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A year of sustainability action

By Julia Kendal |

2014/15 has been a busy year of action for sustainability at Southampton! Hundreds of students and staff have been involved in a diverse range of activities including: Joining with 250 people to switch off office equipment left on unnecessarily across four different campuses (in return for free hoodies and pizza!) at the Southampton Blackout. Free […]

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NUS Sustainability Roundtable: celebrating progress, spurring on to more

By Julia Kendal |

On the 18th June around 100 students and Students’ Union and university staff gathered in Manchester for the annual NUS Sustainability Programmes Roundtable. Simon Kemp and I were able to join this day celebrating a year’s activity and providing inspiration and ideas for action going forward. The parallel sessions were streamed to help people tailor […]

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BioBlitz 2015: Hundreds search for Southampton’s wildlife

By Julia Kendal |

On Saturday 5th June over 200 people gathered on the University’s Highfield Campus to hunt for local wildlife. The Southampton BioBlitz brought together the public and wildlife experts to search for and identify mini-beasts, birds, bats, plants, moths and much more on the University campus and adjacent area of the Common. To mark the beginning of […]

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What’s coming up in 2015?

By Julia Kendal |

After a Christmas break, we’re looking forward to a busy year ahead at Sustainability Action. Read on to find out more about just some of the activities coming up in the next term… The annual sustainability awareness survey will be launched in January. Take 10 minutes to complete the survey for your chance to win prizes […]

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All blacked out!

By Julia Kendal |

On Friday 14th November over 250 students and staff blacked out Highfield, Winchester School of Art, Avenue and Boldrewood campuses! Back for its third year, Blackout sees hundreds of volunteers giving up their Friday night to audit and switch off electrical equipment left on in offices and computer rooms. Beginning in 2012 in 34 building […]

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‘A major milestone’ – University achieves EcoCampus Platinum

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by Greg Sandford, Carbon Management  Communications Lead The University now sits alongside some of the world’s leading companies – including Rolls Royce and Lloyd’s Register – having reached the international standard for environmental management. The institution has been awarded EcoCampus Platinum, following almost three years’ work to implement the environmental management system (EMS) and an […]

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Did you see the purple lightbulbs? Promoting our investments in carbon reduction

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by Greg Sandford, Carbon Management  Communications Lead Hopefully those of you who have been on our campuses over the last couple of months will have noticed the purple lightbulb tags celebrating our investments to reduce the University’s carbon emissions. We know that staff and students are almost a bit ‘snow-blind’ to all of the […]

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Hundreds from the community survey biodiversity on campus

By Julia Kendal |

On the 13th and 14th June, the first ever Southampton BioBlitz welcomed over 100 people onto the Highfield Campus to explore local biodiversity. Local experts and university scientists helped nature lovers from around the city take part in the surveys and to understand local plant and wildlife. The event began with a bat walk on […]

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A successful Waste Wars VIII

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by SUSU Ethical and Environmental Committee As mentioned in Jessica’s post on Sustainability Week, on the 19th February we had the annual Waste Wars event. This is an audit of waste streams from across the university campuses and halls of residence which is now in its eighth consecutive year. A team of 58 enthusiastic […]

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Sustainability Week – and a whole lot more!

By Jessica Lobo |

February has been a busy month so far for sustainability at the University, and with the HEA Conference on Educating Global Citizens being hosted here next week, the excitement is far from over! Kicking off the month with Sustainability Week, the Ethical and Environmental committee organised a week full of activities at the Students Union. Games […]

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