The University of Leicester is – quite literally - nailing its colours to the tallest building on campus.
In a bold and forthright statement, the University of Leicester is sending out an environmental message by committing to recycling.
A giant banner will declare: One Year’s University Waste Could Fill This Tower – Now We Can Recycle Half of This. The banner spans the top two floors of the Attenborough Tower and is visible for miles around.
The banner, which will remain on the building for a number of months, will in turn be recycled - being used in a local community allotment project to suppress weeds or help shelter seedlings.
The institutional pledge to recycle comes as staff and students have themselves been making Green Pledges during Big Green Week- the biggest environmental festival in the University’s history.
Scores of events form part of the week and a new Centre for Environmental Research will also be launched during the week. The Centre will bring together experts in environmental research and climate change to form a think tank on some of the most pressing issues of our times.
Dr Emma Fieldhouse, Environmental Manager, who is spearheading the green initiatives on campus said: "Big Green Week has reinforced the message that there are like-minded people who care about the environment, and that the University is now committed financially, ethically and with people power to making positive environmental changes. With 100 volunteer recruits, 40 Environmental Coordinators, 650 green pledges so far and being championed by senior managers and our estates colleagues… the time to green the University has come!"
"Our aim is to raise awareness amongst staff and students of environmental issues on and beyond the campus, and to demonstrate how to make their lifestyles greener, their carbon footprint smaller and their environmental consciences clearer."
"The University produces approximately 1200 tonnes of waste every year and its aim is to cut this first by half though a range of recycling initiatives around the campus. The first phase of recycling bins are already in place and a further two phases will bring recycling opportunities to the rest of the academic buildings."
"On Thursday (Oct 18) we are also staging a Recycled Art Exhibition, a Clothing Swap-Shop, Ethical Fashion Show and Recycled Fashion Show competition featuring clothes from waste materials. There will also be a Battery Amnesty, where batteries can be left to be appropriately disposed of."
"The message underlying all the fun of the day itself is to bring to everyone's attention the drive by the Estates and Environment Team to implement the phasing in of recycling across the University's operations to make it easier for staff and students to dispose of their waste responsibly."
The University of Leicester has pledged its commitment to the environment in the following ways:
- reduce its carbon impact through 27 projects (delivered over the next 5 years) designed to make the University more energy efficient
- developing a Green Travel Plan and employing a Travel Coordinator to support sustainable ways of travelling to and from the University- strive to achieve Fairtrade Status by the end of this academic year
Ather Mirza | alfa
Scientists produce a new roadmap for guiding development & conservation in the Amazon
09.12.2016 | Wildlife Conservation Society
Successful calculation of human and natural influence on cloud formation
04.11.2016 | Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Physicists of the University of Würzburg have made an astonishing discovery in a specific type of topological insulators. The effect is due to the structure of the materials used. The researchers have now published their work in the journal Science.
Topological insulators are currently the hot topic in physics according to the newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Only a few weeks ago, their importance was...
In recent years, lasers with ultrashort pulses (USP) down to the femtosecond range have become established on an industrial scale. They could advance some applications with the much-lauded “cold ablation” – if that meant they would then achieve more throughput. A new generation of process engineering that will address this issue in particular will be discussed at the “4th UKP Workshop – Ultrafast Laser Technology” in April 2017.
Even back in the 1990s, scientists were comparing materials processing with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosesecond pulses. The result was surprising:...
Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...
In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.
“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...
16.11.2016 | Event News
01.11.2016 | Event News
14.10.2016 | Event News
09.12.2016 | Life Sciences
09.12.2016 | Ecology, The Environment and Conservation
09.12.2016 | Health and Medicine