Clean Air Day 2018: how you can reduce your exposure to air pollution

The connection between air pollution and our health has been studied for decades. Air pollution is known to increase the risk of certain health problems including lung cancer, and makes some existing conditions such as asthma worse. Clean Air Day, an initiative by Global Action Plan, aims to raise awareness of the health impacts of UK …

Career profile: Tim Gale

The latest in our series of career profiles features Tim Gale, who studies MEng Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham and is currently out on a placement year. What is your role, how long have you been in it and where are you based? I work for Nottingham City Council, at Loxley House next …

Turning over a new leaf

Liam Jones, who works in the University’s Grounds team, shares his experience of buying an electric car. We had always hoped to own an electric vehicle (EV) for the cost and environmental benefits, and this June my partner and I traded in our Fiat Brava 1.6 Eco Diesel for an all-electric Nissan Leaf Tekna. The …

‘Where is my bus?’ – new app for UNMC

UNMC Environmental Committee report on the output of a summer internship project Ever stood at a bus stop in pouring rain or scorching heat, and wondered where the bus was, or, worse, whether it was going to come at all? According to many students at the University’s Malaysia campus (UNMC), such uncertainty is one of the …

Thunderbirds are nearly ready to go…….

With just over 3 weeks until I set off on my Thunderbird charity ride for dementia research my mind turns to perhaps doing a little bit of planning.  The principle of my ride is simple – 5 Capitals ( Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff and London) – in 4 days, involving 3 sleeps – on 2 …

ISCN Conference Day 2: Corporate/University Engagement

What are the skills that business needs in its workforce? How can universities ensure their graduates are equipped with those skills to enable business to be more sustainable? Research underway by the ISCN shows that whilst universities are providing well for the corporate sustainability roles there is significant room for improvement in how a wider …

International Sustainable Campus Network Conference 2015

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) recently held it’s 9th annual conference at The University of Hong Kong. The theme of the conference was “Expanding the Dialogue: Sustainability in a Connected World”. The conference brought together experts and practitioners from across the globe for cross-cutting communication and connection between higher education, business, government and civil …

Bikes for hire

Louisa Barron shares first-hand experience of the University’s bike hire scheme. The Ucycle bike hire scheme has been running for several years, however as a student at the University and then a temporary employee, I had no idea it existed until this autumn when I started to help issue the hire bikes. But it really is …

One bike, two legs, 2,000+ miles and climbing to the top of Everest

With just over a week until the start of his Bike ride, Gavin Scott, Environment Manager reflects on this last six months of training and cake eating and the challenge ahead………….. Back in January of this year in a moment of utter madness I entered an endurance race  from London to Istanbul on a push bike , …

Towards a Sustainable Ningbo

I made my first visit to Ningbo, and to China, in early June with a view to understanding the challenges and opportunities to achieve a sustainable campus. Of course, there are different challenges in China – but exciting ones. For a start, the climate in Ningbo is one of extremes. It’s not unusual for temperatures …