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 …

Carbon emissions – they don’t all come from buildings you know …

The University’s Director of Sustainability, Andy Nolan, writes “One of my responsibilities is to ensure we are able to monitor our carbon emissions and to be able to communicate this effectively. As you might expect, we have been able to establish the emissions we generate from consuming electricity and gas in our buildings quite easily …

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 …