July 2015

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Two energy efficiency projects in RUSU are making big impacts in reducing their carbon footprint.

In April, we re-designed the cellar bar in Mojo’s.  By sectioning off 1 corner of the cellar for the storage of chilled drinks, we have been able to remove one of the 2 chillers completely, and have reduced the chilled space by 78%.  At the same time, new energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors have been installed, which not only savings lighting energy, but also reduce the excess heat given off by the lights.  In combination, these initiatives are expected to save over £8,000 and almost 30 tCO2 annually.

New Lighting

More recently, we have replaced the ageing lighting in the central corridors with smart new LED lights ceiling panels.  This has been a joint investment with the Maintenance department, who have funded a replacement ceiling; to really improve the look and feel of the space and compliment the smart-looking new Café Mondial extension.  Further lighting replacements of halogen spotlighting in both bars with LED equivalents, and striking new LED lighting to the upstairs office corridors with in-built motion sensors, will see a further £6,800 and 24 tCO2 savings annually.

One further energy efficiency measure of note is the double-glazing to Mojo’s as part of the Café Mondial extension works, making for a smarter, more efficient Union building all round!

GGA Finalist image

It was announced today that the University of Reading has been nominated for 3 Green Gown Awards demonstrating its ongoing commitment to sustainability and environmental improvement.

85 motivational and inspiring sustainability projects representing 51 educational institutions across the UK were submitted. As a result there was great competition from Universities across the UK – all vying for the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the tertiary education sector.

The nominations are for the following:

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change – Ready, Steady, Green

The entry highlighted the progress the University has made over the last 5 years in developing and implementing its sustainability policies.

Facilities and Services – Greenlands CleanConscience

This entry focused on how the University’s Greenlands campus is pioneering soap recycling to both reduce waste as well as diseases in developing countries.

Food and Drink – Making Beer Green

Our Making Beer Green Initiative is specifically focussed on improving the sustainability of our seven bar operations spread across seven sites. It was discovered early on that we needed to make many small changes rather than one large and impressive ‘wow’ change and this entry focuses on those.

Now in their eleventh year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK. With sustainable development moving up the global agenda, the Awards are now established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence within the tertiary education sector, as well as the environmental sector

The winners will be announced at the Green Gown Awards Ceremony and we are proud to announce that the Green Gown Awards will be coming to Bristol, the European Green Capital for 2015. And not only that, the Awards Ceremony taking place on 26 November, will be hosted in one of the oldest train stations in the world, at Brunel’s Old Station