To achieve the long term aims of our Sustainability Strategy and become a more sustainable university, we need to support our staff and students to have an understanding of sustainability issues, knowledge of how to be more sustainable in their lives, and a want to be.
Our Communications & Engagement Strategy establishes the Estates and Facilities Division’s strategy for communicating environmental and energy messages, including those related to our Environmental and Energy Management System. It highlights our target audiences, communication channels, how we keep up-to-date with sector best practice, details of our main initiatives and programmes and related documents. It also contains a matrix of our current events and campaigns, an action plan and a campaign planning template.
Explore the different areas below to find out more about the various campaigns and events we run, as well as how you can get involved and make a difference in improving our environmental performance.
The University of Salford takes part in the national sustainability accreditation scheme Green Impact, which is run nationally by the NUS. It’s a simple, fun and flexible way for departments and teams to improve their environmental performance, promote sustainability at the University and engage with the University community. To find out how easy it is to get involved click here.
Taking part benefits the University, including providing opportunities for students to gain valuable skills by volunteering as Green Impact Auditors.
Staff who participate in Green Impact receive regular newsletters. Here are the newsletters from the current cycle of Green Impact:
Find out more about the awards ceremony for the 2017-18 cycle of Green Impact here.
To view the newsletters and other useful resources for the 2018 cycle to Green Impact, check out our Padlet site.
Staff form teams across the University and work through an online toolkit of actions together. A team can be any size and can cover an office, building, department, or even a whole School or Division.
For most teams the office toolkit will be the most relevant, which contains actions within different sustainability themes (Energy & Water, Waste & Recycling, Travel, Communications, Procurement and Health & Wellbeing).
Each action is allocated either 5, 10 or 15 points and the team decides which actions to complete; the total number of points a team achieves will determine whether they receive a ‘working towards Bronze’ accreditation, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum award.
We have a number of specialist toolkits for teams who are based in labs or catering outlets, as well as one for the Grounds department. These toolkits provide more appropriate sustainability actions for these departments. If you decide to complete more than one toolkit, you will need to set-up a separate profile for each toolkit; contact Neva for more information on how to manage this.
We have added a ‘Getting Started’ section which contains actions to help improve your Green Impact experience and get started with the programme. If you are new to Green Impact it is a good place to start, but established teams can also complete these actions and will find them just as useful.
As well as completing actions, teams have the option to implement their own projects, for which they can receive up to 50 points for each project. To do this, teams will need to read the Briefing Document, submit a Project Plan for approval, undertake their project and complete a Project Case Study.
Once they have submitted their toolkits, teams are audited by trained students to ensure their submissions are accurate and to provide them with extra support. All participating teams will be rewarded for their efforts and invited to an awards ceremony.
Explore the section below to find out more about Green Impact and how to get involved.
We are members of WARP-IT (Waste Action Reuse Portal), a redistribution network that works in a similar way to Ebay or Freecycle, but for organisations rather than individuals.
WARP-it makes it easy for departments to give away, loan or claim items unwanted by others within the organisation and beyond.
The scheme encourages reuse, saves money and carbon. You can see our latest performance here.
Have a look at the waste pages to see how else you can help the environment by following the waste hierarchy.
WARPIt webinars are quick online tutorials which you can attend from your desk. See here for the next session.
Mostly reusable furniture, fixtures and fittings, office consumables (such as stationery and ink jet cartridges), but any resource really. As long as it is legal it can be transferred. It is not possible at present to offer electrical items so please contact your Building Manager to discuss sustainable disposal of these items.
If you have any surplus items in your office get them added to the system, or if you are buying something this week search WARP-it to make sure someone else does not have it spare!
Visit our WARP-it homepage and make sure you bookmark it. Hit the big green button which says Register Now. Once you register you will receive further instructions.
Are you involved with a local charity, community group, faith group or club? Are you looking for office furniture or other resources for your charitable social purpose activities? Look no further! WARP-it facilitates the legal and safe transfer of surplus assets to charities and social groups for free.
To sign your local community or charity group up for free visit www.warp-it.co.uk/charities. You have to be a charity, social enterprise, community or faith group delivering a social objective to join. So sports clubs, scouts and brownies and any groups serving a social or charitable purpose can join.
On Friday 10th March 2017 staff and students gathered together to take part in the National Union of Students’ Blackout campaign. After a brief training session and donning their Blackout t-shirts, the volunteers split into teams and went to audit non-essential lights and equipment in their allocated areas. The teams noted down the total number of each type of equipment and the number left on unnecessarily, whilst also switching off certain items such as lights and computer monitors.
