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Free Carbon Literacy Training for Manchester Met students

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Do you want to improve your employability by gaining knowledge and skills other graduates don’t have?

Are you worried about climate change and want to find out ways you can act on it?

With the recent international climate agreement delivered in Paris to “limit global temperature increases to well below 2°C … and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”, it’s now more important than ever to understand how we can contribute towards achieving such a goal.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we are currently facing and it will affect all aspects of society.

As a result, employers are increasingly realising the importance of employing graduates with an understanding of environmental and social issues in order to cope with future challenges.

By attending this workshop, you will gain an understanding of:

  • The basic science behind climate change
  • Social equity & climate change
  • What you can do to act on climate change
  • Strategies and skills for communicating action on climate change

Carbon Literacy training consists of two parts:

E-learning- ‘Carbon Literacy Knowledge’

You should complete an e-learning course before you are eligible to attend the Carbon Literacy Workshop. It is an interactive course and provide you with a good understanding of climate change and the science behind it.

The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete. You do not need to complete the course in one go, but can stop and start at points convenient to you.

Carbon Literacy Workshop-

A 4-hour workshop led by our Carbon Literacy facilitators. In this fun and engaging session, you will learn about what you can do to act on climate change as well as how you can persuade others to do the same.

Qualifications and recognition-

You will receive an official Carbon Literacy Certificate and 6 Silver points towards the MMU Futures Award for completing the training.

If you have further questions, contact Jane Mork: j.mork@mmu.ac.uk

Become Carbon Literate- Register Now!  

All workshops take place between 13:00-17:15

* This course is for Manchester Metropolitan students.

** Please note that places are limited, so please only register if you are sure you can attend. If you fail to turn up you may be taking the opportunity from another student.

 

 

 

 

4:28pm Wednesday, 13th January 2016

Amazing Bats with the South Lancashire Bat Group

Join us for an induction to Amazing Bats of the UK and the World with South Lancashire Bat Group.

Little is known about the secretive creatures and this talk will introduce you to some of the fascinating facts and pictures and some wonderful Bats, and their incredible adaptations. The talk will also introduce you to SLGB, one of a network of 90 local groups across the UK, whose volunteers carry out a vast array of Bat conservation activities, which will highlight some of our local findings and project work.

Wednesday 27th January, 7.30 – 8.30pm

Room 1.25, MMU Business School, All Saints Campus, M15 6BH.

Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amazing-bats-with-the-south-lancashire-bat-group-tickets-19997626439

Part of our Ideas into Action programme for staff this has been organised by colleagues working together on a Bat conservation project here at Manchester Met. There will be an opportunity to hear about what we are doing and how you can get involved.

If you are interested in this project or getting involved in something else take a look at our Current Projects part of Ideas into Action.

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4:28pm Tuesday, 5th January 2016

Donate food to your local foodbank this Christmas

Data recently published from the Tressel Trust, who run 17 foodbanks in the Manchester area, show that 22,739 food boxes were handed out between April and September this year. That is the equivalent of 125 people a day visiting a foodbank, with around half of those in need being children.*

 

Where can I donate?

This December, across MMU, there are various opportunities for you to donate food to support your local foodbanks and communities during the Christmas period.

 

The Residential Life Team and Residential Advisors will be visiting all MMU student accommodation between 8-15 December to collect food items.

8 December – Booth Student Living

10 December – Birley Student Living

14 December – All Saints Student Living

15 December – Oxford Court, Daisy Bank & Briarfields

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There is also a food donation point in Birley Vine reception until 22nd December, so please donate any food you can to this worthy cause.

What food can I donate?

The local foodbank accepts the following, to make up food boxes for those in need:

  • Tinned meat, fish, vegetables and fruit
  • Milk – UHT or powdered
  • Sugar
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Long life fruit juice
  • Canned soup
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Biscuits & chocolate bars
  • Pasta sauces
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Tea bags & instant coffee

 

38% of children in Manchester are in poverty, the second highest rate for any local authority area in the UK. (Source: http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/poverty-in-your-area/#map)

 

*See http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/more-100-people-day-visiting-10460751 for the full article.

