Power down for Christmas

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 kWhthat’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.

Power down for Christmas

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.

 

COMMITTED TO ENERGY SAVING

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

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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Staff & Student Recycling Survey