Over the evening the volunteers audited Maxwell, Gilbert Rooms, Peel, Newton, Allerton, Crescent House and The Old Fire Station. If you work in one of these buildings you may have found a note on your desk or under your door thanking you for switching off or reminding you to power down at the end of the day. After the audits the teams returned to Atmosphere café where they were rewarded for their efforts with pizzas and drinks.
Analysis of the data collected shows that 35% of computers, 30% of monitors, 15% of projectors and 37% of manual lights were left on unnecessarily in the areas audited. Assuming that this is the case across the whole University, there are opportunities to save £72,869.60 and 393,931 kilograms of CO2 a year if these computers and monitors were switched off over weekends. That’s the equivalent of emissions from 83 passenger cars driven for one year! Savings would be even greater if lights and other equipment were also taken into account and if items were switched off on weekday evenings too. See our infographic for a summary of the results.
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Thanks to all the staff and students that took part in the Blackout event and to everyone that switches off non-essential items!
Each year we run a series of events and activities over a month for 'Go Green Salford', incorporating Go Green week, to raise awareness of sustainability issues and provide opportunities for you to get involved and take action.
Activities for Go Green Salford 2018 took place from Monday 12th February – Friday 9th March and included The Green Tea, veggie pop ups, a bike maintenance workshop, Dr Bike services, walks around Castle Irwell flood basin and Peel Park, a Fairtrade film screening and much more!
For more information about any of the events, please contact Neva Mowl, 0161 295 4233.
Have you ever wondered how green you are? Why not find out!
The HR and Finance Green Impact team have devised a Green Impact self-assessment tool. Through answering questions the tool allows you to discover your level of sustainability, and whether you are a Green Superhero.
The tool has different levels ranging from Green Zero to Ultimate Green Hero. The frequency you perform each green behaviour affects the points you gain from each question, and your overall level. We can always do more to protect the environment, that’s why the tool also provides suggestions of ways to improve, in addition to a green alter-ego.
The tool highlights the importance of making small changes to our behaviour, as through making small changes to our behaviour, we can make a big difference.
We encourage you to try out the self-assessment tool and gain some ideas of how you could become more sustainable, and to share with your colleagues to compare results!
The tips below offer some helpful advice on what you can do in the office to ‘go green’. Some things you will be able to implement straight away, some things you will need buy in from management but even a little can go a long way!
The list is in no way comprehensive, each office is different but many of the ideas could also be applied to your home. If you have any problems or queries, please contact the Sustainability team.
See the results from our latest Blackout audit to see how much energy (and money) we could save if everyone switched off their computers and screens at the end of the day. If you already do this, you can still help by asking colleagues to switch off!
|It's not just important at the end of the day; don’t leave your computer with the screen saver on as a screen saver does not save energy and can use more! Instead switch the monitor off when you lock your computer.
If you are going to be leaving your computer for a significant amount of time (over an hour) please shut it down. Turning a computer off and on doesn’t require any more energy or wear it out quicker!
Even by just 1°C. An office should not be heated above 20°C and a workshop area with physical labour should be no warmer than 12°C. If you feel that you are not getting enough from your heating try getting heat reflective radiator panels (or aluminium foil) to reflect the heat back from the wall behind the radiators into the room.
Although with an initial higher cost the bulbs produce the same amount of light but release 70% less CO2 and have a lifespan 5 times longer. If you notice any tungsten bulbs in your work area or any flickering lights please report to the Energy Manager via the Estates Helpdesk on 54444.
There are a few to look out for but they guarantee that equipment you are buying will in the long-term save money. Look out for Energy Star logo, European Energy label or Ecolabel on products.
These use 50% less energy than CRT monitors and are easier to dispose of.
Consider if documents/emails etc really need to be printed out, bookmark any web pages you may need instead of printing the pages out, and make notebooks from scrap paper. If you do need to buy paper make sure that is has a recycled content of 75% or above, is chlorine free or at least has been sourced from a sustainably managed forest.
As we are a Fairtrade University when buying tea, coffee etc for the office choose Fairtrade options.
Not only do they make the office look nice they also improve the air quality in the room.
Use the correct recycling bins for any waste you produce and where possible reduce or reuse.
There are some great facilities around the campus that use video conferencing, teleconferencing and Skype, contact Digital IT for more information. If travel is necessary consider taking the train which can be up to 75% more CO2 efficient.
If you take your own reusable cup to a SALFOOD Costa or Starbucks outlet you can get 10p off your drink.
The Atmosphere cafe at Unviersity House offers a 20p disocunt if you bring your own cup
You can set electronic reminders and have a tidy desk policy. If you do use something electrical use rechargeable batteries.