12:59pm Monday, 30th November 2015

Green Gown winners announced

Last week 320 sustainability leaders gathered at Brunel’s Old Station in Bristol to hear Dr Andrew Garrad, Chairman of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital, announce the winners of the 2015 Green Gown Awards.

Our Waste & Recycling Team were in attendance with our partners from the University of Manchester awaiting the results. We had been shortlisted for our Zero Waste: Give it, don’t Bin it! campaign within the Community Innovation Award category. The campaign sees unwanted belongings from halls and private accommodation being donated, benefiting countless charities and communities across Manchester. Read more about the campaign and it’s achievements here.

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This year we were in a strong category with some fantastic innovative projects and unfortunately we did not take home a Green Gown but we would like to congratulate all Winners and Highly Commended entries of this year’s Green Gown Awards. We will see you all next year!

Celebrating the inspirational sustainability initiatives of 85 finalists, the awards ceremony was the biggest yet with 16 Winners and 22 Highly Commended entries. The winners of the International Green Gown Awards were also announced during the evening, with UK-based institutions taking home two of the three coveted International Awards.

View the list of 2015 winners and highly commended entries here.

 

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12:46pm

Top Recyclers!

From the 23-25th November, recycling checks were carried out in MMU Student Living – in Birley, Cambridge, Cavendish and Booth.

 

320 kitchens were checked, with the help of Student Sustainability Ambassadors and Residential Advisors. Residents were left feedback cards so they could see how they were doing, as well as little incentives for top recyclers.

 

In total, 7 of the top scoring flats were winners of a large prize. Balloons were left in the winning flats, explaining how the winners could collect their cinema tickets. The winners are as follows:

Birley: Warde 2 & Dunham 8

Cambridge: B-1-1 & F-1-3

Cavendish: Kitchen 465

Booth: C9 & D1

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Thank you and well done to everyone involved! If you missed out on winning a prize, or didn’t get the score you wanted, the next recycling checks are taking place 9-11 February 2016.

 

If you have any feedback about the recycling checks, or the recycling facilities in your accommodation, please email bigimpact@mmu.ac.uk.

12:46pm

#WearetheClimateGeneration

The 21st International UN Climate Conference (COP21) commences today. It is the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP) and hopes to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate – a commitment to keeping global warning below 2°C.

Paris will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country.

To raise awareness of and demand action on climate change ahead of COP21, Manchester’s Creative Concern have been collaborating with a collective of European communications agencies called DNS (Do Not Smile) to deliver the We are the Climate Generation campaign.

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We are the Climate Generation campaign is a response to a global challenge that impacts on all of us.

Across seven countries, the agencies have enlisted seven award-winning photographers to capture images of generations in seven families, and their hopes and concerns for the future.

The aim of the campaign is to form a unified response using social media- bringing together generations of families to create a movement to tackle climate change.

UK Images tour Manchester

Photographer, writer, blogger and sketcher, Len Grant took the seven UK photographs, which will be embarking on a touring exhibition of Manchester venues to reach as many people as possible.

The photographs will be displayed at the Central LibraryManchester Museum, and we are delighted to announce Manchester Metropolitan University beginning on the 14th December through to 18th December.

The photographs will be displayed in a different building on each day of the week at MMU-

14 Dec- John Dalton Building, The Street

15 Dec- Business School and Student Hub, atrium

16 Dec- Geoffrey Manton Building, atrium

17 Dec- All Saints Building, atrium

18 Dec- Brooks Building, exhibition gallery by the scenic lifts

 The #We Are Climate Generation is a free exhibition and open for all to attend.

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Climate Hopes

Steve Connor CEO of Creative Concern, the UK agency in DNS, “It is crucial that this (COP21) gathering delivers an international agreement on the climate for all nations. Our campaign aims to show that people do care and that they can make a difference. There is a lot of despondency around the problems and we want to show people that they are part of the solution.

“The time to act is now. It is during our generation’s lifetime that, without action, climate change will lead to consequences that threaten the future of humanity.”

 

Join the Climate Generation

You can find out more or join the climate generation by uploading and sharing a photo of yourself or your family by going to  www.wearetheclimategeneration.com or on twitter #WeAreTheClimateGeneration

12:36pm

Local Schools help create Insect Hotel!

