Welcome to the Sustainability Newsletter - A condensed look at sustainability at the University of Leeds.
Welcome to the September/October newsletter! Find out more about sustainability-related projects and events we have been involved with throughout September in order to provide our staff, students and the wider community with opportunities to gain sustainability knowledge and skills.
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WELCOME (BACK) TO LEEDS!
From fresher’s fairs and bike hires, to induction talks and module promotions, September 2016 has been a busy time for us at the Service in spreading the word about Sustainability at Leeds.
We have been at events all month talking to new and returning students about how they can get involved in both current and upcoming sustainability projects across campus. Thank you to all who entered our ‘how many Fairtrade coffee beans in the jar’ competition, which attracted some wild guesses! The winners are announced at the end of this newsletter!
We have also been addressing sustainability at school induction talks too, engaging with over 1800 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We are excited for what the new academic year will bring and welcome new and returning students to campus!
To help you do your bit for sustainability, here are our top 5 tips for getting started:
Find out more about our projects! We have lots of opportunities for you to get involved with throughout the year. Check out the link here sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/get-involved/ or follow us on social media.
Hire a bike from The Bike Hub. A quick, easy and sustainable way to get to and from university and to explore the city. Don’t forget your helmet!
Green Impact is a great way to make a direct positive change in your workplace and at the University more widely. It is a nationwide scheme involving Universities and Colleges, allowing teams of staff and students to get together to improve the sustainability of their workplaces. For staff, it is a great way of increasing collaboration in the office or department, while doing something a bit different and enhancing the environment. For students, it is a fantastic way to gain a broad range of transferable skills and get more involved in the University. This year aims to be bigger and better, with increased flexibility and the new addition of the Criteria Bank where teams can choose from a range of criteria to tailor their interests and make it more relevant to them.
You can get involved by becoming a Green Impact Project Assistant, which is a time-flexible role which allows you to gain a number of professional skills. The role is applicable to all students, regardless of degree, all you need is an interest in making a positive change! Successful applicants are assigned to a Green Impact team and are given a variety of tasks depending on their interests, skills and the needs of the team they are working with. Green Impact Project Assistants are being recruited now - find more information and the application form at http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/green-impact/green-impact-student-opportunities/. The application deadline is Monday 10th October 2016.
You can get involved by either joining a Green Impact team, or forming a new one for your office or workplace.
University life for many students involves making a move out into the communities of Leeds with friends and running a household for the first time. Moving into your own home is an exciting time for every student. 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.
To help you make the most of your time in Leeds and settle into the community take a look at Your Guide to Living in Leeds http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Your-guide-v1.pdf. The guide provides information on the essentials of living in Leeds. Students make a great contribution to the City - the University attracts the brightest students from diverse backgrounds. As with every community, some things, such as bins on streets or noisy parties, can still cause problems. This guide gives you advice on how to avoid these. Have a read, pick up some tips and enjoy your time in the City!
Don't let noisy Neighbours affect your studies!
Whether your neighbours are regular or occasional party animals, you don't have to put up with sleepless nights and the effect that has on your studies. Contact the Universities Neighbourhood Helpline (details below) and let us know that you are having a problem. We work with our students to educate and correct negative behaviour to ensure that neighbours can live alongside each other without conflict.
Interested in working in the Sustainability Service?
Sustainability Student Architects are part time paid roles that help the Sustainability Service support the student engagement activities, events and other campaigns and initiatives.
The Sustainability Architects in 2015/16 each focused on a different element of student engagement, including developing a sustainability representative role, increasing sustainability-themed dissertation opportunities across all school, strengthening student voices through political and governance activities, and promoting increased recycling and reuse rates with Halls of Residence. To find out more or read about their progress, visit the Sustainability Architects page of our website: http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/sustainability-architects/
Applications will go live in early October, so keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further information.
With the new term underway, we are again looking for help from students to embed sustainability throughout the University of Leeds campus, community and beyond. We are currently recruiting student volunteers to help us with the delivery of these exciting and far-reaching projects.
We have lots of opportunities available supporting the Green Impact scheme, the Bike Hub and helping students to integrate into local communities, and make a positive impact in society. Volunteering with the Sustainability Service is a great way to make the most of your time at Leeds and to really get involved with innovative, ground-breaking projects across campus, in the community and beyond. All volunteers will be given an induction to sustainability, full training, as well as opportunities to get 'behind the scenes' on a range of projects and activities. See our web page (http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/opportunities/) for more details about these volunteer opportunities and for other ways to get involved. The deadline for applications for this round of volunteer recruitment is noon on the 10th October 2016.
In with the new...
The new academic year sees a few changes to the Sustainability team. We wave goodbye to Gina and Catherine, who both did fantastic work as our Positive Partner in Society Intern and our Green Impact Intern. We wish them both the best of luck for the future.
We also welcome two new interns, Becky Ewan and Issy Petersen-Adams, both of whom have settled in and are eagerly anticipating the year ahead. Becky is an undergraduate studying towards a degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management here at the University of Leeds. Her main responsibility will be to run and expand the Green Impact scheme across the University. Issy has joined the team as a Sustainability Engagement Intern, with her main duties focusing on staff and student engagement with sustainable projects and events across the University.
The University of Leeds have had a Biodiversity Action Plan in place since 2011, and the impact of this plan is evident across the campus. With our new strategic ambition to become ‘an exemplar of urban biodiversity,’ we have reviewed the Action Plan to make sure that we capture the full scope of our works.
Earlier this month, we launched our first Biodiversity Standard, which will direct the University in managing biodiversity across all of our sites. The new Standard accounts for the value of biodiversity, in terms of ecosystem services provided, including benefits such as provision of food and water, climate change mitigation, supporting nutrient cycles and spiritual and recreational benefits to wellbeing. It also links to research and teaching to ensure our students and academics are able to use the campus to develop innovative approaches to biodiversity management in the future.
The University of Leeds Security Services, in partnership with West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council, will launch their Cycle Awareness Campaign in October 2016.
They will be promoting cycle safety and security, and for £15 students can buy a D-Lock and have their bicycle registered to help keep it secure, as well as receiving front and rear lights to help keep them safe.
Students are invited to visit security and police staff at cycle racks around campus between 8-10am and 2-4.30pm on the 24th, 25th and 26th October, where they can sign up and purchase one of the great value packages above.
Did you know that you can purchase reusable KeepCups from any of the Great Food at Leeds cafés on campus for just £6.50? Purchasing a KeepCup is a great way to reduce your impact, you get a free hot drink with your first purchase, and receive 10p off your hot drink every time you shop at the GFAL cafés.
Congratulations to the winner of our 'guess the number of beans' competition Rebecca Freer, who has won a KeepCup, and to Annisa Hasbi, for being our 300th new sign up, who has won a £20 Refresh card or free bike hire.
We will be in touch with you both by email with details on how to claim your prizes!
Dates for your diary
Every Monday: Roof Garden Session - Get involved in Bardon Grange’s community food growing project! All tools are provided but please bring suitable clothing. Location: The Roof Garden, Level 2, Leeds University Union.
Every Wednesday: Sustainable Garden session – Bardon Grange is offering regular weekly edible growing sessions at the Sustainable Garden, every Wednesday from 2 - 6pm (2 - 4pm from November). The sessions are open to everyone.
Monday 10th October:Application deadline for all volunteer roles - Green Impact Project Assistant, Sustainability volunteers and Bike Hub volunteers. Successful applicants will be notified soon after!
5th October: Applications open for Student Sustainability Architects.
17th - 21st October: Welcome to Leeds week. Sustainability volunteers take time out to chat to residents about the Sustainability Service and what we do.
24th - 26th October: Cycle awareness week, 8am - 4:30pm. Students can visit police and security at bike racks to purchase a safety package and have a chat about safety on and off campus.