Green Week Photo Challenge

Enter our Green Week Photo Challenge for a chance to win a fold-up bike or a solar powered radio!

Here’s how:

Take 5 photos, one per theme, to enter a prize draw to win the fold up bicycle.  There’s also a separate prize of a solar powered radio for the funniest photo posted to facebook (, voted for by the number of likes on facebook!

The 5 categories are:

  • re-use it
  • switch it off
  • tree huggers
  • layering up
  • travelling green

To enter, simply email your photos to or post on our facebook page by Wednesday 14 November.  We may even use them for University promotional material.  Prizes will be awarded during the Green Week Awards Ceremony on 16 November.

 p.s. Don’t forget to include your full name and contact details with your entries!

Terms & Conditions:

  1. Entries are open to all staff and students of University of Reading, excluding members of the EEST team
  2. Valid entries require one photo for each of the 5 defined categories; re-use it, switch it off, tree huggers, layering up, travelling green
  3. Only one entry is allowed per applicant
  4. Applications must be received no later than 23:59 14 November 2012
  5. Applicants must be the sole owner of the copyright for all photos submitted/uploaded.  You will retain the copyright to the photos and by entering the competition, you grant the University of Reading permission for a non-exclusive licence to reproduce the images in promotional material
  6. If your photograph features any person or people, they should be aware they are being photographed and permission should be obtained from all involved (or their parent’s/guardian’s permission if under 16) for their photograph to be submitted to the competition
  7. The right is reserved to exclude any entries deemed to be obscene, vulgar or discriminatory
  8. All entries will be submitted into a prize draw, from which a winner will be drawn at random.  The winner of the funniest photo will be voted exclusively by the number of likes on facebook
  9. Format: entries should be in JPG, JPEG, GIF, TIF, PNG file format and no larger than 10 MB per photo
  10. Prizes: The prize for the prize draw is a fold-up bike.  The prize for the funniest entry is a solar powered radio.

35% carbon reduction – we’re nearly halfway there!

We’re almost halfway to achieving our 35% carbon reduction target, just 2 years into our 5 year Carbon Management Plan!  Already, we’ve made a 16.5% reduction against our baseline emissions, which has saved £3.9m and 11,137 tonnes of CO2 over the last 2 years, for an initial project investment of just over £1m.

We reduced our emissions by 6.9% against our baseline in 2011/12, building on a 9.6% reduction the previous year.   Our carbon footprint includes a range of emissions, from heating fuel and electricity, to waste, water and transport.  As our understanding develops, we will continue to target reductions across all these key areas to help meet our goal.

We’ve taken a wide-reaching approach to cut our emissions.  A significant focus has been on improving insulation levels of buildings, through a combination of roof insulation, wall insulation and draught proofing.  These projects are particularly cost-effective, will improve user comfort in many buildings and align well with our plans to replace the district heating system’s ageing steam boilers during the next few years.  Annual savings of almost 500 tCO2 and £75,000 are expected from this work.    We’ve installed ventilation sensors in many lecture theatres to better align ventilation with occupancy levels, while the solar panels installed on the Carrington and Estates & Facilities buildings are expected to save a further 23 tCO2 and £4,000 annually.

Our behaviour change initiatives continue to gather pace, including the development and delivery of environmental training workshops, an e-learning package soon to be launched and the leadership of 21 teams from across the University in the Green Impact Award scheme promoting environmental excellence.

In Henley Business School’s Greenlands campus, thermostatic radiator control valves are providing closer control of heating systems, and the Building Management System has been expanded  to help us regulate heating and ventilation systems more closely.

For the first time, we have incorporated water efficiency into our plans, with a target of 10% reduction in water consumption set for 2012/13.

There’s still much more to be done as the University evolves.  We need every member of staff and every student to get involved if we are to achieve our 35% target by 2015/16 and begin work towards a 45% target for 2020.  Find out more at

Liftshare Week – 29th Oct- 2nd Nov 2012

Sign up to to save money, save the environment and get entered into a Prize Draw!

Are petrol prices making a hole in your budget? Have you got less money to spend on the stuff you love these days?

Well we have a way to help – RU!  If you drive to work, there’s probably room for at least one more in your car. Sharing your commute with just one other person will halve the cost. has been set up specifically for staff and students at the University of Reading, register you journey and find out who you could share a lift with.

If you’ve thought about lift-sharing before, this is the ideal time just to give it a try. It takes five minutes to sign up and search for others going your way.   If you sign up this week your name will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle!!

You don’t even need your own car. Lots of members would be happy to give you a lift, in return for a contribution to the fuel costs and a bit of friendly company!

It’s not just about cars – you can also register walking, cycling and public transport journeys, whether you’re looking for company for added safety on your journey, or just want someone to chat to!

It doesn’t have to be a regular journey. You can look for one off journeys, journeys you do once a week, and journeys at times you don’t think anyone else will be travelling. The more people that log their journeys, the more potential matches there are! You don’t even need a car.  The more people that register the more chances there are to find a match!

You can select whether you just want to include members of the University scheme to share with, or widen your search to include other Liftshare members too. There could be someone working at the hospital or in town who is your ideal match.

As Anna told us: “Car-sharing saved me around £120 a month – and having some company makes the journeys go far quicker.”

It’s totally free to join Just log onto and give lift-sharing a try in liftshare Week!

Please support liftshare week by forwarding this information to your peers and colleagues, place posters in prominent places in your department and tell a friend that by signing up to during liftshare week they will be in with a chance of winning a Kindle!!

With your support we are hoping for a record number of people to sign up, register their journey and share their commute.