April 2014

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University Building contractor, Morris and Blunt have invested in low carbon technology, in the form of an electric vehicle. Taking advantage of their locality to the Whiteknights Campus, Morris and Blunt have taken the opportunity to work in the spirit of the University’s aim to reduce carbon emissions by 35% 2015/16. This will fit in nicely with the existing electric fleet on campus, including the Clean&Green van and the Microbiology transport units.

Morris & Blunt Ltd is an established main contractor builder specialising in public sector new build, extension and refurbishment work.
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Great News! We are pleased to announce that the University of Reading has been short-listed for a National Recycling Award in the Public Service Recycler of the Year category!!  http://bit.ly/1ePjKM8.

Thank you to all staff and students for all their recycling efforts over the past few years.

Results are announced on the 3rd of July – fingers crossed!

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Here’s the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: the results of the Green Impact Awards 2013/14! It’s been another busy year with a record number of entries. Some of the highlights include the School of Construction Management & Engineering, Institute of Education – Technical Team and 2 new UPP teams joining the awards.

The awards ceremony will be held on 9th May in the Meadow Suite. We were going to hold the suspense until the day, but we couldn’t hold it off any longer so we wanted to publish the results on our blog. You can view the League Table, ready to be communicated in your own unique way, by following this link: Green impact awards

The next couple of weeks will see the Sustainability Team working hard to review the criteria for the awards. There has been a huge number of gold awards this year so we are aiming to make this more challenging, more rewarding and more measurable for the coming year. We are also working with our lab based colleagues to improve the ‘Labs Criteria’. Since labs are contribute significantly to our environmental impacts and energy use, we want to do all we can to help reduce the impact and improve energy efficiency. If you have any suggestions regarding the Green Impact Award criteria, please feel free to reply and comment.

The next round of awards will launch at the awards ceremony on 9th May. We have already had some interest from new teams and hope to retain all of the existing teams from this year. We also have some fresh ideas about reporting back energy and waste data and involving students throughout the process, rather than just for auditing purposes at the end. All in all, 2014/15 looks to be an exciting year as we push towards hitting our 35% carbon reduction target!

Here’s our latest carbon reduction project news.

 Lighting improvements

We’ve been investing in lots more energy efficient lighting, with improvements in 3 of the SAGES (School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science) buildings now pretty much complete.  As well as more modern, efficient light fittings, intelligent sensors have been installed to make sure the lights dim/turn off when there is either sufficient daylight, or no one is present.  Further lighting work is shortly due to begin in the Maths & IT building and the Harborne building and our thanks go to the Green Impact teams in both buildings, who highlighted the opportunities for improvements to us originally.  The combination of all these lighting improvements is expected to save £22,000 and 90 tCO2 each year.

 Metering

Another important project also underway is the installation of improved energy and water metering around the Whiteknights campus, to help us measure how efficiency each building is performing and identify opportunities for further improvement.  This £250,000 project is the culmination of 2 years’ planning, consultation and design to ensure this sets us up for the long term.  We are also currently costing similar work at the Henley Business School’s Greenlands campus.

 Hand dryers and water efficiency

We are about to install new super-efficient hand dryers in a number of facilities around campus, which are expected to use 90% less energy than the machines they will replace; hopefully setting the standard for all future installations and paying for themselves in just 3 years.  Water efficiency is also being tackled; with new controls being fitted to urinal flush systems, as well as repair work to some recently identified leaks.

 Funding and further information

Much of this work has been funded through the Revolving Green Fund run by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); from which we secured a £500,000 interest free loan for energy efficiency improvements.

 As always, further information is available at www.reading.ac.uk/ cleanandgreen, or email us directly at sustainability@reading.ac.uk or on twitter UniRdg_Sust