A quick (pond) dip in the Djanogly pond

Guest blog by Dr. Tom Hartman, School of Life Sciences, on a brief survey of one of the ponds on University Park. The pond by the Djanogly arts centre has been in existence for many decades until the tram line was installed in 2014 when it was completely destroyed. A smaller pond was then excavated …

Developing a Biodiversity Action Plan for Sutton Bonington campus

Third year Plant Science student Bryony Gardner shares her experience of developing the University’s Biodiversity Action Plan. A plan to promote biodiversity Following on from a successful bid into the Environment Initiative Fund, I was part of a project running throughout the summer to help understand, protect and promote the biodiversity of Sutton Bonington campus. …

£100k awarded to sustainability projects

If you have a great idea for a sustainability-related project but need funding to make it happen, the Environment Initiative Fund may be the solution! Each year, the University’s Sustainability and Environment Committee awards around £100,000 to student or staff-led sustainability projects. Applications are now open for 2017/18. In the 2016/17 academic year 14 bids …

Duck density and #beastsofuon

Serena Brown, our new Environmental Officer, introduces herself. As an alumna of UoN and a graduate from the School of Geography, my time at university was incredibly important for shaping my view on my environment and key sustainability issues of the time. The academic side helped to stretch my thinking and approach problems with a …

Green UNMC – meet our varied and wonderful trees

Pei Sze Teh shares her experience of a summer internship at UNMC. After my 3rd year of studying chemical engineering at UNMC I applied for the campus summer Internship Programme, was successful and placed with Environment Committee to start up a flora and fauna survey. The idea of the project is to catalogue all flora and …

Forest School at the University of Nottingham

The University’s Childcare Services is introducing a Forest School programme into their curriculum for children in their care. “We have decided to do this as we wish to promote healthy lifestyles in a healthy environment, installing a love of nature in the children in our care” Catherine Lucas, Early Years Practitioner. The Forest School concept …

Green Week at UNMC: Use your Power!

Written by Associate Professor Svenja Hanson,  Head of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department Malaysia Campus and Chair of the UNMC Environment Committee. Just before we enter the busiest part of the year obsessing about the impending end-of-semester deadlines, the SA Sustainability Network, SA Nature Club and the Sustainability Research Network Malaysia (SRN) treated us to …

Planting a lasting reminder

Svenja Hanson, chair of Environment Committee at the University’s Malaysia campus, outlines the recently launched Alumni Tree Project. Graduands, aka new alumni, at UNMC now have the chance to immortalize their presence at the Malaysia campus by sponsoring their very own tree, which will be planted by volunteers from the SA Nature Club in the autumn semester of …

Down but not out

When an ancient beech tree atop The Downs finally succumbed to disease and decay, the Estate Office was determined that the centuries-old landmark should not be forgotten. The tree is a link to the landscape’s past long before it became a University campus. Indeed Lenton Close, the last private house to be built on University …

Sustainability – 2020 Vision

The University is currently developing its strategic plan, looking ahead to the period 2015 – 2020, so it’s right that we refresh the University’s environment strategy and consider the wider sustainability issues we face in 2014. The University published its current Environment Strategy in 2010 and has been acknowledged as broad, ambitious and setting out an …