Complete a short survey and you could win HOME vouchers!
We’re conducting a survey about ‘Give it, don’t bin it’ – a Manchester student-move out and recycling campaign, so we can better it for this upcoming year. Even if you’ve never heard of the campaign, we’d still like your feedback!
Everyone who completes the survey and leaves their name & email, will be entered into a prize draw to win 5 £10 HOME vouchers(you can use these for cinema tickets, food, beer, wine etc.!) Winners will be emailed after the 31st January.
Your feedback is really important to us and we will use it to make improvements to the campaign.
It’s that time of year again to make a New Year’s resolution for a fresh and healthy new start, but how to stick to it is the question. We thought we would make it easy for you with Veg Box People’s fresh local veg box– brought to you on campus every week!
All of Veg Box People’s produce is grown organically, meaning it is great for long-term soil health, biodiversity and great for us too. Because the veg is produced locally (some within 3 miles), it is super fresh, so as well as being healthy it really holds its taste. Once you start eating local organic veg you won’t want to go back to supermarket veg!
This is all possible because of their strong relationships with the local farmers. Veg Box People are working with local farmers to help them plan their crops and pay them fairly for their hard work and delicious veg – making it the fairest veg in town. So signing up to Veg Box People is more than just a weekly veg box, it’s joining a healthy and fair food revolution – which will give you an amazing boost into 2017!
Order your veg box now at http://vegboxpeople.org.uk/vegboxes alternatively meet them at the weekly collection points every Thursday (11:15 – 12:30 outside Brooks building and 13:00 – 14:30 outside the Business School).
Wishing you a very happy, healthy and tasty New Year!
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Whoever you are, you can take steps to save energy this Christmas!
Last Christmas break, between 24 Dec – 5 Jan, while many of us were at home relaxing and full of Christmas cheer, the university consumed 725,333 kWh – that’s enough electricity to cook 210,826 roast dinners!
However, 30% of this could have been saved.
With your help we think we can reduce this, saving energy and money.
What you can do?
Here are some useful tips:
Unplug all non-essential electrical appliances e.g. TV, microwave
Close all the windows
Turn heating off completely
Make sure all the taps are turned off
Clean out the fridge/freezer and check nothing is left in it
Turn off the lights when you leave
Dispose of all recycling and rubbish (to make sure your flat still smells nice after the break!)
You may want to pull together a Christmas shutdown procedure for your office or department – agreeing who will be responsible for ensuring all these things are done.
At Manchester Metropolitan University we are committed to reducing our negative impact on the environment which includes emissions and discharges such as Carbon. Our commitment is outlined in our Environmental Sustainability Strategy through targets such as 50% less carbon by 2020.
Over the past few months the Estates department have completed the roll out of over 1700 LED light fittings across Sandra Burslem and Geoffrey Manton. The project which was funded through a Salix/HEFCE Revolving Green Fund, will help the University meet its energy and carbon targets by saving 292 tonnes of Carbon per year (The equivalent of Platt Lane’s annual carbon emissions).
The new LED lights are 60% more efficient that the replaced fittings, whilst providing a greater quality of light output. The project also included the installation of an intelligent lighting control system which allows each light fitting to be individually controlled, helping to further reduce wastage.
The Environment Team manages a revolving Salix Energy fund with an annual budget of approximately £150k. This helps to fund energy efficiency improvements across the campus, such as; insulation, lighting upgrades, heating controls and energy efficient IT equipment. Over the past 8 years the University has delivered 92 Salix projects which amounts to annual carbon savings of 1,800 tonnes CO2e.
In order to access the fund, each project needs to demonstrate a return on investment in 5 years based on the estimated energy savings. If you would like to suggest an energy saving project for your building/office, please feel free to contact the Energy and Environment Officer, email@example.com, 0161 247 4605.
Thank you to all who participated in our termly swap last week. Pop Swap has been a regular offering from the Environment Team since 2013, where we have been promoting zero waste and supporting charities with donations of leftovers – ensuring nothing goes to waste.
Over 40 swappers came along, bringing more than 300 items and more than half of them were re-homed on the day. The leftover items have been donated to the British Heart Foundation and Goodstock, a youth charity, with a store on Oxford Road.
We were also collecting for homeless charity Mad Dog Street Project’s sock drive. Items that are usually in short supply were collected to support Manchester’s homeless community. These included 2 boxes of socks, gloves, hats and underwear.
In delivering Pop Swap we work closely with our Student Sustainability Ambassadors. This is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable experience working with sustainability professionals and like-minded students. You can find out more this paid opportunity and get involved here.
The next Pop Swap will be on Wednesday 8th February, more details here. See you there!
Items donated to the British Heart Foundation
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Telling our stakeholders about the journey we take to achieve our sustainability goals is incredibly important to us! It helps us articulate our performance, vision and strategy, and is a great way of engaging our stakeholders.
We have transformed our approach toward sustainability reporting over a number of years, and have worked hard to communicate complex data effectively – to share our performance and achievements with our staff, students, and the rest of the Higher Education (HE) sector. 86% of Manchester Met’s students now think that we are an environmentally sustainable University!
We take a performance-based approach, reporting transparently- telling our audience about the good as well as the bad, and communicate robust data that demonstrates our progress and backs our performance claims.
We see it as vital in achieving a sustainable HE sector- nationally and internationally. Sustainability reporting enhances our accountability for our impacts, and helps to drive progress in the sector.
Please complete our short survey on recycling to be entered in to a prize draw to win cinema tickets to HOME MCR.
We’re gathering feedback on our current recycling practices across campus and in student accommodation, which will influence new training and communications.
Currently we are recycling 46% of all our waste but we have a target of 60% by 2020. While the majority of staff and students recycle well, we are still having issues with contamination which can often result in recycling being disposed of as general waste.
There are also legislative changes which will require us change how we recycle on campus, including the segregation of glass which will prevent contamination and boost the amount of waste which can be recycled.