Earth Day 2021

The publication of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” in 1962 marked a watershed moment in our planet’s history, raising public awareness and concern for our environment, our wildlife and the links between pollution and human health. The emerging shift in public consciousness and societal values was provided a voice during the first Earth Day in 1970. Since its inception, Earth Day has marked important environmental events, including the signing of the 2015 Paris Agreement. This year the theme for Earth Day is ‘Restore our Earth’ bringing focus to climate change mitigation and actions we can take to restore our planet’s ecosystems.…
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Sustainability spotlight: Giki

Sustainability has become a familiar term to most people in the 21st century, however, people have been debating about sustainability and the environment decades ago. Knowing this, and seeing increased climate activism from figures such as David Attenborough, Leonardo Di Caprio, and Greta Thunberg, we might be looking for advice on how to make more sustainable choices on an individual level. This blog post will provide the down-low on a social enterprise designed for individuals like staff and students of Reading; Giki. Who is Giki? Giki stands for Get Informed Know your Impact and was set up for one simple…
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Embedding sustainability within your department

Here at Sustainability Services, we’re always keen to work with Schools and Functions to embed sustainability across the University. We were delighted to receive an email from a colleague in Computer Science who updated us on the great work their department has been undertaking. During the past three years, Computer Science has refurbished the majority of the academic rooms, labs and student common rooms with reclaimed furniture advertised on our Warp-it platform. Warp-it is an online portal for members of staff to offer items they no longer need for other Schools and Functions to claim and reuse. You can sign…
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Sustainable university living

I’ve escaped from my desk to come and sit in Park Eat café/bar to write this article. Immediately I arrive, I’m confronted with an environmental dilemma. I’ve brought my Sustain It mug (of course!) for a cup of tea, but realise I can’t get any milk out of the machine because my cup isn’t chipped. The catering staff offer to put some milk in a paper cup. I insist I don’t want a paper cup and they insist it’s no bother. How should I respond? Back down politely and take the cup, or stick to my green guns and insist…
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Climate Strike

Climate Strike The 30-minute walkout on the 20th of September at 10am is in solidarity with school strikers around the world, whose Friday strikes have pushed climate action to the forefront of global attention. The pledge button will only go live at 10am for the Climate Strike it has now been deactivated Down tools in support of climate strikes The University is supporting a half hour strike by colleagues in support of climate action on Friday, 20 September at 10am for 30 minutes. The 30-minute walkout is in solidarity with school strikers around the world, whose Friday strikes have pushed…
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Green Festival 2020

For a full list of Reading Climate Festival (RCF) events click here: RCF Tuesday 10 November ZERO CARBON AT THE UNIVERSITY OF READING BY 2030 CONVERSATION With: Mark Fellowes (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Academic Planning & Resource) 12:00-13:00 Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting READING CLIMATE FESTIVAL Official launch: Reading’s Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan RCF 15:00 readingculturelive.co.uk ASK THE UNIVERSITY OF READING EXPERTS: Climate change fundamentals 20:00 – 21:00 eventbrite.co.uk/e/126249986107   Wednesday 11 November SUSTAINABILITY-VIEWS FROM BUSINESSES RCF 12:00pm readingculturelive.co.uk DR BIKE CYCLING EVENTS Recycling bike sale, free bike checks & reused parts repair 12:00 -14:00…
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