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Environment and Ethics Officer
FRANCES MARSH

Environment and Ethics Officer
HELEN FITZMAURICE-GREENSLA

Fairtrade fortnight, last chance payment for water bottles and recycling competition prize announced!

Hey Grey,

Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 is finally here! Attached is the schedule of events happening across the university for the next two weeks. Check it out! Look out for events happening in college as well...

Stock up on your Fairtrade chocolate from our very own college shop.

Fairtrade round in quiz, Sunday 4th March, in Grey bar.

Big Brew Event at the next JCR Meeting, Sunday 11th March.

 

Last chance to pay for Grey water bottles tonight outside dinner!! If you do not pay then I’m afraid I won’t be able to order your bottle. Only 24 people have paid so far and we have to reach 50 to make the minimum order...

 

I am pleased to announce, the prize for the lucky winners of the recycling competition this year will be...

EIGHT FREE PLACES AT THE JUBILEE FORMAL on 7TH MARCH!!

 

See you all later!

Keara and your Environment Committee

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Water bottle payment, recycling collection and ergo competition winner!

Hey Grey,

Thank you to everyone who took part in the ergo competition last Thursday; was a great effort by all! Between us we managed to produce 503 calories. Unfortunately this was not enough energy to boil a kettle (135,000 calories) or even enough water for a cup of tea (25,000 calories)...

The winner burned an impressive 40 calories.

Congratulations to Robin Hearn!!

Get in touch to collect your prize.

 

Tomorrow night outside dinner...

Last chance to order and pay for Grey water bottles!

and

Fourth recycling collection for the competition! Time is running out so get your bags in quick.

 

Keara and your Environment Committee

 

Environment fact for the week: 

Did you know that every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees?

(Source: www.recycle-more.co.uk)

 

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Energy competition and water bottles

Today outside dinner:

Your second chance to order and pay for Grey Water Bottles

 

And...

 

How much energy can you produce in a minute?

What could you do with this energy?

Compete against your friends and the rest of college for a yummy prize! The person to produce the most energy wins.

                                                                                      

See you all tonight!

Keara and your Environment Committee

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Recycling collection and GREY WATER BOTTLES

Hey Grey,

The third recycling collection for the competition is tonight outside dinner. Bring down your recycling, separated in the clear bags, which you can get from the cleaners. Competition is tough this year, so recycle as much as you can to secure those FREE FORMAL PLACES!!

 

Also, tonight outside dinner, Environment Committee are going to be selling GREY COLLEGE WATER BOTTLES. They are only £4.50, bargain! Poster is attached for you to check it out. Place your order / pay using the sign up sheet outside dinner or by emailing me.

See you all later!

Keara and your Environment Committee

keara.masrani@dur.ac.uk

 

This week's Fact of the week:

"Did you know that walking is one of the cheapest ways of getting around, and the least expensive form of exercise.
(Source: Sustrans – Get walking leaflet)"

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Fairtrade Roses and FIRST RECYCLING COLLECTION FOR COMPETITION tonight at dinner!

Morning Grey,

Last chance to order your FAIRTRADE ROSES for Valentine’s Day tonight at dinner! Whether it’s for your partner or college spouse, these will make a great Valentine’s present.

Also, FIRST COLLECTION OF RECYCLING FOR THE COMPETITION is tonight outside dinner as well! It is not too late to sign up. Just bring your recycling along tonight in the clear bags to add to your group’s total, maximising your chance to win FREE FORMAL PLACES!!

Quick reminder, your recycling must be separated into:

CARDBOARD and PAPER

PLASTIC and CANS

PIZZA BOXES (empty please)

See you all tonight! :)

 

Keara and your Environment Committee

 

Environmental fact a week:

Did you know a dripping tap wastes enough water to fill half a bath in just one week. (Source: The Energy Saving Trust 2009)

 

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Fairtrade Valentine's Roses

With 14th February fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about those Valentine’s presents...

Environment Committee are here to make your lives that much easier this year and will do all of the hard work for you. All you have to do is order your Fairtrade roses with us outside dinner tonight and then come Valentine’s Day they will be available for your collection in college.

Single roses are £1.90 or £22 for a dozen.

Nothing could be simpler, plus you can rest easy in the knowledge that you are helping to improve the lives of the producers of these roses in Kenya! Email me if you are interested but won’t be able to be at dinner tonight.

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Recycling Competition - WIN FREE PLACES ON FORMAL!

Hey Grey,

The ANNUAL RECYCLING COMPETITION starts this week in Grey!

This competition will determine the best group at recycling in college with a PRIZE of...

FREE PLACES ON A FORMAL (which formal tbc)!

So, what you have to do is this:

Get together as a group of EIGHT and sign up anytime from Monday 30th January. Please email me at keara.masrani@dur.ac.uk with the names of the group members along with a group name.

Then, you can ask for plastic bags from the cleaners for your group and in them, you need to put:

PIZZA BOXES - only after you have emptied the food - if we find any, that bag will not count!

PAPER and CARDBOARD

TIN AND PLASTIC

Only separated bags will be allowed, so remember to keep it all apart, and if it is dirty, we cannot accept it, so wash those tins and plastic out!

Then, on Tuesday dinner, (starting as of 7th February) bring down your bags - only if they are FULL! We will count how many you have got, and keep a note on a chart on the Environment board.

The group with the most bags collected overall wins. Simples.

All you have to do is collect, separate and bring down your recycling to dinner!

 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Any questions then please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Keara and your Environment Committee

 

This week’s environmental fact is:

For every 1°C of overheating, fuel consumption increases by 8-10%?

