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Welcome to the Sustainability Newsletter - A condensed look at sustainability at the University of Leeds.

Welcome to the January Newsletter! In this edition we aim to showcase some of the amazing things happening right now and highlight ways in which you can get involved with sustainability both on and off campus. 

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Happy New Year!

With exams over and the new term underway, now is the time for making resolutions.  Get involved with new experiences, challenge yourself and pick up new skills for your CV.  Over the next few months we have some exciting new volunteering projects, events and more for students to get involved with across campus and the local community  See our website for details of the opportunities available and how you can sign up.
Student Sustainability Research Conference 2017

We have had an amazing response from staff, students and members of the public with taking part in our Sustainable Perspectives on Future Challenges – Student Conference, coming up on the 3rd February. The poster exhibition and student presentations that we have in store are coming together and cover a wide range of topics from extinctions in the marine realm to community engagement within the curriculum here at Leeds. The programme of activity for the day can be found on our website with information on each performance listed alongside room and timing information.

Posters will be on display in Parkinson Court from 9:30 – 16:30 so come on down and explore the diversity of sustainability research and projects taking place at Leeds!
Green Impact goody bags!
Calling all University of Leeds staff...
Do you want to make a positive difference to your workplace? Register for Green Impact before the end of January and receive a free goody bag containing sustainability prizes! Existing teams who have already signed up for 2016/17 are automatically eligible so no need to re-register.
For more information on the scheme and how you can get involved, click here

Sign up now!
Welcome to our newest team members!

We'd like to give a warm welcome to the newest members of the Sustainability Service, Thom Cooper and Romain Cames. 

Thom is our new Sustainability Programme Officer for the Living Lab project at the University. He's a Chartered Environmentalist who studied for his BSc and MA at the University of Leeds. Before joining the Sustainability Service he spent 9 years at Yorkshire Water leading on environmental management.
His main responsibilities at Living Lab include identifying, developing and managing a programme of innovative projects which integrate sustainability-related research and student education into University operations.

Romain is our new Sustainability Projects Assistant responsible for the Bike Hub. Romain's responsibilities include bike hire and maintenance as well as engaging with staff and students to promote walking or cycling around the city wherever possible.

Keep up to date with their work on our website and blog pages.
Plant Your Own Tree

We have 420 trees that need planting and we need your help!

We are very pleased to announce we have very recently been awarded 420 trees from the Woodland Trust charity. These trees will be used to generate new woodland habitats for wildlife at the refurbished Bodington sports pavilion and brand new cycle track near Oxley Halls of Residence. 
As part of the grand opening we will be running a community tree planting event in March, shortly after the trees will be delivered, to get members of the community involved and excited about the new building currently under construction. There will be a tour of the top of the range facilities as well as drinks and refreshments during the tree planting! If you are interested in volunteering or to find out more information about the event, please register your details with
How well do you know LS6?

With the house hunting season officially underway we are inviting all student to think about how well you know the communities you will be moving to.  Whether you are moving to Headingley, Hyde Park, Burley Park, Woodhouse or somewhere further afield, you will be living amongst a community with a rich and unique heritage of its own. Your neighbours could be like you, young professionals, elderly people or a family. Call around and introduce yourself. You’ll be living next to each other for a year so you might as well call in and say hello! There is also lots to know with running a household for the first time. From knowing when to put your bins out and what goes in them, to how to reduce the risk of burglary, getting on with your neighbours and how to boost your CV through getting involved in local projects - there is lots to learn. We have produced a handy guide with information to help you make the most of your time at Leeds and settle in to the local community.  See a copy of the guide here. Enjoy your time living in Leeds!
First Aid Kits 
Do you have first aid kits in your department, office or lab?  Do you throw away the items which are out of date?  The School of Healthcare would like to collect any out of date bandages, coverings and dressings, safety pins and sterile gloves.  They will be used for the basic first aid training given to all nursing students.
This Green Impact project aims to reduce waste and unnecessary purchasing whilst ensuring that first aid kits are regularly checked.
If you could please post them via internal mail to Tim Knighton, Room 1.17, School of Healthcare, Baines Wing.
Tim’s email is if you have any queries.
Environmental Policy change

At the end of February, the University will be audited against the criteria of the new ISO14001:2015 standard.  To achieve this, a number of changes have been made to make sure we are compliant, one of the most important being a revision of our Environmental Policy.  This policy mirrors the requirements of the new standard and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure we follow it.  Poster versions should be appearing in an area near you, but to see an electronic version, visit our website.  

If you think your building has been missed, please let us know and we can make sure you get a copy sent through by emailing
Student Ambassador wanted!

Are you looking for a part-time internship?

The University is offering Discovery Themes Student Ambassador positions to two individuals this coming February. This is a part-time paid internship starting in February and ending in September 2017 looking for students who have an interest in working to further develop the University’s Discovery Themes. This is a University-wide initiative to contribute to the development of outstanding graduates and scholars who have the knowledge, skills and competences to compete successfully in a demanding employment market.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Jen Dyer (
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Dates for your diary 
  • Friday 3rd February: Student Sustainability Research Conference 2017: A showcase of research, projects and creativity which align with the conference theme – Sustainable Perspectives on Future Challenges. More information found here. 
  • Monday 6th February: Prioritising Human Needs in the Era of Climate Change: An event fcossing on climate change from the needs of people and human well-being. For more information and to register click here.
  • Wednesday 8th February: SRI Seminar: Bauman Institute co-hosting with the Sustainability Research Institute. For the full SRI Seminar programme with other dates and times, visit the website here.
  • Thursday 9th February: Student Eats Conference 2017: Join students and staff in this one off event of talks, workshops and networking will help you gain new skills and connect with others involved with growing food or running a food enterprise. More information here.
  • Friday 10th February: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Volunteer Day: Taking place at Water Haigh Woodland Park this volunteer day involves planting young trees to help reduce rainfall run-off; reduce erosion; and provide improved habitat for wildlife.For more information or to sign up contact the
  • February 27th - March 12th: Fairtrade Fortnight 2017: For more information please click here

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