#DidYouKnow 2015 Round-Up

Posted by sbr9 at Jun 25, 2015 03:35 PM |
What you may have missed and what has yet to come.

There’s a lot that goes on within a university and every day we take in new information, images and a slice of cake if it’s someone’s birthday. It’s no wonder that we end up missing out on interesting news or events, so let’s have a look at what we’ve been up to this year and what plans are still in the pipeline!

  • Creation of Brookfield Bug Hotel - Oct 2014
  • Environment Team Volunteering Scheme becomes new Environmental Action Society - Nov 2014
  • Increased our renewable energy production by 19%
  • Student-led Go Green Week encouraging sustainability - Feb 2015
  • Launch of Online Sustainability Course through the Education for Sustainable Development forum - Feb 2015
  • Food growing project Hungry for Change demonstrates huge leaps forward
  • New partnerships with British Heart Foundation to reduce waste at Halls of Residence
  • Bug Hotel spring makeover - May 2015
  • Centre for Medicine on track to be largest Passivhaus building in the UK
  • First ever Student Union and University Sustainability Festival at Brookfield - June 2015
  • Total carbon constumption has decreased by 9%
  • Furniture re-use scheme saves University £86,878
  • Biodiversity in the Urban Environment Seminar - June 2015
  • Staff Travel Day - July 2015
  • Hungry for Change creates a compost heap and Brookfield staff trial kitchen compost bins


So much has happened, but what else have we got to come?

  • Big Pond Tidy 8th July:

We've got an expert from the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust coming down to help us give our Brookfield pond some much needed love and attention. Staff are welcome to attend to help install plants, eat soup provided by Hungry for Change or just learn a little bit about how ponds are great for wildlife!

  • Peregrine and Swift boxes

Our urban campus has great potential for these birds so we're kick-starting some projects with the local ornithological group and the City Council to see what we can do.

  • Launch of NEWTs:

The Network for the Environmental Working Team (NEWT) is a new environmental coordinator network for staff who want to get involved in encouraging sustainability within their department or office. An opportunity to make real change where you can be sure to engage in a two-way conversation with the University and voice your opinion.

If you'd like to learn more about any of the above past or future projects and events, please email us to find out more.

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