Sustain It Bottle

  Spearheaded by the Catering and Bar team at the University they identify that the Sustain It bottle was a way to reduce the waste generated from plastic bottles consumed across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses – previously around 650,000 bottles a year! We were pleased to announce the launch of the Sustain It bottle back in September 2017. The bottle uses innovative technology to offer a customisable range of drinks, in a reusable bottle. This being the first university outside of the United States to introduce this model, that offers a reduction in our single-use plastic waste plus being able to offer students and staff an increased range of drink options as well as dispensing water freely. The scheme has been overwhelmingly successful with 132,705 plastic bottles being diverted away from waste for the period of September 2017 until April 2018. This equates to over 3.2 tonnes of plastic a massive achievement to stop plastic going into waste streams. Catering continues to deliver a range of other...
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A kitchen for bicycles?

A kitchen for bicycles? Have you ever been passing by Palmer building on and seen people tinkering around with bikes / workstands and tools ?? Or had a puncture / faulty brakes and left your bike languishing in the shed as no time / money to take it to a Cycle shop??!? Come and take part in one of the RBK Pop ups! Taking place as part of the overall University Cycle Safety programme (which aims to support all aspects of cycling) these FREE bike maintenance sessions are held fortnightly usually on Weds 4-7pm *see here for updated dates/ times RBK Pop up Uni T2 2019. Run by experienced bike mechanics and volunteers from the Reading Bicycle Kitchen (RBK**) the sessions enable you to learn how to fix your bike! From flat tyres, faulty brakes to more complex gear adjustment and cable re-fit they generally have the tools and parts to help you get you back on the road. RBK will also safety check your bike (in...
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Summer Re-use challenge 2018

In August, the popular re-use challenge returned! In August 2017 we avoided disposing of 219kg of stuff by re-using it, which saved staff over £1,500 because they sourced items for free rather than having to buy it all new.  But this August we wanted to achieve 250kg of items re-used in just two weeks! Why did we do this? Because re-use is the right thing to do - it has lots of environmental and financial benefits. The University recognises this and has a target to improve re-use by 10% by 2021. Not only was there yummy chocolate or "sugar free" desk tidies as a thank you for those who took part, there were also 7 Warp-it SuperUser awards (Sustain-it cups or bike lights) for staff who were the most active on Warp-it over the duration of the challenge. We are pleased to report that the challenge was complete - staff re-used far more than the 250kg target. In fact, just under three...
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Get On Your Bike event October 2018

*Due to popular demand Recycle Your Cycle will be back selling second hand bikes on Wednesday 24th October, 12:00 - 14:00 in the quad outside RUSU* We will also have lights and locks and a visit from Dr Bike. 12 – 2pm  More bikes available to Buy or Hire Second hand bike sale with ReCycle Your Cycle. UniCycle Hire Bikes from £10 / term run by RUSU. Bike Security Labelling, Locks and Lights for sale. And lots of information on support for cycling on and off campus. 11 – 3pm Dr Bike* (Please note we’ve moved his visit from Thursday 25th to coincide with the sale).: come along for a FREE cycle safety check. 2-6pm Cycle Training: See the cycle skills programme for details or email k.robertson@reading.ac.uk to book a place.   **Cyclists – don’t forget the clock’s go back this weekend so you’re more likely to be going home in the dark from next week. You will need lights for cycling on and off campus. If you can’t make...
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The Egg-cellent April Re-Use Challenge!

You did it! The April Re-use challenge target has been achieved. We set staff a target to re-use 700kg of items by the end of April. It was a big challenge, and yummy Cadbury's Creme eggs (or sugar-free desk tidies) were offered to people who helped out. A big thank-you to everyone who took part - you did it! The target has been achieved and you re-used a whopping 740kg of items through the University's Warp-it portal. That's nearly three quarters of a tonne, and it has saved staff an estimated £4,488 by avoiding buying new. Why did we do this? Because re-use is the right thing to do - it has lots of environmental and financial benefits (find out more here). The University recognises this and has a target to improve re-use by 10% by 2021. In April 2017 we avoided disposing of 649kg of stuff by re-using it, which saved staff...
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Setting up a telephone conference using Skype for Business

All staff can download and install Skype for Business, but did you know, you can also use Skype to set up a telephone conference, even if your contacts aren't on Skype? Here's how: In your Outlook Calendar, select "New Skype Meeting" from the Home tab (if you can't see this button, this article may help, or contact the IT Helpdesk).   This automatically creates a Conference ID that is unique to your conference call, detailed in the meeting invite:                 It's as simple as that! For more tips on how to use Skype for Business, check out the University's handy user guides.    ...
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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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