Category Archives: Carbon Management

Joule House or Green House?

Building on practices embedded in the 2014-15 Green Impact, colleagues in Joule House are taking further steps to create a big impact. Once home to the Salfordian physicist James Joule Prescott, the Joule House team is committed to preserving its heritage in reducing energy inefficiency. Working within the confinements of the restrictions imposed on the department who are located in a grade listed building, Joule House is quickly turning GREEN. Utilising  communal recycling points, switching off radiators, monitors and PCs, reducing printing costs and switching to telephone/video conferences, the team are becoming more sustainable and working towards a common goal and encouraging best practice. Joule House are tacking this issue together with enthusiasm and turning Joule House into a Green House. read more

Joule House or Green House?

Building on practices embedded in the 2014-15 Green Impact, colleagues in Joule House are taking further steps to create a big impact. Once home to the Salfordian physicist James Joule Prescott, the Joule House team is committed to preserving its heritage in reducing energy inefficiency. Working within the confinements of the restrictions imposed on the department who are located in a grade listed building, Joule House is quickly turning GREEN. Utilising  communal recycling points, switching off radiators, monitors and PCs, reducing printing costs and switching to telephone/video conferences, the team are becoming more sustainable and working towards a common goal and encouraging best practice. Joule House are tacking this issue together with enthusiasm and turning Joule House into a Green House. read more

Blackout 2017

On Friday 10th March staff and students gathered together to take part in the National Union of Students’ Blackout campaign. After a brief training session and donning their Blackout t-shirts, the volunteers split into teams and went to audit non-essential lights and equipment in their allocated areas. The teams noted down the total number of each type of equipment and the number left on unnecessarily, whilst also switching off certain items such as lights and computer monitors.

Over the evening the volunteers audited Maxwell, Gilbert Rooms, Peel, Newton, Allerton, Crescent House and The Old Fire Station. If you work in one of these buildings you may have found a note on your desk or under your door thanking you for switching off or reminding you to power down at the end of the day. After the audits the teams returned to Atmosphere café where they were rewarded for their efforts with pizzas and drinks. read more

Blackout 2017

On Friday 10th March staff and students gathered together to take part in the National Union of Students’ Blackout campaign. After a brief training session and donning their Blackout t-shirts, the volunteers split into teams and went to audit non-essential lights and equipment in their allocated areas. The teams noted down the total number of each type of equipment and the number left on unnecessarily, whilst also switching off certain items such as lights and computer monitors.

Over the evening the volunteers audited Maxwell, Gilbert Rooms, Peel, Newton, Allerton, Crescent House and The Old Fire Station. If you work in one of these buildings you may have found a note on your desk or under your door thanking you for switching off or reminding you to power down at the end of the day. After the audits the teams returned to Atmosphere café where they were rewarded for their efforts with pizzas and drinks. read more

Introducing our new team members!

A big welcome to new and existing staff and students here at the University of Salford. The Sustainability Team are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and hope that you are ready to get involved too!
Gillian Wright joined the University back in May as the Energy Manager, and Neva Mowl has recently started as the Green Impact Projects Manager. With a new team in force, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce Gillian and Neva, and find out a bit about them.

Let’s start with Gillian; we began by asking ‘What does your job involve?’
‘I am tasked with managing the amount we spend on energy and water, but also reducing the carbon footprint from our building use, as we have ambitious targets to meet. I do this by looking for energy saving projects such as changes to how we operate; encouraging behavioural change; and installing technology to reduce energy or generate renewable energy. This will help make the University more efficient with less reliance on fossil fuels and therefore a more sustainable operation.’ read more

Introducing our new team members!

A big welcome to new and existing staff and students here at the University of Salford. The Sustainability Team are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and hope that you are ready to get involved too!
Gillian Wright joined the University back in May as the Energy Manager, and Neva Mowl has recently started as the Green Impact Projects Manager. With a new team in force, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce Gillian and Neva, and find out a bit about them.

Let’s start with Gillian; we began by asking ‘What does your job involve?’
‘I am tasked with managing the amount we spend on energy and water, but also reducing the carbon footprint from our building use, as we have ambitious targets to meet. I do this by looking for energy saving projects such as changes to how we operate; encouraging behavioural change; and installing technology to reduce energy or generate renewable energy. This will help make the University more efficient with less reliance on fossil fuels and therefore a more sustainable operation.’ read more

Green Impact 2014/15 !

