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Focus on Sustainability: Exhibition, speakers and Q&A session.

06 Nov 2008

Open event for staff, students and the public on 12 November.

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University Place, Oxford Road
Exhibition, 10am-5pm, Foyer and outside
Talks, 1.30-3.30pm, Lecture Theatre B

The University is to put the spotlight on measures being taken across the campus to protect the environment, as part of a special day of sustainability events.

Whether it’s cutting the amount of energy consumed in University buildings, helping staff and students to think about the way they travel to work or recycling waste, the University is committed to reducing the impact it has on the environment.

And as part of the 'Focus on Sustainability' event – on Wednesday 12 November 2008 – staff and students will be able to gain a clear insight into the work that is ongoing on campus.

Since its launch, in 2004, the University has made a significant reduction in its carbon emissions through consumption of oil, gas and electricity.

And there are a number of initiatives designed to ensure the University’s practices are as sustainable as possible.

'Focus on Sustainability' will feature an exhibition (10am-5pm) and a series of talks (1.30pm-3.30pm) detailing University schemes, including Cycle to Work, 'bin the bin', Fairtrade policies, and the University's commitment to plant three new trees to replace every tree cut down as a result of construction work.

The University is also engaged in a number of research projects that, through advances in technology or changes in human behaviour, focus on sustainability and which could have a significant impact across the globe.

Among the research groups at the forefront of activity in this field are the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the Joule Centre for Energy Research, the Sustainable Consumption Institute and the Brooks World Poverty Institute.

Professor John Handley, from the School of Environment and Development, will be among those giving a talk about research in this field.

The event has been organised by Professor Maynard Case, Associate Vice-President for Compliance, Risk and Sustainabilty, who will be one of the speakers on the day.

All members of staff and students are welcome – as is anyone else who would like find out more about the University’s sustainability activities.

You can find full details of 'Focus on Sustainability', including a list of speakers and exhibitors, and downloads of the event poster and the University's 'Think Sustainability' brochure, online at: