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February is Spotlight on Energy month - Embedded departments

18 January 2019

2018 is firmly behind us and our energy levels are beginning to rise as we see the evenings slowly stretch, but what about all that other energy that makes our day possible? The energy that we rarely notice. The electricity, gas and biomass that is used in the University. We use vast amounts of energy, in 2017/18 the...

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Six simple steps to energy saving in your workplace

15 January 2019

Six steps to energy saving in your department During Spotlight on Energy Month , we are encouraging every University department, institute and building to take simple steps to reduce their energy use. Here are six simple steps for tackling the energy use of your workplace. As you're reading this page, look out for the...

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Top 10 ideas for a sustainable new year’s resolution

18 December 2018

As the end of the year approaches, many of us will ponder on which New Year’s resolution to adopt. 2019 has been designated the year of Green Action by the UK government so why not join in the national effort and make your New Year’s resolution a sustainable one. Resolutions that we can easily stick to are sometimes...

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2018 – A year of environmental action and awareness raising in the University of Cambridge

13 December 2018

2019 has been designated as the Year of Green Action in the UK. This follows 2018, a year where environmental issues were rarely out of the news; “single-use” was the Collin’s Dictionary word of the year, our collective environmental conciousness was raised and everyone from David Attenborough to the cast of Love Island...

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Light up your tree, not your office!

13 December 2018

The University closes this week for a well-earned break, but before we all rush out the door staff are asked to take just five minutes to make sure everything that can be switched off, is. This may seem like common sense, but many would be amazed at how many items are left on over holidays and weekends. A comprehensive...

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University of Cambridge chefs provide meals with reduced environmental impact

13 December 2018

On the 28 November a unique event took place on the University of Cambridge’s Downing Site. Just before lunchtime, staff from the University Catering Service, Darwin College and Murray Edwards College appeared with three tasty dishes to be handed out for free to students and staff. Crowds began to gather, eagerly...

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Sustainable Fashion in Cambridge

28 November 2018

2018 was a big year for the fashion industry. Through documentaries like Fashion’s Dirty Secrets and the True Cost, we learned that the clothes that we wear have a huge impact on the environment and on the welfare of communities who make our clothes. The environmental impacts of fashion range from water pollution from...

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Students making a difference – the #OneLess Campaign

28 November 2018

When you meet someone for the first time, it is quite nice to discover that you have something in common. For Phd students, Lucia Corsini and Francesca O’Hanlon one of the things they had in common when they met was a dislike of single-use plastic bottles. Both Lucia and Francesca had seen the devastation caused by these...

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Spotlight on Waste month – the roundup

28 November 2018

November was Spotlight on Waste month. The month where we highlight what we need to do as a University to meet our waste targets (95% recycling target and a continuous year-on-year reduction in wastes arising). The Environment and Energy section hosted events and visited departments to see how we can better reduce the...

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WarpIt donations to charity

28 November 2018

WarpIt is an online marketplace that redistributes resources legally and conveniently within the University for free. It is designed to make it easy for staff to find others with spare items - reducing procurement spend. It also helps staff who are disposing of “stuff” to find new owners - saving on waste disposal costs...

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