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Category Archives: Carbon Management

Sustainable research: cycling forward

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog post by PhD researcher Anna Belcher  185 miles, 8 counties, 3 ‘road closed signs’,1 ford, 1 muddy track and 1 squished banana…what an excellent ride! The carbon cutting cycle is complete! On Friday evening, I set off from my home in Basingstoke, heading north on my trusty steed ‘Merlin the Brave’ to cycle to […]

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Turning my carbon footprint into a carbon wheelprint

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog post by PhD researcher Anna Belcher  With one week to go before the UK Antarctic Science conference, it is time to turn all my rants about sustainability and low carbon impact into a reality! On Friday 1 July, I will be hopping on my trusty bicycle and beginning the 200 mile cycle from my home […]

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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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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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7 ways to make a sustainable start to the year

By Julia Kendal |

At Southampton, we bring our students and staff together to deliver ground-breaking and award winning sustainability initiatives. Here’s seven ways you can play your part, starting today: Switch off – remember to switch off computers and lights when you’re not using them. Our annual Blackout event – run by more than 250 volunteers – highlights the […]

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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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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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Make a Difference Day

By Jessica Lobo |

Last week Sustainability Action teamed up with the Student Union’s Ethical and Environmental Committee to take part in Freshers’ week.  ‘Make a Difference Day’ on Thursday was buzzing with students finding out about safe and sustainable ways to travel, getting involved with RAG and joining in with the many charity, campaign and conservation societies that […]

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