Transport: We are already late to the party

David Grant is a Professor of Materials in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. He is also Director of the University of Nottingham’s Beacon in Propulsion Futures: a cross faculty initiative integrating over 100 researchers from different disciplines.   To quote Bob Dylan “the times they are a changin’ ” and perhaps …

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 …

Renewable Technology on Campus

This summer, the Estates Development Framework (EDF) was published; its role is to provide direction for future University development and management by setting core goals. The overall theme of the EDF is ‘evolution without a carbon footprint’, and you can read it here.   To support the vision of the EDF, and to support the University’s …

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 …

Some Sustainable Listening

Our Student Communications and Engagement Assistant, Meg, is a podcast enthusiast. Here, she introduces a new feature to our newsletters:   It is embarrassing how many times my sentences start with, ‘so I was listening to this podcast…’, and it generally results in an eye roll from my friends. I think podcasts are a great …

A look back on a year of sustainability at Nottingham

2016 seems to be developing a bit of a poor reputation. Doing its best to fly in the face of all this bad news, the University of Nottingham shared the best results for the National Student Survey to date, the launch of a book charting the history of the University, not to mention news of a …

Career profile: Majid Zeighami

Continuing the series of guest posts from alumni working in the field of sustainability, Majid Zeighami talks about his career path following his Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng. What is your role, how long have you been in it and where are you based? In September 2013, I started my career with Schneider Electric UK&I on …

Environmental Sustainability Project Management NAA Module – is it for you?

Environmental sustainability is becoming more prevalent and gaining importance within the workplace. Do you want to gain some vital experience in this area and prepare yourself for your next step? The University of Nottingham is one of the “greenest” universities in the world, and so are in a perfect position to help provide an excellent advantage …

Off for Christmas

It’s hard to escape the flurry of Christmas-related activity, but as the Christmas break approaches, the Sustainability team are making preparations that don’t relate to turkey, trees or tinsel. Historically, the University closes for around 11 days between Christmas and the New Year. With virtually all buildings closed and normal activity suspended, this offers a …