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Category Archives: Campus

Highfield Campus BioBlitz

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog post by Oliver Cockroft, BioBlitz Intern On Wednesday 8 June the annual Highfield campus BioBlitz event took place. The aim of the day was to record as many different species present on the campus as possible. In recent years, the total number of species has been over 300. To aid in the species […]

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Why waste time on electronic waste?

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by Tamsin Stevens, WEEE intern  For those of you in your first year of University, can you believe how quickly the year has gone?! With exams just around the corner, it will soon be the long summer break you’ve all be waiting for! For those of you who will be moving out of halls […]

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Are you changing the world for the better? We want to give you an award.

By Julia Kendal |

Are you volunteering with a local community initiative? Are you trying to teach social justice issues in an innovative way? Is your research looking at local or global sustainability challenges? If ‘yes’ to any of those questions, we want to hear about it and give you an award. The Sustainability Action Awards recognise and celebrate students […]

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Coming up in 2016

By Julia Kendal |

After the Christmas break, we’re rested and ready for another exciting year at Sustainability Action. Here’s a look at just a few of the things you can be involved in during the months ahead
 The first ever student-led sustainability research conference! The ‘Educating Global Citizens’ Conference on 15th April provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate […]

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To reuse or not to reuse that is the question

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by Carolyn Couch, Waste & Recycling Manager at the University Have you heard of Warp It? Warp It is an online system, which helps the University redistribute, reuse and recycle surplus redundant furniture and equipment.  In 2015 use of  helped us reuse 4.484 tonnes of furniture and equipment that would otherwise have been recycled […]

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Swap Shop coming soon!

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by Amy Paraskeva, SUSU Ethical and Environmental Officer The first Swap Shop of the year is just around the corner and it’s even more exciting than ever! Swap Shop has been running since 2013, where students and staff could donate their old unwanted clothes in exchange for new ones. This year it will […]

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Thank you to all the volunteers who took part in this year’s Blackout

By Julia Kendal |

A big thank you to all the volunteers who took part in this year’s Blackout. More than 220 students and members of staff took part in the event on Friday 13 November which spanned five campuses – Highfield, Avenue, WSA, Boldrewood and, for the first time ever, the Somers Building at Southampton General Hospital. The Blackout team worked hard going round the buildings and […]

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The Social Innovation Challenge

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by Josie Francis, Programme Manager for the Social Impact Lab Do you have an idea for a project to improve liveability and sustainability at the University of Southampton? Would you like to represent the University of Southampton at the Social Innovation Summit in Toronto, Canada? On Wednesday 4th November, the Social Impact Lab, […]

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What is WEEE?

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by Carolyn Couch, Waste & Recycling Manager at the University When I mention WEEE I sometimes get a strange look from those that are not involved in managing waste.  However it is becoming better known that WEEE is the acronym for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and that there are laws to […]

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Sabbatical Officer Sustainability Training

By Imogen Dinham-Price |

It is that time of year again, when the ever effective sustainability training of sabbatical officers takes place, and I am pleased to announce every Sabb (bar one- they will be trained in due course!) has ‘passed’ their sustainability training! The aim of the session was to improve the Sabbs’ existing knowledge and understanding of […]

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