Liftshare Week – 29th Oct- 2nd Nov 2012

Sign up to RUcarsharing.com to save money, save the environment and get entered into a Prize Draw! Are petrol prices making a hole in your budget? Have you got less money to spend on the stuff you love these days? Well we have a way to help – RU carsharing.com!  If you drive to work, there’s probably room for at least one more in your car. Sharing your commute with just one other person will halve the cost.  RUcarsharing.com has been set up specifically for staff and students at the University of Reading, register you journey and find out who you could share a lift with. If you’ve thought about lift-sharing before, this is the ideal time just to give it a try. It takes five minutes to sign up and search for others going your way.   If you sign up this week your name will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle!! You don’t even need your own car....
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UoR Exceeds Recycling Target!!

This year the University exceeded its target of diverting 50% of waste away from landfill. During 2011/12 the University reduced the total amount of waste it produced by 243 tonnes from the previous year which is a reduction of 16% on last year’s figures.  The total amount recycled was 53.7% which exceeds the ambitious target of 50% for 2011/12. Recycling has been successful this year thanks to the efforts made by staff and student across campus as well as the commitment of our waste management contractors, Select.  A trial was carried out in June to convert our general waste into Electricity at an Energy-from-Waste plant, the trial proved successful and managed to divert 4.85% of waste away from landfill, further work will be carried out to see if this can be done for all our general waste.   Recycling bins have become a prominent feature across the University Campus, very little contamination of bins has occurred over the last year which has also boosted...
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Updated Carbon Management Plan

In our first year of our 35% carbon reduction target, we achieved a 10% reduction in our carbon emissions, through investing in range of energy saving technologies from insulation to solar panels, and through running a series of behavioural change initiatives.  You can read a more detailed analysis of our achievements to date, along with details of the projects we've got lined up in the coming year, in our Carbon Management Update. We will be bringing you news of our further progress to the end of 2011/12 in the coming weeks....
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HumSS and URS Flat Roof Insulation

On Tuesday July 24, a new roof for the HumSS tower was lifted into place. The replacement of the roof has given us a golden opportunity to install roof insulation to current new building standards. Significant amounts of energy can be saved by reducing heat loss from poorly insulated buildings. This installation, along with the window draught proofing that is almost complete in the whole building (HumSS has a lot of windows!) and planned cavity wall insulation, will contribute to significantly improving the insulation of the HumSS building. Similar roof insulation is also currently being installed in the URS building, and together the roof insulation and draught proofing is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of the two buildings by 136 tonnes of CO2 per year and save the university over £20,000 per year....
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The University wins Gold for Going Greener

The University's commitment to improving its green credentials has been recognised by recently gaining the Gold EcoCampus award. EcoCampus is a scheme designed to help higher education institutions improve their environmental performance. Reading's commitment to reducing its carbon emissions by 35% by 2015/16 via a new carbon management plan was instrumental in the University attaining the award. Other key factors in the University's recent ‘green' success include its behavioural change policy for staff and students and commitment to making our campuses as eco-friendly as possible. Many members of staff were involved in the recent Green Impact Awards, which encourages teams of people in a Faculty or building to take small steps towards reducing their individual environmental impact. Denise Shearman, Head of Campus Services, said: "We are delighted that our efforts have been recognised by EcoCampus. The University reduced its carbon emissions by 10% in 2010/11, equivalent to almost 4000 tonnes of CO2, and over 65% of our staff and students now walk to the...
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Green League Table Result Confirms Environmental Progress

The University has been awarded an Upper Second Class Award and ranked 59 out of 145 in the People & Planet Green League 2012, an improvement of 24 places from last year and 3 points short of achieving a ‘First'. Sir David Bell told staff: "In the past 12 months, we have cut our carbon usage by 10% in absolute terms¹ as we pursue the challenging objectives from our Carbon Management Plan of reducing our carbon footprint by 35% by 2015/16. "As an institution with a global reputation for sustainability and climate change research, we need to ensure good environmental practices permeate all that we do. This includes everything from building new facilities through recycling our waste to the everyday behaviour of staff and students. "Our standing in the Green League Table is a good indication that we are doing a lot of things right. We have inspections in the next few weeks for the re-assessment of our Green Flag award and to...
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Results out from 2012 Staff and Student Travel Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed the 2012 staff and student travel survey. There was a great response with over 3,000 completed surveys in total and a response rate of 40% of staff and 12% of all registered students taking part. This compares favourably with travel surveys at many other universities. This gives a valuable set of data about our current travel and views to learn what needs to be prioritized. The survey prize winners have also been drawn! Some of the headline results are shown in the pie chart above 43% walk 27% drive alone 12% cycle 5% train 4% bus 9% other modes - scooter/motorcycle, park & ride, taxi or work from home 65% of us take between 5-30 minutes to get to work. Encouraging alternative modes 40% of us would consider car sharing, with a guaranteed ride home; help in finding someone to share with; reduced parking permit price; and reserved parking spaces all popular responses for encouraging this 39% of us would consider cycling, with improved routes to campus; a secure...
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