Birley- a community campus, providing resources, space and educational opportunities for local Hulme residents, schools and MMU’s own communities.

Over the course of the year, a number of community and environmental projects have come to fruition at Birley Campus.

Back in October, we planted Manchester Met’s second orchard, right at the heart of our Birley Campus. We are continuing to develop the public realm into useable and educational spaces, that also enhance green space and biodiversity on Campus.

Insect Hotel Project

A joint Insect hotel project is well underway between MMU, Hulme Community Garden Centre and local schools.

We’ve been working with teachers and primary children from Rolls Crescent, St Wilfrids and St Phillips schools in Hulme to create the insect hotel.

We set the schools a challenge to help build the insect hotel- each school was provided with modules constructed from wooden pallets to fill with a variety of materials.

Hulme Garden Centre collected the modules from each school and set to come to Birley Campus on the 8th December to construct the Insect Hotel, with help from MMU students.

Over the next year we hope to invite the local schools to Campus, and engage them in an interpretation board project specifically of the Insect Hotel.

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Up-cycled

The bug hotel is made from 100% up-cycled and foraged materials- consisting of multiple levels made from old wooden pallets and filled with a mixture of materials- like straw, pinecones, twigs, leafs, bark, old clay pots and bricks.

A greater mix of materials will encourage a wider range of insects and animals to nest in the hotel. We can expect can expect various guests including wasps, solitary bees, ladybirds, earwigs, spiders, dragonflies, beetles, frogs, and more.

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Symbiotic relationship

An insect hotel will provide shelter and warmth for many types of insects and provide an ideal nesting habitat over the cold winter months.

Warmer weather means that many of the insect occupants vacate the hotel, which will be extremely beneficial for a range of plants and trees on Campus and in the surrounding areas- for pollination and pest predation.

Locating the insect hotel close to the new orchard will be beneficial for the fruit trees. Encouraging earwigs to reside in the hotel means that they will eat greenflies, which can be a nuisance to fruit trees.

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We’ll be building the Insect hotel at Birley campus on the 8th December, if you would like to get involved please contact the Environment Team- email bigimpact@mmu.ac.uk

12:35pm

Shutting down for Christmas

Last Christmas break our university consumed 804,821 kWh of electricity, that is enough electricity to power 260 homes for ONE YEAR!

With your help, we think we can reduce this, saving energy and money.

What you can do?

Here are some useful tips:

  • Unplug all non-essential electrical appliances
  • Close all the windows
  • Turn heating down to its lowest setting or off completely
  • Make sure all the taps are turned off
  • Clean out the fridge/freezer and turn off if nothing is left in it
  • Turn off the lights when you leave
  • Dispose of all rubbish and recycling (don’t forget about your desktop recycler)

You may want to pull together a Christmas shutdown procedure for your workspace or department, agreeing who will be responsible for these.

Download our vacation shutdown plan to amend for your workspace or department.

Did you know?

Manchester Met has committed to reducing Electricity & Gas consumption as well as Carbon Emissions by 50% all by 2020/21.

Why not share your shut down efforts via social media, take a picture and tweet us @MMUEnvironment #ShutdownforChristmas

If you have any tips for saving energy in the workplace why not get in touch at environment@mmu.ac.uk

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12:34pm

Education Investment Survey

NUS are interested in gathering opinions from across the education sector to gauge student and staff attitudes towards investments, research funding and pensions, as well as attitudes towards fossil fuels, renewable energy and climate change.

They would like to hear everyone’s views on the subject, so if you can please complete the short survey!

To thank you for your time, you will have the chance to enter a £250 prize draw! Ten runners up will also receive £50.

Your responses will remain anonymous and won’t be attributed to you personally at any point.

Click here to start the survey!

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12:30pm

Open Access Cycle Pumps on Campus

We have recently installed two open access cycle pump for all to use. These are our first on our Manchester campus having trialed something similar on our Cheshire campus.

You will find one at our Birley site in Hulme and the other on our central All Saints campus near Oxford Road (see image below).

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If you have any questions are comments regarding these feel free to contact our Travel Team stafftravel@mmu.ac.uk

 

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12:26pm