Southampton Blackout 2013: ‘pizza driven energy reduction’

SML-Soton-Blackout-SS-NEWThe second Blackout of the University of Southampton, the biggest switch-off and energy audit of this kind in UK higher education, took place on 26 April 2013.

Starting at 7pm, volunteers from staff and student community switched off non-essential lights and electrical equipment that had been left switched on before the weekend.

After the exercise, the participating campuses’ energy use over the 27-28 April weekend would be compared with that of a similar weekend in order to find the amount of energy saved. Last year’s inaugural Blackout saved over £1,600 and seven tonnes of carbon.

SML-Soton-Blackout-SK-pizza-NEWTweeting on 27 April, Simon Kemp, University Sustainability Action Chair, branded the exercise as ‘pizza driven energy reduction’, referring to the post-event pizza treat to the hungry volunteers who had survived a hard-night’s work.

Photographs from tweets by Sustainable Soton @Sustainable_UoS and Simon Kemp‏ @skemp_esd.

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Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) formally launched

SML-Exeter-ESI-launchThe Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Exeter was formally launched on 23 April 2013, six months since it began operations.

 

Led by Professor Kevin J Gaston, this £30-million environmental research institute leads interdisciplinary research on environmental change, striving to enhance the quality of people’s lives by way of improving human-nature relationship. Its research spans three interrelated themes:

  • Clean technologies
  • Natural environment
  • Social science and sustainability

 

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Greening Education Conference and Exhibition: The Foundations of a Sustainable Future

SML-Conf-GreeningEduThe third Annual National Greening Education Conference and Exhibition: The Foundations of a Sustainable Future, presented by Govtoday  in association with The Carbon Trust and Solar Schools, will be held at The Brewery in London (Chiswell Street EC1Y 4SD) on 1 May 2013.

Among the speakers are:

  • Ros Wade (Chair, London Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, and Course Director Education for Sustainability Programme, London South Bank University)
  • Di Dale (Principal and CEO Wiltshire College and Chair Sustainability Portfolio Group, Association of Colleges)
  • Joseph Williams (Education and Behaviour Change Lead, The Carbon Trust)
  • Amy Cameron (Solar Schools Coordinator 10:10)
  • Richard Moore (Project Manager, SEED Sustainability Project, University of Northampton)

Three Master Class sessions will also be held.

Linked to the event is the online forum on Greening Education. Currently, registered delegates debate and discuss the topic What’s the reality, can you save money whilst becoming greener?

If anyone is interested in attending please to contact bookings@govtoday.co.uk quoting code SU8.

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£5m Students’ Green Fund: NUS calls for applications

The National Union of Students (NUS) has called for applications from English students’ unions for sustainability projects. Around 25 two-year projects are expected to be funded from the £5m Students’ Green Fund recently funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

 

Outlined by four key themes, namely student participation, partnership, impact and legacy, the Fund aims to put students in the driving seat for sustainability engagement initiatives while supporting them in their role as agents for change. Its objectives are to:

  • Initiate a step change in student engagement in sustainability issues
  • Enable students to become meaningful agents for change on sustainability issues in higher education
  • Ensure sustainability remains an institutional priority within the sector
  • Put English higher education on the map for its sustainability efforts

 

The key dates are as follows:

  • Deadline for expression of interest: 05 June 2013, 12 noon
  • Final deadline for full applications: 26 June 2013, 12 noon
  • Funding panel meeting: 22 July 2013
  • Steering group meeting: 29 July 2013
  • Notification of results: week commencing 29 July 2013
  • Anticipated start of successful projects: September 2013

 

Through the Students’ Green Fund, the NUS will further advance in its endeavour of creating a social norm of sustainability in institutions while building on its previous initiatives such as Student Switch Off, Green Impact, Student Eats and the sustainable growth programme.

 

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Wales Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) Conference

SML-Wales-ESDGC-ConfPutting Education at the Heart of Sustainability, an Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) Conference by Agored Cymru, will be held at Coleg Morgannwg (Glamorgan College) on 17 April 2013.

 

The event will coincide with the launch of the Welsh legislation for a Single Environment Body – A living Wales – new framework for our environment, our countryside and our seas and the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Development Bill, scheduled to be introduced this autumn.

 

The conference will see a number of speakers, including John Griffiths AM (Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development), Jane Davidson (Director of INSPIRE, Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness, University of Wales Trinity Saint David), Janet Barlow (CEO, Agored Cymru), David Fitzpatrick (CEO, Cynnal Cymru), Peter Davies (Commissioner for Sustainable Futures) and Mark McKenna (Director of Down to Earth Project).

 

The conference will give the delegates a choice four interactive workshops:

  • Embedding ESDGC into Education
  • Measuring Health and Wellbeing
  • Global Learning and ESDGC
  • Global Citizenship: opportunities for gaining QCF qualifications

 

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NEW BOOK: The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects

SML SU-BookThe Sustainable University: Progress and prospects, a new book launched in March 2013, celebrates the sustainable university work of ten UK universities and challenges the sector to raise the game in the light of rapid change in wider community and opportunities of sustainability. Edited by Stephen Sterling, Larch Maxey and Heather Luna, it is part of the series ‘Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development’.

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International “Learning for the Future” Conference on ESD (The Netherlands)

SML-Rhine-Muse-ConfInternational “Learning for the Future” Conference on Creating Open Educational Regions for ESD (OPEDUCA) through School Community Collaboration (CODES) will be held in Maastricht / Kerkrade, The Netherlands from 13 to 16 May 2013.

A cooperation of the EU Codes Project, the European RCE Alliance and Environment and School Initiatives (ENSI), the conference will focus on the relevance and working of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the region.

 

Working towards the 2015-2025 era (i.e. the aftermath of the UN Decade for ESD 2005-2014), the conference will take up initiative to explore, share and formulate a joint vision to take ESD further.

 

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