Welcome to the Environmental Sustainability Team, Marta!

We are pleased to welcome our new team member, Marta Strzelecka to our team.

Photo of Marta

As our Environmental Management Coordinator, Marta leads on our environmental communication and engagement as well as our green campus and single use plastic commitments. She will also be instrumental in the continual improvement of our Environmental and Energy Management System.

We are particularly pleased that Marta is one of our own! She recently graduated with a master’s in Environmental Assessment and Management from the University of Salford. She also has a background in business management from MMU. read more

Welcome to the Environmental Sustainability Team, Marta!

We are pleased to welcome our new team member, Marta Strzelecka to our team.

Photo of Marta

As our Environmental Management Coordinator, Marta leads on our environmental communication and engagement as well as our green campus and single use plastic commitments. She will also be instrumental in the continual improvement of our Environmental and Energy Management System.

We are particularly pleased that Marta is one of our own! She recently graduated with a master’s in Environmental Assessment and Management from the University of Salford. She also has a background in business management from MMU. read more

Cycle to Work Day 2020

Staff and students: join others interested in cycling in our Bicycle User Group Teams site.

On Thursday 6th August we can’t do our usual Cycle to Work Day photo competition or offer free breakfasts for cyclists this year, but we want to use the day to raise awareness of the University’s new Cycle to Work scheme for staff, that launched in July.  

You can also take part in the official Cycle to Work Day competition (by cycling anywhere!) – find out more on their website.

As colleagues begin to return to campus, choosing to cycle is a great way to improve health and fitness and take positive action to be more sustainable. read more

Cycle to Work Day 2020

Staff and students: join others interested in cycling in our Bicycle User Group Teams site.

On Thursday 6th August we can’t do our usual Cycle to Work Day photo competition or offer free breakfasts for cyclists this year, but we want to use the day to raise awareness of the University’s new Cycle to Work scheme for staff, that launched in July.  

You can also take part in the official Cycle to Work Day competition (by cycling anywhere!) – find out more on their website.

As colleagues begin to return to campus, choosing to cycle is a great way to improve health and fitness and take positive action to be more sustainable. read more

Plastic Free July

Since 2011, millions of people have pledged to reduce their plastic waste as part of Plastic Free July. Will you get involved this year?

Plastic Free July encourages citizens and businesses to change their behaviour in favour of avoiding single-use plastics and reducing plastic waste. The campaign is run by The Plastic Free Foundation and in 2019 250 million people adopted 325 million ‘choose to refuse’ behaviour changes.

Plastic pollution is increasing, and the vast majority of plastic waste doesn’t get reused or recycled but pollutes our soils and seas, with wildlife getting tangled up in plastic or mistaking it for food.  Studies have shown that 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year, the equivalent of one bin truck’s-worth of plastic being dumped into the sea every minute, and that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish! read more

Plastic Free July

Since 2011, millions of people have pledged to reduce their plastic waste as part of Plastic Free July. Will you get involved this year?

Plastic Free July encourages citizens and businesses to change their behaviour in favour of avoiding single-use plastics and reducing plastic waste. The campaign is run by The Plastic Free Foundation and in 2019 250 million people adopted 325 million ‘choose to refuse’ behaviour changes.

Plastic pollution is increasing, and the vast majority of plastic waste doesn’t get reused or recycled but pollutes our soils and seas, with wildlife getting tangled up in plastic or mistaking it for food.  Studies have shown that 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year, the equivalent of one bin truck’s-worth of plastic being dumped into the sea every minute, and that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish! read more

Hedgehog Friendly Campus Working Group

One of the UK’s best loved animals the hedgehog, is having a tough time with their numbers reducing by a third since the millennium. The reasons for their decline are varied but the good news is Hedgehog Friendly Campus is a fantastic new initiative looking at small steps we can put in place to counteract some of the challenges hedgehogs face and really make a difference to our prickliest (potential) campus residents.   

