COMMITTED TO ENERGY SAVING

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, c.donnelly@mmu.ac.uk, 0161 247 4605.

 

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Pop Swap supporting Manchester’s homeless community

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!


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Pop Swap supporting Manchester’s homeless community

Green Gown Awards 2016–Sustainability Reporting–Manchester Metropolitan University–Highly Commended

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 are especially pleased to be highly commended for our most recent Environment Sustainability Statement 2014 – 2015 at this years Green Gown Awards from the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges.

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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.

Manchester Metropolitan University Environmental Sustainability Statement 2014 – 2015

You can see a list of all the winners from the 12th Green Gown Awards held in Leicester here.


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Staff & Student Recycling Survey

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.

Please follow the survey link applicable to you.

Staff members: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K2GR9C9

Students living in Halls: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KDHHWX9

Students living in Private Accommodation: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K2WPN55

To be entered in to the prize draw please leave your name and email at the end of the survey.


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December Foodbank Collections at Manchester Met

From 1st – 23rd December, you can help the local Manchester Central Foodbank by donating non-perishable food and toiletries to the collection point in All Saints Library reception.

1 in 5 of the UK population live below the poverty line. Your donations will be used to help local people in need over the Christmas period.

Where can I donate?

Staff and students in Manchester can donate at All Saints Library reception.

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What can I donate?

You can donate any unopened and non-perishable items, but the foodbank really need:

  • Whole Milk (UHT)
  • Long Life Fruit Juice (long life carton)
  • Tinned Rice Pudding
  • Instant Coffee
  • Tinned Meat
  • Tinned Fish
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Basic Toiletries (especially woman’s sanitary products, shampoo, shower gel, baby wipes, and nappies)

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Manchester Central Foodbank

Manchester Central Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks across the UK. You can find about more about the Foodbank and their great work here.

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FINAL CLOTHING AND BOOK SWAP OF 2016

Our final swap of 2016 will be taking place on Wednesday 30th November from 3 – 5pm in Geoffrey Manton.

Pop Swap is a pop-up clothing and book swap held termly on Manchester Metropolitan University’s campus run by the Environment Team in collaboration with our Student Sustainability Ambassadors. Open to all we have been celebrating second-hand, promoting zero waste and discouraging buying new since 2013. We also support local charities through donations ensuring nothing leftover is wasted or thrown away.

In addition to the swap, we will also be collecting items for Manchester’s homeless community supporting Mad Dog Street Project’s sock drive. If you can donate, please bring only any clean socks, hats, gloves and underwear and we will pass these on to be distributed over the winter months.

Bring any clean, intact, unloved items of clothing, shoes, accessories and books (up to 15) and receive tokens to exchange for new (well new to you). Swapping will begin at 3pm; items can be exchanged for tokens from 2pm.

Leftover items will be donated to support local charities included Goodstock on Oxford Road.

More information about our swap and how you can get involved can be found herewww.mmu.ac.uk/bigimpact/popswap

Alternatively join our Facebook event page here.

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FINAL CLOTHING AND BOOK SWAP OF 2016

MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN ONCE AGAIN MAKES TOP THREE IN THE UNIVERSITY LEAGUE FOR ETHICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE

MANCHESTER Metropolitan has once again been ranked top 3 in the University League based on ethical and environmental performance.

The University is third out of all UK universities in the People and Planet 2016 table,published in The Guardian.

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This means that Manchester Metropolitan has maintained a top three position since 2013, testament to its continued drive to embed sustainability across the University.

The People and Planet University League is the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities that ranks institutions by environmental and ethical performance.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Malcolm Press said: “We are delighted to have once again maintained our position in the top tier of UK universities for commitment to sustainability and the green agenda.

“The People and Planet University League ranking is a wonderful affirmation of the hard work that goes into ensuring that we embed sustainability across everything we do at Manchester Metropolitan: from LED lighting to University-wide recycling; self-cleaning glass to combined heat and power networks in our buildings. Our position shows that the University continues to grow its delivery and breadth to be a top performer in this field.

“We also encourage our students to think globally and to tackle the major environmental issues that the world currently faces across the breadth of our courses.”

From humble beginnings

In 2007, success in environmental sustainability and ethical performance was low at Manchester Metropolitan. The University was 91st in the People and Planet University League, formerly known as the Green League.

By 2013, it was ranked 1st.

Since the appointment of an Environmental Manager, the University has become a leading and award-winning sustainable institution, its policies reflecting the wishes of its students. Now, 42% of waste is reused or recycled and the total carbon emissions has been cut by 23% since 2005, helping towards a 50% reduction target set for 2020. New schemes such as Give It, Don’t Bin It help students to donate leftover food, clothing or books when they move out of student accommodation.

In 2013, the University achieved international recognition in the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges’ Green Gown Awards, picking up the Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change for Sustainability award, and has just been placed second for Sustainability Reporting in the 2016 awards. Manchester Metropolitan was ranked the number one university for ethical and environmental performance in 2013 and has retained a top three position in the People and Planet University League for four consecutive years. It is also the first UK university to achieve the International Environmental Management System ISO14001:2015.

Dr John Hindley, Assistant Director, Estates Management and Sustainability, said: “Sustaining this level of performance, in a highly competitive sector for awards and accolades in sustainability, is fantastic news for Manchester Metropolitan University.

“Our result, which benchmarks sustainability performance across many themes, shows that we continue to grow our reputation as a leading sustainable University. I am very proud to be a part of this success, which is achieved with the help of colleagues and a supportive University leadership.”

About People and Planet

After a sector-wide review of the University League, some key changes were made to the way universities were audited this year. Universities were ranked based on information publically displayed on their corporate websites and from information published within the Higher Education Statistics Agency Estates Management Record (EMR) data set.

People and Planet audited and assessed a wide range of information including policy and procedures, workers’ rights and ethical investment, sustainability education and engagement, carbon management, waste and recycling, energy sources, and carbon and water reduction.

The University was assessed as 100% in Environmental Policy, Sustainability Staff, Auditing and Environmental Management Systems, and Education.

Hannah Smith, People and Planet Co-director Research and Campaigns, said: “Manchester Metropolitan University has once again retained its top three status in the People and Planet University League, an achievement to celebrate proudly.

“The sustainable development we urgently need provides an opportunity for culture shift, one that takes a long-term view – Manchester Metropolitan has laid a foundation for sustainability with robust strategy, transparency and a well-resourced team. This enables them to meet impressive targets in waste reduction or campus carbon management.

“By then bringing an understanding of environmental sustainability into the curriculum, Manchester Metropolitan is meeting the call for a university that enables our students and future communities to meet climate and social justice issues, with solutions.”

How we fared

See how Manchester Metropolitan fared and take a look at the People and Planet league table here.

 


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MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN ONCE AGAIN MAKES TOP THREE IN THE UNIVERSITY LEAGUE FOR ETHICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE