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Bin busting 2019

What’s in your building’s bin? These three charts tell you the answer!

18 December 2019

On a cold bright morning in late November, you may have noticed that your building’s bin disappeared. Where did it go? To the Faculty of Economics car park on the Sidgwick Site, where it was greeted by a dozen staff and students donned in ‘hazmat’ suits, gloves and masks. It was the day of the Environment & Energy...

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St John's sustainable dinner

Michelin-starred sustainable food!

18 December 2019

In November, the University of Cambridge Catering Managers’ Committee hosted a unique sustainable food event at St John’s College for College Fellows and those involved in catering. The event was designed to get Colleges talking about sustainable food and encourage those responsible for catering in Colleges to think...

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King's College wildflower meadow

Wildflowers to cover iconic lawn at King’s College

18 December 2019

During the 16 th Century, King’s College pioneered formal gardening in Cambridge, with its large, manicured lawns demonstrating wealth and opulence. It’s apt then, that in the 21st Century, King’s College is leading the way once again in converting a large swathe of Cambridge’s most iconic lawn into a wildflower meadow to...

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students

Green Challenge Timebank launched

18 December 2019

According to a 2018/19 national survey run by SOS-UK, 59% of Higher Education students want to learn more about sustainable development. In order to provide students with opportunities to learn, develop their skills and support sustainability-related action, the newly-launched Cambridge Green Challenge Timebank provides...

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team

Updates from the Travel & Transport team

18 December 2019

As part of its commitment to minimise its environmental footprint from transport, and to improve congestion in Cambridge, the University wants to encourage staff, students and visitors to travel more sustainably. The University continues to work to improve sustainable, affordable and convenient ways to travel, and has...

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gown

Award-winning approaches to student engagement

18 December 2019

The University of Cambridge is delighted to have its Engage for Change programme Highly Commended at the 15 th Green Gown Awards. The Awards recognise the innovative and inspiring sustainability work taking place in universities and colleges to create a brighter future for their students. Over 360 guests from the UK’s...

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Read more at: Generations of Wildlife Recording at Girton College

Generations of Wildlife Recording at Girton College

27 November 2019

The University of Cambridge has been working hard behind the scenes over the past few years to make improvements to biodiversity and ecosystems on its estate. Extensive surveys of the University’s land have taken place to determine what species and habitats are there, what state they are in, and how they can be protected...

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Read more at: Let’s Ditch Plastics! Churchill College launches latest sustainability initiative

Let’s Ditch Plastics! Churchill College launches latest sustainability initiative

26 November 2019

Sustainability is really important to us, we’ve looked at lots of different options and it is a real challenge, but we’ve found that the biggest thing we can influence is behaviour. Churchill College have been participating in the University’s Green Impact scheme since year one and have gone on to win Platinum awards for...

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Read more at: November's zero waste pop-up market, and tips for running your own

November's zero waste pop-up market, and tips for running your own

26 November 2019

Something like this event, it may be small, just a drop in the ocean, but at the end of the day all those drops are going to make a difference The Environment Networks at Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press have recently set up a regular series of Zero Waste Pop-Up Markets to give their staff the...

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Read more at: Giving the past a sustainable future: upholstery and upcycling at Magdalene College

Giving the past a sustainable future: upholstery and upcycling at Magdalene College

26 November 2019

Nestled in Cambridge’s equivalent of Aladdin’s cave, Ruth Eckstein, the College Seamstress at Magdalene, spends her days upholstering chairs, sofas and anything else she can get her hands on. A job that started as an advert in the paper eight years ago has seen Ruth play fairy godmother at balls, sewing sobbing girls back...

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