Trust goes Green
After working successfully last year towards the University's Green Impact Bronze Award, the Trust is now aiming for Silver.
The plan will include further energy audits, a detailed look at use and efficiency of heaters, printers, lights and other energy-eaters, and continued vigilance over paper use.
Staff will also be holding a couple of environmentally-themed events - they recently held a 'Show and Tell' (pictured, right) about recycled objects and use of recycled materials, which included waste bins re-used as garden plant containers, sturdy bins and shoppings bags made from paper and drinks cartons, and biscuit cartons reused as mini-propagators.
Looking at the energy use of the office, the heating system has been adjusted to maintain an even working temperature, without the need for energy-expensive boosts of the boiler. And, in line with many University colleagues, staff are encouraged to keep a jumper or scarf at work for colder days!
One of the Trust's suppliers, PHS Data Solutions, pledged to plant 100 trees for 100 customers; as the Trust was a selected customer, last week a tree was planted in its name, under the Trees for Cities initiative.
Green Impact is the University's environmental accreditation scheme, supporting and encouraging departments, colleges and other institutions across the University to reduce their environmental impacts.