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newsletter, a condensed look at sustainability at the University of Leeds.
Welcome to the March newsletter! In this newsletter, you can find out more about the projects and events we worked on throughout March in order to equip staff, student and external partners with sustainability knowledge and skills.
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Sustainability Labs Working Group and Sustainability Forum returns
The Sustainable Labs Working Group brings together researchers, technicians, academics and services from across the university to share best practice by working collaboratively to improve the sustainability of the University's labs. The group had its first meeting of the year in February to share updates and identify the key issues with creating a more sustainable laboratory network. The Working Group would like to engage as many lab users as possible in the sustainable laboratory network.
Linking up with the S-Labs Working Group, the Sustainability Forum returns in April and the theme will be ‘Sustainability in the Lab’. It will be a fantastic opportunity to find out more about how technicians and researchers at differing campus laboratories are reducing the negative environmental and social impacts their facilities impose. If you are interested in joining the group or finding out more about the opportunity, please email Joshua West at email@example.com.
New tenants on campus
Have you spotted the two peregrines nesting on the Parkinson Tower? There is a pair of peregrines, a male and a female nesting on the Tower and they even got their ‘own’ Twitter account - to follow their adventures, follow @UoLPeregrine. Thank you to Paul Wheatley for the picture of the peregrine!
The ducks are also back at the pond next to the Roger Stevens building. Tweet us your best pictures of birds you spot on campus and be featured on our Instagram page!
'Inspiring Women' writing competition
Do you have inspiring women in your life? Whether it’s someone you work with, live with or someone you don’t know personally but have inspired you in your life – send your story to the Sustainability Service to celebrate them and their many achievements, linking up with International Women’s Day (8th March).
Stories should be between 250-1,000 words. This competition is open to staff, students and the general public. A selection of the best stories will be published on the Sustainability Service’s blog and in our monthly newsletter. Submission deadline: 31st March. For more information or to submit an article please contact the Sustainability Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual travel survey
The University online travel survey will be opening shortly which is conducted by the Sustainability Service annually. The survey is really important to help the University gather data both on travel patterns and obtain vital feedback from staff and students on how we can reduce the impact of the travel that takes place as part of all University operations from commuting to business travel. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to fill in and helps to shape future priorities, projects and research as part of the University Travel Plan. The survey link will be sent out via an all staff email on Monday 25th April and will close on Friday 29th April.
You can enter the prize draw to win 1 of 4 Fitbit chargeHR’s which can help track all-day activity like heart rate, steps, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes by entering your email at the end of survey.
Sustainability Dissertation Workshop
The Sustainability Service will be running a ‘Dissertation Ideas Workshop’ on Thursday, 28th April to provide students the opportunity to discuss final year project themes, generate ideas, and find out more about how sustainability topics can be incorporated. All students are welcome to attend! If you are interested please register on the Eventbrite. If you have any questions about the event please e-mail Shara Samra (S.R.Samra@leeds.ac.uk) or Josh West (J.West1@leeds.ac.uk).
Commercial Services Student Sustainability Architect role
The Sustainability Service with the Commercial and Campus Support Service is now seeking to appoint two Student Sustainability Architects who will provide support for implementing sustainability projects and support external accreditation activity, specifically around Fairtrade and food sustainability. To apply for this post, please submit a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the person specification to email email@example.com. Click here to download the job description.
Community Capacity Building through Mentoring
Since the launch of the Sustainability Service’s Community Mentoring Scheme in November, we have received a great deal of interest from University staff and community organisations wanting to benefit from this exciting new development opportunity. We have successful matched seven local community organisations with a University staff mentor.
Organisations involved to date include an educational centre for lifelong learning and community support, a community arts venue supporting live local music and writers of all varieties, a community interest company promoting social inclusion through mixed ability sports, an organisation supporting people to live a happy, healthy, creative lives through engaging with yarn craft, and an educational charity supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to discover their aspirations. Over the duration of these relationships University staff will be supporting these organisations with specific areas of work. These include developing communications and marketing plans, developing strategic approach to funding, improving volunteer recruitment, developing an improved social media presence, and general business support. University staff from all professional backgrounds are currently involved including teaching, research and administrative staff.
Effective mentoring benefits everyone involved. At the core is the relationship between the mentor and the mentee. Through the development of the mentoring relationship participants gain from having an outside perspective to realise both their business and personal potential, grow their capacity, develop skills and capabilities and ultimately better support local communities through the organisations involved. This scheme is being delivered by the Sustainability Service which has a strategic commitment to ensure the University is a positive partner in society and our knowledge and expertise is utilised to benefit local communities. For more information about the scheme and how you can make an application visit the Sustainability Service webpages. http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/
Student blogs: Tami shares her involvement with sustainability at the university
“Hi, I’m Tami Pein a first year Environment and Business student. I chose to study at Leeds because of the fantastic Earth and Environment Department and all the great opportunities to get involved in environmental ventures at the University. My first year so far has definitely exceeded all expectations..." To read Tami's whole blog post click here.
Have your say - University landscape
What would you like the outdoor spaces on campus to look like? Have your say and help contribute to the University's new Landscape Strategy - find us on campus on the 21st and 22nd April and share your ideas with us!
Going home for Easter?
The countdown has begun to the end of most tenancy agreements and moving day is on the horizon for many students. To reduce some of the hassle of moving, why not take some of your belongings home now if you are going home for Easter? You could also start thinking about giving your unwanted items to charity items in your local area or LUU’s Charity Shop.
Visit Leave Leeds Tidy’s website to get some useful tips and information on how you could reduce the amount of waste created during moving day. Remember, you can always contact the Sustainability Service at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like advice on how to minimise landfill waste when moving houses.
22nd March: Shared Space – Join Shared Space for an evening of presentations for an opportunity to share and discuss work-in-progress with a multi-disciplinary audience. There will be a series of 10-minute (max) presentations, followed by opportunities for feedback and discussion. For more information please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shared-space-tickets-21556397766.
21st April - 22nd April:: University Landscape Strategy pop-up event - Have your say and share your ideas with us on campus!
21st April: Sustainability Forum - 'Sustainability in the Lab' Chemistry West SR 1.80, 1pm to 2pm. Feel free to bring your lunch!
23rd April: Summat 2016 - A full day of guest speaker panels, workshops hosted by groups from Leeds and further afield, films, art, singing and lots in between for all ages! Visit the event’s website for more information: http://www.leedsforchange.org.uk/l4c_event/summat-2016/.
27th April: SRI Seminar: ‘Electric City to Future City: Utopian Ideas and Realities in the City of Glasgow’ – The Sustainability Research Institute’s next seminar on the future of cities, held at School of Earth and Environment Seminar Room 8.119 between 4-5.15pm. For more information please visit http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/research/sri/sri-seminars/Event/?SemID=405.