(Source:  Training Colleges and Universities to be Energy Efficient - Further and Higher Education, 2007)

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Recycling Competition - WIN £100 FOR JCR

GREENSPACE INTER-COLLEGIATE RECYCLING COMPETITION

 

WHEN?

Monday 16th January to Sunday 18th March

 

WHAT WILL BE MEASURED?

·         volume of total recycling produced by each college will be recorded as well as each college’s volume of total waste

·         the recycling will then be expressed as a percentage of the total waste

·         winner will be the college with the Highest Recycling Percentage and the college with the Most Improved Recycling Percentage!

 

WHAT IS THE PRIZE?

£100 for the JCR

 

WATCH OUT FOR EVENTS AND COMPETITIONS BEING RUN IN COLLEGE!

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Energy Competition: WIN £400 FOR JCR

GREENSPACE INTER-COLLEGIATE ENERGY COMPETITION

WHEN?

 Monday 23rd January to Sunday 18th March

 

WHAT WILL BE MEASURED?

·         electricity usage of each college will be measured at weekly intervals throughout the term

·          weekly average electricity usage will then be calculated for each college

·         this will be compared with each college’s energy usage over a pre-recorded trial week

·         the college with the biggest improvement will win!

 

WHAT IS THE PRIZE?

£400 for the JCR

 

WATCH OUT FOR EVENTS AND COMPETITIONS BEING RUN IN COLLEGE!

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E-Card competition and Action-a-week

E-Christmas Card Photography Competition

Following on the success of the previous two years, the University is running another e-Christmas card competition which was launched this week at the Environment Fairs.

The University is again running a Christmas E-card photography competition. This competition is open for entry to all staff and students. All entries made should have some connection with Durham University and its estate.
Please send all entries to the Greenspace Office by Friday 11th November by email to greenspace.staff@durham.ac.uk

 

ACTION-A-WEEK:

Make sure all equipment which can be switched off is switched off overnight.

Take a look around your accommodation/work space - is equipment left on overnight which can be switched off i.e non-essential? For example, printers, fax machines, microwaves, laptops, phone chargers, etc. If you are uncertain which equipment can be switched off, try asking and then labelling the equipment so people know what can and cannot be switched off. Your Environment Champion can request stickers from the Greenspace Office. Remember, all energy saved helps towards our reduction target - switching off your printer over night and at weekends for a year can on average save the equivalent amount of energy needed to make 960 cups of tea.

The energy saving 'Action-a-Week' is part of the Greenspace Michaelmas Energy Campaign - focussing on behavioural change to drive down energy wastage.

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ACTION-A-WEEK

This week's action of the week is:

Consider using efficient task lighting where possible instead of main lights.

If you are the only person in a large room/office do you need to have all of the lights on or would efficient task lighting suit your needs? Why not use a desk lamp instead of the overhead lights (just remember to check with regulations first). Also, always remember to switch off all non-essential lights when you are the last person to leave the room.

The energy saving 'Action-a-Week' is part of the Greenspace Michaelmas Energy Campaign - focussing on behavioural change to drive down energy wastage.

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ENVIRONMENT WEEK

"Guess how many Fairtrade sugar sticks are in the jar"
Outside lunch and dinner today, then in the bar for the rest of the week. Correct/closest answer wins a Fairtrade hamper from Greenspace!

Action-a-Week

 Always switch off unneeded lights when you leave a room and make the most of natural daylight.

 When you leave a room/office empty, make sure you switch off all non-essential lights.  Also, try and make the best use of natural light – do you need the light on if the room / office is well lit by sunlight?

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SWITCH OFF LIGHTS IN KITCHENS, BATHROOMS AND JCR IF YOU ARE THE LAST PERSON TO LEAVE!

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ENVIRONMENT WEEK

Environment Week 2011!

The University's Environment Week runs 24th October 2011 to 30th October and includes a huge variety of events across the University.  With Green Formals, conservation events, Green Bar parties, a vegetarian food swap, free film screenings, guided walks, cycle workshops, herb handouts and multiple volunteering opportunities... there is something for everyone. More details of events and competitions in college this week coming soon!

There will also be two Environment and Sustainable Travel Fairs - Monday 24th October in the Calman Learning Centre, Durham and Tuesday 25th October in the Sports Hall, Queen's Campus.  These will include a range of exhibitors relating to issues from recycling as a Liver Out to opportunities for buying a bicycle.

Links to the full student programme, as well as information on the fairs and guided events, are available on the Greenspace Environment Week website: http://www.dur.ac.uk/greenspace/environmentweek11/enviroweek/ or take a look at the Environment Board outside the dining room!

Let’s help Grey Go Green!

Keara

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Action-a-Week

Hey Everyone!

This week our Action-a-Week campaign starts and the action to help reduce ‘non-essential’ energy in the University for this week is:

ONLY BOIL THE AMOUNT OF WATER YOU NEED IN THE KETTLE RATHER THAN OVER FILLING IT

Making a cup of tea or coffee is an everyday occurrence for most people.  Kettles generally use the most electricity in the home.  If we all make sure we only boil as much water as we need we can save lots of energy by this simple step.  Why not measure out how much water you need for a normal sized mug, then remember how much of the kettle this fills?  Also consider using an eco-kettle to save even more energy and money!  If you are far away from a water source, try filling a jug of water instead of filling the kettle up each time.

 

ENVIRONMENT WEEK starts next Monday! We have lots of exciting events and competitions planned, so watch out for more details coming your way soon...

Keara

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