If you’re interested in helping to save a national treasure, or maybe you just want the chance to learn some new skills, come along to our first Hedgehog Friendly Campus Working Group on Wednesday 1 July! Hosted by our Hedgehog Champions Chloe Nevitt and Helen Whitehead, the session will focus on the Bronze actions on the HFC website as we discuss which actions we want to take forward.   read more

Hedgehog Friendly Campus Working Group

One of the UK’s best loved animals the hedgehog, is having a tough time with their numbers reducing by a third since the millennium. The reasons for their decline are varied but the good news is Hedgehog Friendly Campus is a fantastic new initiative looking at small steps we can put in place to counteract some of the challenges hedgehogs face and really make a difference to our prickliest (potential) campus residents.   

If you’re interested in helping to save a national treasure, or maybe you just want the chance to learn some new skills, come along to our first Hedgehog Friendly Campus Working Group on Wednesday 1 July! Hosted by our Hedgehog Champions Chloe Nevitt and Helen Whitehead, the session will focus on the Bronze actions on the HFC website as we discuss which actions we want to take forward.   read more

Bike Week 2020

Bike Week 2020 is taking place from 6-14 June. Delivered by Cycling UK, the week will celebrate all that’s great about riding a bike, with a week of fun digital activities which you can get involved in.

Bike Week aims to encourage people to experience the joy of cycling.

Cycling is a well-loved activity that’s enjoyed by millions of people across the UK and if you’re already a cyclist why not encourage someone in your household to go out on a ride with you, or inspire a friend, family member of loved one to take a little trip outdoors. Help us spread the message, as cycling is not only an incredible way to get around but brilliant fun and so good for you! read more

Bike Week 2020

Bike Week 2020 is taking place from 6-14 June. Delivered by Cycling UK, the week will celebrate all that’s great about riding a bike, with a week of fun digital activities which you can get involved in.

Bike Week aims to encourage people to experience the joy of cycling.

Cycling is a well-loved activity that’s enjoyed by millions of people across the UK and if you’re already a cyclist why not encourage someone in your household to go out on a ride with you, or inspire a friend, family member of loved one to take a little trip outdoors. Help us spread the message, as cycling is not only an incredible way to get around but brilliant fun and so good for you! read more

World Environment Day – Green Campus Group meeting

World Environment Day has been celebrated every year since 1974 and offers a global platform for inspiring positive change. This year’s theme is biodiversity and in keeping with this, we will be holding a virtual Green Campus Group meeting on Friday 5 June at 11am.

We will give a general update on related projects, but the focus of the meeting will be the Hedgehog Friendly Campus programme. Jo Wilkinson, who is the Project Manager for this British Hedgehog Preservation Society funded project, will speak to us about how it works and how we can all get involved. If there is enough interest, we hope to establish a Hedgehog Friendly Campus team at the University. read more

World Environment Day – Green Campus Group meeting

World Environment Day has been celebrated every year since 1974 and offers a global platform for inspiring positive change. This year’s theme is biodiversity and in keeping with this, we will be holding a virtual Green Campus Group meeting on Friday 5 June at 11am.

We will give a general update on related projects, but the focus of the meeting will be the Hedgehog Friendly Campus programme. Jo Wilkinson, who is the Project Manager for this British Hedgehog Preservation Society funded project, will speak to us about how it works and how we can all get involved. If there is enough interest, we hope to establish a Hedgehog Friendly Campus team at the University. read more

International Day for Biological Diversity 2020 – 22 May

Biodiversity is a word that describes the variety of life in an area. This includes all the species of plants, animals and microscopic organisms! It is easy to underestimate how many species can exist in a seemingly small area; there are around 70,000 species in the UK alone. The United Nation’s International Day for Biological Diversity celebrated its 25 year anniversary in 2018 and during its life it has explored a mixture of themes including: Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism, Forest Biodiversity and Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation. read more

International Day for Biological Diversity 2020 – 22 May

Biodiversity is a word that describes the variety of life in an area. This includes all the species of plants, animals and microscopic organisms! It is easy to underestimate how many species can exist in a seemingly small area; there are around 70,000 species in the UK alone. The United Nation’s International Day for Biological Diversity celebrated its 25 year anniversary in 2018 and during its life it has explored a mixture of themes including: Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism, Forest Biodiversity and Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation. read more

Earth Day 2020 – April 22

Co-ordinated by the Earth Day Network, Earth Day has been running since 1970 (making this year its 50th anniversary!). Their mission is to drive positive environmental change through educating people across over 190 countries, supported by 75,000 partners.

