Brooks Goes Solar

The University will be installing Solar PV panels on the roof of the Brooks Building starting on Sunday 22nd October. There will be 584 panels covering the roof area of both plant rooms.

These works form part of a wider EU funded Smart Cities project called Triangulum. Triangulum is a five year €25 million Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union to demonstrate cutting-edge smart city technologies and roll them out across the globe. The University is working with 23 European partners from urban municipalities, research institutions and industry to demonstrate ‘smart green growth’ – reducing carbon emissions whilst boosting the economy.

For more info about this project see the Manchester Smart City Mobility film here.

Over a five year period, Triangulum will transform designated urban districts into smart quarters in three ‘lighthouse cities’ Manchester, Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Stavanger (Norway).

Concepts learnt will be transferred to the ‘follower cities’ of Leipzig (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic) and Sabadell (Spain).

As part of the project the University will also be installing a Lithium Ion battery outside the Energy Centre. This innovative project will help the University store any excess electricity generated and avoid peak time electricity charges. The battery unit will be installed in early 2018.  Learning from the project will be shared with other project partners and across Europe.

PV installation start date: 22nd  October. Due to last approx. 5 weeks.

The peak electrical output of the PV array is 157 kWp. At its peak output it should supply approx 30% of the Brooks Building electricity demand.

Expected annual carbon savings = 47 tonnes of CO2. The is the equivalent of burning 51 tons of coal a year (over the 20 year life expectancy that’s 1000 tons)

Expected annual cost saving= £14,000 p.a

For more information contact Callum Donnelly (Environmental & Energy Officer)

Brooks Goes Solar

GIVE IT DON’T BIN IT shortlisted for award

Our student move out campaign Give it, don’t bin it! has been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Waste Management’s Sustainability & Resource Awards.  These long-standing and well-respected awards are given for outstanding achievement in the sustainability, resource and waste industry.

GIDBI is a collaborative campaign between Manchester Met, the University of Manchester, Manchester Student Homes and Manchester City Council. We work with our charity partners to raise funds and redistribute food to the people who need it.

GIDBI logo

This year a combined total of 1778 kgs of food items have been donated to Manchester Central Foodbank, which is enough to provide an estimated 4,233 meals for individuals in crisis across Manchester.

Since 2012, approximately 540 tonnes of unwanted items have been donated to the British Heart Foundation which could have raised up to £849,400 to support lifesaving treatments and research- a massive achievement for the Give it don’t bin project, and testament to the strength of partnership and commitment of all those involved.

Our Waste & Recycling Team will be the awards ceremony with colleagues from partner organisations on the Thursday 2nd November in London.

Good luck to all involved!


GIVE IT DON’T BIN IT shortlisted for award


Our Cyclists’ Breakfast events reward current cyclists and actively encourage newcomers.

All staff from the Universities, Central Manchester NHS, RNCM and the Manchester Science Partnerships are welcome to join us for a free cyclists’ breakfast at a location on the Oxford Road Corridor, every first week of the month. Come along for breakfast, receive the latest news and meet fellow cyclists.

Next event:

  • Wed 1ST Nov – Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University

Register for your free breakfast here.




Recently we have installed new labelling and instructions on our bins, this was to make it easier for you to recycle on campus, reduce contamination and help us reach our target of 60% recycling of waste by 2020.

To understand how well we recycle, we often need to get in the bin. Through recycling audits, looking at what we throw away, we can understand how well we are doing, what mistakes we are still making and what needs to be done to help us improve.

With the support of Library Services’ staff, we have identified a number of well-used recycling hubs to analyse. To do this we are looking for volunteers to help us sort the waste from recycling hubs, the more people involved, the better the data we collect.

Join us on Wednesday 25th October from 1 – 3pm in All Saints Park. All protective clothing will be supplied and you will receive a full briefing on how to conduct this safely.


If you are interested in getting involved please let us know by emailing

Free sustainable gift for all those who take part!


Winner’s of our Travel Competition!


Hello and welcome to all students, both new and returning.

It was great meeting you all at the welcome events this September and October- hopefully you’ve settled into university life and are using your reusable bags and water bottles!

The Environment Team’s monthly newsletter will tell you about events and campaigns at the university and in Manchester, as well as give you tips and advice about living sustainably. Thanks for signing up and we hope you see you in the near future.


As part of our welcome events, we ran a travel competition where students could sign up to our monthly newsletter and be entered into a competition to win 1 of 4 prizes.

Four winners have been chosen at random – congratulations to you all!

Bicycle – Daniel Ocampo

Railcard – Jess Pilkington

Bus Pass – Maria Vakali 

Trainers – Dakota Deal

If you are a winner, an email will be sent to you this week with all the details that you need.  We hope you enjoy your prizes!


If you need any information about traveling to Uni or around Manchester and Crewe, please visit our student travel website.



Winner’s of our Travel Competition!

Exchange old for new at Pop Swap!

Our FREE clothing and book swap take place on Tuesday 21 November (12 – 2pm) in Geoffrey Manton, All Saints Campus.


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.


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 12 sharp!


Leftover items will be donated to support local charities including Goodstock on Oxford Road and the British Heart Foundation.


As usual at this time of year, we will be collecting winter items for the homeless. Please donate any clean & intact coats, hats, gloves, scarfs, new socks & underwear. In exchange, we will allow you to take an item for yourself from our swap.

More information about our swap and how you can get involved can be found here

Alternatively join our Facebook event page here.

Check out photos from our previous swaps:

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Exchange old for new at Pop Swap!

Have Your Say

28860352If you are a cyclist and would like an opportunity to voice your thoughts or concerns about cycling and cycle provision at Manchester Met, or have an idea about how we can improve cycle facilities and encourage more people to try cycling to work or University, us this space to do so.

Manchester Met do not currently have an active Bicycle User Group (BUG). If you are interested in initiating a BUG for this university, please get in touch and let us know. Email

Have Your Say