You may have seen our lovely new Fairtrade cotton shopping bags at Freshers’ Fayre but did you know that we’ve got a target to reach with regards to reducing our carbon emissions?
In February 2011 the Board of Governors approved the University’s first Carbon Management Plan which set a target to reduce campus emissions by 43% by academic year 2020/21 against a 2005/06 baseline year. This is a figure set by the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the HE sector. We are currently on target to reach our first interim target of 29% reduction by 2017/18 BUT we will only achieve this if everyone makes an effort to reduce their energy consumption.
What can you do?
– very simply make sure you switch things off when you don’t need them anymore;
– challenge whether something needs to be left on (there are plenty of energy myths out there);
– could you put on a jumper/ open a window to increase your comfort rather than switching on a heater/ air con?
Want more information?
We’re in the process of updating the Carbon Management plan but it’ll be due in Spring 2015. In the meantime if you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
All films are FREE to attend. All will be shown in Cargill Lecture Theatre. The events are usually quite lively – we normally have a relevant speaker and Q&A after the films!
6.30pm, Wednesday 12th March
Cargill Lecture Theatre, Main Admin Building
As a lead up to National Science Week the Environment Team are hosting a series of events focused on fracking. Whereas Gasland (which we screeened last week) is a documentary focussing on communities in the US impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as slickwater fracking, FrackNation uncovers fracking facts suppressed by environmental activists and focusses on rural Americans whose livelihoods are at risk if fracking is banned.
In FrackNation journalist Phelim McAleer faces threats, cops and bogus lawsuits questioning green extremists for the truth about fracking. McAleer uncovers fracking facts suppressed by environmental activists, and he talks with rural Americans whose livelihoods are at risk if fracking is banned. Emotions run high but the truth runs deep.
FrackNation was made after Phelim McAleer confronted GASLAND filmmaker Josh Fox at a Q&A in Chicago. McAleer asked Fox about instances of water being lit on fire well before fracking occurred in America and why he didn’t include that information in GASLAND. Fox said the information “wasn’t relevant.” McAleer disagreed and put their exchange on YouTube. Fox sued to have it removed. That’s when McAleer realized there was more to the story of fracking than Josh Fox was letting on.
To follow these two film screenings there will be a debate on fracking at the University, in association with the Student Debating Society. Further details will be published soon.
Please note that all events in the Environmental Events Series are open to students, staff and member of the public. They are free of charge and there is no need to book.