Earth Day has a history of making a difference. On its first event, 20 million Americans (10% of the population) protested the government’s environmental ignorance and demanded that things changed. This resulted in the passage of landmark environmental laws in the US. The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were all created in response to the climate action, alongside the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), other countries soon followed suit. The United Nations also chose this day as the day when the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, possibly the most famous and most significant moment in our climate change battle thus far. read more

Earth Day 2020 – April 22

Co-ordinated by the Earth Day Network, Earth Day has been running since 1970 (making this year its 50th anniversary!). Their mission is to drive positive environmental change through educating people across over 190 countries, supported by 75,000 partners.

Earth Day has a history of making a difference. On its first event, 20 million Americans (10% of the population) protested the government’s environmental ignorance and demanded that things changed. This resulted in the passage of landmark environmental laws in the US. The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were all created in response to the climate action, alongside the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), other countries soon followed suit. The United Nations also chose this day as the day when the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, possibly the most famous and most significant moment in our climate change battle thus far. read more

Earth Hour 2020

Emily Shipley, Environmental Communications & Engagement Assistant.

Earth Hour is just one hour, annually, when the world can unite in its fight against climate change.

The WWF have been running Earth Hour since its first lights-out event in Sydney, 2007. Since then, it has become the largest event of its kind, with millions of people taking part in over 180 countries and territories. All that you need to do to take part is simply switch off your non-essential lights for one hour between 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday 28 March, it’s a small action that has a much larger impact when so many people combine their efforts. Not only does it have the obvious environmental benefits that come with reduced energy usage, it is also used as a tool to spark conversation; the more individuals take part, the more it will be taken seriously. read more

Earth Hour 2020

Emily Shipley, Environmental Communications & Engagement Assistant.

Earth Hour is just one hour, annually, when the world can unite in its fight against climate change.

The WWF have been running Earth Hour since its first lights-out event in Sydney, 2007. Since then, it has become the largest event of its kind, with millions of people taking part in over 180 countries and territories. All that you need to do to take part is simply switch off your non-essential lights for one hour between 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday 28 March, it’s a small action that has a much larger impact when so many people combine their efforts. Not only does it have the obvious environmental benefits that come with reduced energy usage, it is also used as a tool to spark conversation; the more individuals take part, the more it will be taken seriously. read more

Global Recycling Day 2020

Guest blog by Emily Shipley, Environmental Communications and Engagement Assistant Graduate Intern.

Using The Seventh Resource (recycled materials) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions annually saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions annually, which is almost as much carbon that the aviation industry produces in passenger transport every year.

Making aluminium cans from recycled materials uses 1/12th of the energy needed to make them from raw materials. This is particularly notable because aluminium can be recycled countless times and it is estimated that around two-thirds of all aluminium that has ever been produced is still in circulation today- don’t break the cycle by throwing yours away! read more

Global Recycling Day 2020

Guest blog by Emily Shipley, Environmental Communications and Engagement Assistant Graduate Intern.

Using The Seventh Resource (recycled materials) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions annually saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions annually, which is almost as much carbon that the aviation industry produces in passenger transport every year.

Making aluminium cans from recycled materials uses 1/12th of the energy needed to make them from raw materials. This is particularly notable because aluminium can be recycled countless times and it is estimated that around two-thirds of all aluminium that has ever been produced is still in circulation today- don’t break the cycle by throwing yours away! read more