Welcome back staff and students to another big year at the University of Salford! The sustainability team have a number of exciting initiatives planned for this year including the university’s involvement in Green Impact for a second year.

The team want to firstly say a big thank you to Charlie Spring for all the hard work she put in during 2013/14. Charlie spearheaded the inaugural year of Green Impact which was a huge success and a real tribute to Charlie’s work. She got eleven staff teams on board and supported them throughout the year. She also recruited and trained a number of students as Project Assistants and Auditors providing them with valuable transferrable skills and sustainability knowledge to assist them in their employment. We are lucky to be keeping Charlie within the university where she will be undertaking a PhD in food waste so we look forward to seeing her around. Thanks Charlie! read more

Green Impact 2014/15 !

Welcome back staff and students to another big year at the University of Salford! The sustainability team have a number of exciting initiatives planned for this year including the university’s involvement in Green Impact for a second year.

The team want to firstly say a big thank you to Charlie Spring for all the hard work she put in during 2013/14. Charlie spearheaded the inaugural year of Green Impact which was a huge success and a real tribute to Charlie’s work. She got eleven staff teams on board and supported them throughout the year. She also recruited and trained a number of students as Project Assistants and Auditors providing them with valuable transferrable skills and sustainability knowledge to assist them in their employment. We are lucky to be keeping Charlie within the university where she will be undertaking a PhD in food waste so we look forward to seeing her around. Thanks Charlie! read more

Eddie Colman residents are the most switched OFF (now let’s party!)

Congratulations to students living in Eddie Coleman halls of residence who have won the 2013-14 Student Switch Off competition. They saved the most electricity per person over this academic year, reducing their consumption by 7% compared to previous years!

Find out how your hall did: https://www.facebook.com/SalfordSSO/app_134332416711689

Eddie Coleman hall will be getting a Ben and Jerry’s party as their reward. Eddie Coleman residents please keep an eye out for posters and emails with more details. read more

Eddie Colman residents are the most switched OFF (now let’s party!)

Congratulations to students living in Eddie Coleman halls of residence who have won the 2013-14 Student Switch Off competition. They saved the most electricity per person over this academic year, reducing their consumption by 7% compared to previous years!

Find out how your hall did: https://www.facebook.com/SalfordSSO/app_134332416711689

Eddie Coleman hall will be getting a Ben and Jerry’s party as their reward. Eddie Coleman residents please keep an eye out for posters and emails with more details. read more

The Green Machine steps up to Green Impact challenge

Guest post from Lauren Broderick (Sports Centre receptionist)

“Here at the sports centre we have been working towards the silver award in the first year of taking part in the Green Impact project.

The whole team have got behind the Green Impact work and we have worked hard to make our centre greener- always thinking about the polar bears!

Many of our team members put forward ideas on how we could make the centre ‘greener’ from turning off the vending machines over night to more obscure ideas such as static energy from the tread mils being conserved and being used elsewhere.! read more

The Green Machine steps up to Green Impact challenge

Guest post from Lauren Broderick (Sports Centre receptionist)

“Here at the sports centre we have been working towards the silver award in the first year of taking part in the Green Impact project.

The whole team have got behind the Green Impact work and we have worked hard to make our centre greener- always thinking about the polar bears!

Many of our team members put forward ideas on how we could make the centre ‘greener’ from turning off the vending machines over night to more obscure ideas such as static energy from the tread mils being conserved and being used elsewhere.! read more

Team Green Crescent: what Green Impact means to me

Green Crescent are ready to hit ‘submit’ on their Green Impact Bronze workbook. Progress dragged at first, but with the movement of the Governance Service Unit team into Estates H/Q came a new flush of enthusiasm and a well-stocked team. With regular meetings and the help of our trusty Green Impact noticeboard, we’ve finally got our twenty criteria completed. Pesterings, complaints of wonky Switch-Off stickers, cycling/recycling, composted (Fairtrade) banana skins and a personal heater amnesty later, and we’re ready to be audited. read more

Team Green Crescent: what Green Impact means to me

Green Crescent are ready to hit ‘submit’ on their Green Impact Bronze workbook. Progress dragged at first, but with the movement of the Governance Service Unit team into Estates H/Q came a new flush of enthusiasm and a well-stocked team. With regular meetings and the help of our trusty Green Impact noticeboard, we’ve finally got our twenty criteria completed. Pesterings, complaints of wonky Switch-Off stickers, cycling/recycling, composted (Fairtrade) banana skins and a personal heater amnesty later, and we’re ready to be audited. read more

Advancing towards a greener way of working

Guest post by Paul Butlin (Advancement Green Impact team, Faraday House)

Over the past four months the Advancement team have been working towards Green Impact bronze award. We have found that making lots of small changes has really helped us to change our office into a greener and more sustainable environment.

