Category Archives: Green Impact

Go Green Salford 2018

From Monday 12th February – Friday 9th March we will be running a series of free events and activities around the University for Go Green Salford.

We have planned a whole range of activities to raise awareness of sustainability issues and provide opportunities for you to get involved and take action. Activities are open to all staff and students at the University and you can find all the details below.

Monday 12th February

Meat Free Monday 11.30-1.30pm

Having less meat in your diet can improve your health and helps to reduce the negative environmental impacts of eating meat, slowing climate change and preserving natural resources. read more

Go Green Salford 2018

From Monday 12th February – Friday 9th March we will be running a series of free events and activities around the University for Go Green Salford.

We have planned a whole range of activities to raise awareness of sustainability issues and provide opportunities for you to get involved and take action. Activities are open to all staff and students at the University and you can find all the details below.

Monday 12th February

Meat Free Monday 11.30-1.30pm

Having less meat in your diet can improve your health and helps to reduce the negative environmental impacts of eating meat, slowing climate change and preserving natural resources. read more

Green Impact awards celebrate our sustainability achievements

On Monday 12th June we gathered at The Old Fire Station to celebrate the achievements of teams who have taken part in the 2016-17 cycle of Green Impact at the University of Salford.

We have had 12 enthusiastic staff teams from across the University actively participating in Green Impact this cycle and they have completed nearly 600 sustainable actions! Over 40 students were also involved with the programme, either as Project Assistants, supporting teams, or as auditors – checking the team’s evidence after they submit their toolkits. read more

Green Impact awards celebrate our sustainability achievements

On Monday 12th June we gathered at The Old Fire Station to celebrate the achievements of teams who have taken part in the 2016-17 cycle of Green Impact at the University of Salford.

We have had 12 enthusiastic staff teams from across the University actively participating in Green Impact this cycle and they have completed nearly 600 sustainable actions! Over 40 students were also involved with the programme, either as Project Assistants, supporting teams, or as auditors – checking the team’s evidence after they submit their toolkits. 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

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

Go Green Salford

From Monday 13th February – Friday 10th March we will be running a series of free events and activities to raise awareness of sustainability issues and engage with the University community.

You can find details below of the activities planned so far and there will be further events announced soon. If you would like any more information please contact Neva Mowl or Bec Bennett.

Monday 13th February

Meat-free Monday – Tweet UoS_Sustain a photo of your #meatfreemonday lunch or dinner and you could win a prize! read more

Go Green Salford

From Monday 13th February – Friday 10th March we will be running a series of free events and activities to raise awareness of sustainability issues and engage with the University community.

You can find details below of the activities planned so far and there will be further events announced soon. If you would like any more information please contact Neva Mowl or Bec Bennett.

Monday 13th February

Meat-free Monday – Tweet UoS_Sustain a photo of your #meatfreemonday lunch or dinner and you could win a prize! 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

Springing Back!

Hello!

It’s Bec here! As you can see we have been a bit quiet over the last year on our blog as i’ve been on maternity leave where I had 9 months to enjoy welcoming our second little boy, Owen, to our family, joining our eldest, Oliver. However, we will be starting to post more often to keep you a bit more up to date with our sustainability journey at University of Salford!

Thank You Shaun and Laura!

Firstly a big thank you to Laura Bayliss who covered my position and also (slightly belated) to Shaun Wykes our Green Impact Project Manager who’s contract ended while I was off. Shaun led a fantastic year with our Green Impact programme last year. We had more staff and students involved than ever and some brilliant results.
This year an estimated 500 staff were influenced by the Green Impact programme with over 80 directly involved in a Green Impact team. These teams completed over 600 sustainability actions through the year resulting in energy savings such as 32,500kg of CO2e from ensuring printing was double-sided, 90,000kg CO2e from having a lighting equipment plan and 3,700kg CO2e from using the stairs rather than the lift. Just these actions result in approximately £27,000 of savings on our energy bill! In addition 27 students were trained as auditors for the scheme receiving IEMA accreditation, over 40 students were trained as Project Assistants working directly to support the teams and over 70 students volunteered for the first University of Salford Blackout – a campus wide energy audit carried out in March.
Laura continued the development of the Sustainability Strategy, including leading some consultation workshops and got involved with lots of engagement initiatives across campus, especially in partnership with our new caterers, Chartwells.
I thank both Laura and Shaun for all their hard work and enthusiasm and wish them all the best for the future! read more

Springing Back!

Hello!

It’s Bec here! As you can see we have been a bit quiet over the last year on our blog as i’ve been on maternity leave where I had 9 months to enjoy welcoming our second little boy, Owen, to our family, joining our eldest, Oliver. However, we will be starting to post more often to keep you a bit more up to date with our sustainability journey at University of Salford!

Thank You Shaun and Laura!

Firstly a big thank you to Laura Bayliss who covered my position and also (slightly belated) to Shaun Wykes our Green Impact Project Manager who’s contract ended while I was off. Shaun led a fantastic year with our Green Impact programme last year. We had more staff and students involved than ever and some brilliant results.
This year an estimated 500 staff were influenced by the Green Impact programme with over 80 directly involved in a Green Impact team. These teams completed over 600 sustainability actions through the year resulting in energy savings such as 32,500kg of CO2e from ensuring printing was double-sided, 90,000kg CO2e from having a lighting equipment plan and 3,700kg CO2e from using the stairs rather than the lift. Just these actions result in approximately £27,000 of savings on our energy bill! In addition 27 students were trained as auditors for the scheme receiving IEMA accreditation, over 40 students were trained as Project Assistants working directly to support the teams and over 70 students volunteered for the first University of Salford Blackout – a campus wide energy audit carried out in March.
Laura continued the development of the Sustainability Strategy, including leading some consultation workshops and got involved with lots of engagement initiatives across campus, especially in partnership with our new caterers, Chartwells.
I thank both Laura and Shaun for all their hard work and enthusiasm and wish them all the best for the future! 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

National Recognition for Green Impact Award Winners!

We are very proud to announce that two of our Green Impact Award Winners have also been recognised at the national Green Impact Awards.

Congratulations to the School of Computing, Science & Engineering’s Daniel Wadsworth, and undergraduate students Laura Reed and Callum Hill!

National Recognition for Green Impact Award Winners!

We are very proud to announce that two of our Green Impact Award Winners have also been recognised at the national Green Impact Awards.

Congratulations to the School of Computing, Science & Engineering’s Daniel Wadsworth, and undergraduate students Laura Reed and Callum Hill!

Green Impact Special Awards Winners recognized at University Day

As part of this year’s University Day celebrations, our Special Awards winners were invited onto the stage to receive their recycled slate awards, marking a year of extra efforts towards making Salford and the wider community a greener place. Our award-winners were photographed with Martin Hall (see below), and Special Mention winners were given framed certificates.

So why did they win? Read about our winners below. Looking forward to seeing next year’s entries!

Winner- Daniel Wadsworth read more

Green Impact Special Awards Winners recognized at University Day

As part of this year’s University Day celebrations, our Special Awards winners were invited onto the stage to receive their recycled slate awards, marking a year of extra efforts towards making Salford and the wider community a greener place. Our award-winners were photographed with Martin Hall (see below), and Special Mention winners were given framed certificates.

So why did they win? Read about our winners below. Looking forward to seeing next year’s entries!

Winner- Daniel Wadsworth read more