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Staff

You should complete our interactive environmental sustainability induction on Blackboard; it is currently being updated but the majority of the information will still be relevant. You can also find out how green you are and discover how you can become more sustainable with the Green Impact self-assessment tool.  

You can also get involved with the Green Impact programme and keep an eye out for when we next take part in Blackout as we always need staff volunteers for this. 

If you have any suggestions for events or campaigns we could run or you would like to engage in the implementation and oversight of our sustainability strategy, please get in touch with Bec Bennett, Environmental Sustainability Officer, or provide any general feedback by email. Trade Union representatives are also encouraged to get in touch if they wish to be involved with this. 

Students

All specific volunteering opportunities are advertised on the Environment and Sustainability Facebook page and Salford Advantage

Examples of volunteer roles include Green Impact Project Officer, Green Impact Project Auditor, Campaigns Officer as well as a variety of projects in Biodiversity, Sustainable Procurement, Fairtrade, Student Engagement, Carbon Management and Sustainable Construction.

We are always grateful for any offers for support for our campaigns such as organising and promoting events so please get in touch via eps-sustainability@salford.ac.uk if you’d like to get involved.

You can also get involved in practical conservation volunteering through the UoS Roots & Shoots Volunteering Society, a student volunteering team specially dedicated to wildlife conservation and environmental action. They were previously known as USECVS (University of Salford Environment and Conservation Volunteering Society) and The Environment Team.

We are also keen to have student views on our strategy and initiatives which we facilitate through a range of Student Union representation on our Sustainability Programme Board. However, if you wish to be involved as well please get in touch with Bec Bennett, Environmental Sustainability Officer, or provide any general feedback by email.

Projects and Dissertations

We also encourage students to tackle a live sustainability issue for their projects or dissertations. Whether you're after an idea for your dissertation, you have an idea for a project or you're looking for one, we can help you make it happen. Our current ideas are listed below but feel free to suggest your own idea.

These projects can be as part of your degree or voluntary and can be done individually or in groups.

To discuss a project with us just get in touch.

Doing your project with us gives you access to data and additional expertise and means that your project will have a real world application. Whether you produce a model that we can use, change policy or procedure, you can be sure that your project will change something that the University does and that will have a lasting impact.

Topics Project Title Scope
Energy, communication Communicating energy data effectively Developing dashboards/screens for various buildings from our AMR data
Waste, communication What happens to our waste? Where does our waste go when we are done with it? Can we reuse more, recycle more, throw away less?
Biodiversity, health, wellness Biophilia – can our campuses make staff and students happier? The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. How can we maximise this at the University of Salford?
Construction Sustainable Construction Policy Review Review the effectiveness of the sustainable construction policy at the University of Salford by evaluating the requirements against a number of construction projects of differing scale.
Energy, carbon Carbon Management Plan Building Log Books Create a series of building log books for the University. The log books should detail lighting schemes, heating and air conditioning.
Communication University Sustainability Trail Review existing online sustainability awareness tools to gauge best practice. Develop and publish, with interested parties, an online sustainability trial or similar to raise awareness.
Biodiversity, health, communication University Tree Trail Review and redevelop the existing tree trail around the University campus and Peel Park including an online resource
Biodiversity, wildlife, natural environment Biodiversity management plan Update the biodiversity baseline using the Biodiversity Index, review the current management plan and recommend updates, develop a communication and engagement plan