Last year when we launched our Ideas into Action programme, we asked you how we could be a more sustainable university. You replied to us with a whole host of ideas, from urban farming to green exercises. Since then, we have been working with colleagues to develop four ideas into real life projects that will make a big impact on campus.
You can find out more about each project and the progress to date below:
TetraBin – encouraging positive recycling behaviours through gamification
Working with developers at the University of Sydney, we are working on an interactive waste & recycling bin. Together we are developing two LED panels that would be fitted to our existing external bins. Using sensors, users can activate the panel by disposing of their rubbish within the correct opening enabling a game to be played or rewarding them with positive messages. These will be open source and can be reprogrammed by students in the future to display messages or alternative games, creating further opportunities for engagement.
Bats & Owl Boxes – enhancing biodiversity on campus
An idea suggested to provide homes for wildlife already prevalent on our campus. Working with interested parties, including the university’s Biodiversity Management Group, we have located areas to install bat and owl boxes on our Cheshire Campus, having identified Tawny Owls. We have also worked closely with the South Lancashire Bat Group to engage others in our project, with the group leading on a talk and bat walk for staff, students and local community members. Our next step is to install the boxes and monitor them. We are also investigating live streaming, using wireless cameras so we gain an insight into wildlife on our campus.
Vinyl Banners – reducing waste to landfill
This project was developed to find a practical use for waste vinyl banners. Collaborating with a local sustainable fashion collective, Stitched Up, we created useable products in the form of bags and wallets. A display of these will be in the All Saints Sir Kenneth Green Library foyer during December and then will be available to purchase on the MMU Online Shop. We hope to develop this project to look at further options for repurposing the university’s waste.
Cheshire Greenhouse – increasing space for growing food on campus
A project to support the restoration of the Greenhouse to be utilised by the student Sustainability & Growth Society in Crewe. The Greenhouse is used for growing produce, as well as activities to engage other staff and students in food growing. Recently, work has been undertaken to replace rotting beams, and we are now looking to fully insulate the greenhouse for use over the winter months. We will also be looking to install innovative growing technologies.
Find out more about Ideas into Action projects here.
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