Guest post by Dr Vicky Simpson, SURF
The Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) has always regarded sustainability as a key focus of its work. The SURF Centre is committed to reducing its environmental impact and helping to make the planet more sustainable and responsible.
In November SURF signed up to participate in the University supported Green Impact Scheme. Green Impact is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students that gets staff and students working together to bring about positive change in their workplaces.
The SURF Centre has assessed its working practices and has introduced a number of new initiatives to improve and enhance SURF‘s influence on the environment in addition to those already in place. New practices include the use of Fairtrade refreshment products at events and electronic pack information sent out to participants prior to attending the event with the aim of reducing the need to print thus reducing waste and saving ink and paper.
For more info about SURF, see http://www.salford.ac.uk/built-environment/research/research-centres/sustainable-urban-and-regional-futures