I asked the team what they have learned from the scheme. One team member said “To be more aware of what I am throwing away and using – recycle!.” Another said “I have learned to ensure that all the computers are turned off in the office of a night and I ensure all the lights go off when I am the last one to leave the office.” Friend of the University and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mohammed Yunus once said “Start small. Changes always start with small steps.” We have definitely found this to be true for us. If we all make the effort to think more green then collectively we can really make a positive change to our environment. read more

Advancing towards a greener way of working

Guest post by Paul Butlin (Advancement Green Impact team, Faraday House)

Over the past four months the Advancement team have been working towards Green Impact bronze award. We have found that making lots of small changes has really helped us to change our office into a greener and more sustainable environment.

I asked the team what they have learned from the scheme. One team member said “To be more aware of what I am throwing away and using – recycle!.” Another said “I have learned to ensure that all the computers are turned off in the office of a night and I ensure all the lights go off when I am the last one to leave the office.” Friend of the University and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mohammed Yunus once said “Start small. Changes always start with small steps.” We have definitely found this to be true for us. If we all make the effort to think more green then collectively we can really make a positive change to our environment. read more

Composting in your staff kitchen is easy!

The Green Crescent (Crescent House Green Impact team) are now turning their teabags and banana skins into compost to feed the university gardens, reducing the need to buy in compost and thus reducing financial and carbon costs. It’s very easy: you can do it too!

  • Speak to your Building Manager. They will order you a green composting bin and biodegradable bags
  • Display your bin with the accompanying ‘What (not) to put in’ poster and make sure staff are informed (by email, poster or mention at a meeting)
  • Your Building Manager will arrange for the bin to be emptied, probably every other day. It will travel on the post truck to the Allerton Rocket Composter
  • The Tidy Planet composter, designed by Simon Webb (Macclesfield), turns food waste from the catering zones into rich compost and thus reduces the amount of food rotting into methane in landfill sites.
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    Composting in your staff kitchen is easy!

    The Green Crescent (Crescent House Green Impact team) are now turning their teabags and banana skins into compost to feed the university gardens, reducing the need to buy in compost and thus reducing financial and carbon costs. It’s very easy: you can do it too!

  • Speak to your Building Manager. They will order you a green composting bin and biodegradable bags
  • Display your bin with the accompanying ‘What (not) to put in’ poster and make sure staff are informed (by email, poster or mention at a meeting)
  • Your Building Manager will arrange for the bin to be emptied, probably every other day. It will travel on the post truck to the Allerton Rocket Composter
  • The Tidy Planet composter, designed by Simon Webb (Macclesfield), turns food waste from the catering zones into rich compost and thus reduces the amount of food rotting into methane in landfill sites.
  • read more

    Crush it and bin it: reduces carbon (and relieves stress!)

    Moshe Kinn, Student Green Impact Coordinator for the Energy House, announces the following campaign:

    “We at the Energy Hub Green Impact Team would like to share with you our campaign to reduce our carbon emissions by helping to reduce the volume of the rubbish we recycle and throw away. It is simple: the larger the volume of waste the quicker the dustbins get filled up and the more journeys for the dustbin truck. So join the Crush It and Bin It campaign to help reduce your carbon footprint.  Please print out the poster image and put it up near your recycle bins. read more

    Crush it and bin it: reduces carbon (and relieves stress!)

    Moshe Kinn, Student Green Impact Coordinator for the Energy House, announces the following campaign:

    “We at the Energy Hub Green Impact Team would like to share with you our campaign to reduce our carbon emissions by helping to reduce the volume of the rubbish we recycle and throw away. It is simple: the larger the volume of waste the quicker the dustbins get filled up and the more journeys for the dustbin truck. So join the Crush It and Bin It campaign to help reduce your carbon footprint.  Please print out the poster image and put it up near your recycle bins. read more