed effectively and in accordance with legal requirements and the University’s own environmental aspirations. Sally is also responsible for overseeing the delivery of the University’s Carbon Reduction Strategy and for reporting...

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A day in the life of the Building Energy Managers

22 February 2019

There are two Building Energy Managers within the team, Adam (pictured right) and Xiang (left). Through the Energy and Carbon Reduction Project (ECRP) , Adam and Xiang identify and implement projects focused on reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions across the University. This is what Adam and Xiang get up to on...

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A day in the life of the Energy sub team

15 February 2019

Greg, our Energy Manager (far right), is responsible for utilities procurement and budget management, and ensures that the University is achieving legal compliance. Greg also leads on the identification and implementation of measures to reduce water consumption. Bekki and Colin (far left and second from right), our two...

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A day in the life of…the Sustainable Labs Coordinator

4 February 2019

Martin Howes, our Sustainable Labs Coordinator, works hard to improve the environmental performance of labs and research facilities across the University, primarily by leading on the Green Labs initiative. Let’s see what Martin does on a typical day… First thing: I take a look at my emails and assess any applications for...

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