Tackling fast fashion with Dopplle

UoN Veterinary Medicine student Sam Hurst and her sister Izzie have spent the last year developing the new app ‘Dopplle’ to help students swap clothes at university and promote sustainable fashion. Here Sam tells us about Dopplle and how students can get involved to tackle the growing global issue of fast fashion. What is Dopplle? …

Portland Zero is back in business

The University of Nottingham’s exciting new zero-waste shop ‘Portland Zero’ opened in March 2020, offering a range of goods that are completely free from single-use plastic packaging. Within weeks they went into lockdown, but the store lived up to its name and had zero produce go to waste during the pandemic. The Portland Zero team …

Sustainable Student Swaps

Third-year student, Eilis O’Keefe, has made a list of her favourite sustainable swaps for returning to university this term. 21-27 September 2020 is also Recycle Week. If you can’t reduce or re-use any of these ideas, make sure you recycle wherever possible. After 6 long months, it’s finally time to head back to uni. It …

We often talk about things being controlled by the BMS, but what actually is a BMS?

Building Management Systems (BMS), were first introduced in the 1980’s with the advent of the personal computer. By linking to inputs (sensors measuring temperature etc) and outputs (boilers, pumps, fans etc), it was possible for the first time to control the conditions in a building from another location.  The University first installed a Transmitton system …

The Challenge Ahead

The entire University was forced to adapt quickly to Covid-19, and everyone rose to the challenge. We have now moved into the ‘recovery phase’; our Energy team are working hard to reopen buildings, so that we can welcome back staff and students to campus. This new phase presents a fresh challenge, that we must all …

Energy- A Universal Challenge?

A guest post by Ben Robinson, a PhD student within the Food, Water, Waste Research Group. Ben discusses his recent work in Nepal and the social, environmental and economic intersections he found there.  Energy and sustainability are like peanut butter and jam, fish and chips or eggs and bacon (for you bacon lovers out there), they …

What the heck is a hedgehog tunnel?

Hannah Constantin, from the faculty of Engineering and the Hedgehog Friendly Campus group, gives tips and inspiration for engaging with the hedgehogs in your garden. If you’ve clicked on this article, you’ve taken your first step towards tracking hedgehogs in your own garden!  Read on to learn all about it…   What’s the problem? Hedgehog …

Gardens in the Sky

Did you know that we have more than 10 green roofs across a number of our building on both University Park and Jubilee Campus. Green roofs aren’t anything new and we have been covering roofs with vegetation for centuries, whilst those early installation provided protection from the elements and good insulation they were neither waterproof …

What if modern slavery is funding fast fashion?

Guest post by Amelia Watkins, director of UoN Against Slavery, for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 at The University of Nottingham.  Our world is broken.  Oxfam reported that the top 26 people in the world own the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of humanity.  In this bottom half of humanity, the ILO cited poor working …

£1.35 million project to deliver 1,150 tonnes of carbon due to go live

Carbon Reduction Manager, Martin Oakes, talks about the latest carbon reduction project that will deliver significant carbon savings. The main boiler house at Sutton Bonington which used to house a waste incinerator now houses two combined heat and power (CHP) units which will produce heat and electricity for use at the campus. This £1.35m project will deliver around …