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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 Gown Awards Success!

winner-imageWe are very proud to annouce that the University of Salford has won two Green Gown Awards last week for community and student research projects at a prestigious ceremony in the cultural quarter of Leicester.

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK and Ireland as the education sector leads a path to efficiency, employability and better quality of life for us all. read more

Green Gown Awards Success!

winner-imageWe are very proud to annouce that the University of Salford has won two Green Gown Awards last week for community and student research projects at a prestigious ceremony in the cultural quarter of Leicester.

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK and Ireland as the education sector leads a path to efficiency, employability and better quality of life for us all. read more

We’ve been WARP’ing-it!

WARP-it!

Around a year ago we launched WARP-IT at the University of Salford. No, it’s not a system to get us out of here very quickly!! It actually stands for Waste Action Resource Portal, it’s a redistribution network for items that we might usually dispose of.
WARP-it works in a similar way to Ebay or Freecycle but for organisations rather than individuals and makes it easy for departments to give away, loan or claim items unwanted by others within the organisation and beyond.
The scheme encourages reuse, saves money and carbon.
Over the last year we have saved a brilliant £100,000 by using the system (in purchasing and disposal costs)! This has resulted in savings in carbon and waste too as shown below and a return of 56 times our initial investment in the system! read more

We’ve been WARP’ing-it!

WARP-it!

Around a year ago we launched WARP-IT at the University of Salford. No, it’s not a system to get us out of here very quickly!! It actually stands for Waste Action Resource Portal, it’s a redistribution network for items that we might usually dispose of.
WARP-it works in a similar way to Ebay or Freecycle but for organisations rather than individuals and makes it easy for departments to give away, loan or claim items unwanted by others within the organisation and beyond.
The scheme encourages reuse, saves money and carbon.
Over the last year we have saved a brilliant £100,000 by using the system (in purchasing and disposal costs)! This has resulted in savings in carbon and waste too as shown below and a return of 56 times our initial investment in the system! 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

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

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

    Energy House Team makes start on Green Impact

    Guest post by Richard Fitton, Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group

    With the new year coming the team have made it their new year’s resolution to start trying to ascend the Green Impact league.  As a unit that prides itself on cutting edge energy research, we feel that it is a natural step for us to make progress towards a more sustainable campus.

    With the eager assistance of our Student Advisor Moshe Kinn, we have already implemented a wide range of the criteria from the Green Impact scheme.  It was very positive to see that some of these only took a formalisation of what practices were already in existence, such as light switching procedures, and the management of areas of IT equipment. read more

    Energy House Team makes start on Green Impact

    Guest post by Richard Fitton, Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group

    With the new year coming the team have made it their new year’s resolution to start trying to ascend the Green Impact league.  As a unit that prides itself on cutting edge energy research, we feel that it is a natural step for us to make progress towards a more sustainable campus.

    With the eager assistance of our Student Advisor Moshe Kinn, we have already implemented a wide range of the criteria from the Green Impact scheme.  It was very positive to see that some of these only took a formalisation of what practices were already in existence, such as light switching procedures, and the management of areas of IT equipment. read more

    Greening your Impact this Christmas (and an update!)

    Green Impact is in full swing, and we’re nearly at the *final deadline* for teams to sign up (18th December), so to be in for a chance of winning an award for your office (and making it cosier as well as more sustainable), get in touch ASAP (c.spring@salford.ac.uk). We have a team of trained-up student project assistants ready to help your team get on with getting gold. Criteria are designed to cost little or nothing, and you’ll win a beautiful award at our summery celebration in June 2014. So really, what are you waiting for? read more

    Greening your Impact this Christmas (and an update!)

    Green Impact is in full swing, and we’re nearly at the *final deadline* for teams to sign up (18th December), so to be in for a chance of winning an award for your office (and making it cosier as well as more sustainable), get in touch ASAP (c.spring@salford.ac.uk). We have a team of trained-up student project assistants ready to help your team get on with getting gold. Criteria are designed to cost little or nothing, and you’ll win a beautiful award at our summery celebration in June 2014. So really, what are you waiting for? read more