Welcome to the Green Impact page for the Michael Smith Building. Here you will find information and links for staff and students on various environmental initiatives such as sustainable travel and food, recycling, biodiversity and fairtrade within the Smith Building and at the University. We hope you find our webpage useful. If you have any comments/feedback or ideas for further additions please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Inwood is asking her University colleagues to help her inspiring community project win a national award.
You can vote for Hulme Community Garden – where Michelle works as a weekend volunteer – in the Guardian newspaper’s Live Better Challenge Community Project Award.
Once a wasteland, this community garden centre is a fruitful learning and therapeutic resource for inner-city Manchester.
Michelle , who conducts contact lens clinical trials in Optometry, explains: “We are here to inspire, educate and heal, and of course offer a huge range of plants for sale throughout the year. Our public gardens are alive with birds and insects who appreciate our strict chemical free practices, and the several annual events we hold get bigger and better every year.”
Hulme Community Garden is one of 17 inspiring community projects up for the Guardian vote.
The project with the most votes will receive £1,000 of funding, and the projects with the second and third largest number of votes will each receive £500 each. One voter, chosen at random, will receive £150 worth of vouchers to shop at Nigel's Eco Store.
Researchers from the University have funded and assisted the reconstruction and expansion of the Timburi-Cocha Research Station in Payamino, Ecuador. They have provided employment for the
local community and facilitated biodiversity research in an area of high endemism. Our staff and students have played a vital role in preserving wildlife and indigenous culture in the area, and their fieldwork has discovered new insect species, recorded native birds and mammals, and proven that
the community’s agricultural practices are safe for wildlife.These vital discoveries have armed the local government with the evidence needed to discourage oil and gold companies from investigating the region. Faculty researcher Professor Richard Preziosi, chair of the research station, says that exploration could devastate the region’s wildlife, culture, and community.Since 2005, around 80 life sciences students have travelled to the remote research station. Their work is essential to wildlife
conservation. According to the community’s president, the station is ‘a thriving community project that has helped to keep oil companies and illegal meat hunting at bay, while enabling the community to preserve their way of life.’
Join Rick Parker, chairman of Bolton Conservation Volunteers and find out more about amphibians and other animals which live in ponds, their needs and requirements and how you can develop an attractive pondlife environment for these animals. Rick has been Chairman of Bolton Conservation Volunteers for over 30 years, the group manages habitats for wildlife, in particular ponds and their surroundings, to encourage Great Crested Newts and rare dragonflies.
Brompton Dock provides its members with 24/7 access to the legendary Brompton folding bikes for both long and short-term hire. The scheme was launched at Manchester Piccadilly station in partnership with First Great Western in October 2012.
Members can hire or reserve a bike from the dock at Manchester Piccadilly station by sending a text message. The bikes are foldable and can be taken on public transport, even during peak times, and easily stored at home, in the office or taken into university. Brompton Dock is offering a more convenient, healthy, and flexible way to travel and anyone can take part.
Brompton Dock is offering staff and students of the University of Manchester a special offer on annual membership and hire charges. This means that you can join for £10 (reduced from £45) with a daily hire rate of £2.50.
Save up to 15% of your fuel costs with these tips for better driving from the Energy Saving Trust.
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The Environmental Sustainability department are offering Smarter Driver training for staff who drive on university business and are interested in fuel-efficient driving. Last year fuel savings averaged 15% and each participant received a certificate with their result. There are 40 places available, 8 per day (24th, 25th, 26, 28th and 31st March) in 50 min time slots from 830am. If you are interested in participating, please email email@example.com
Please note that this month the event will take place on a Thursday instead of the usual Wednesday. The event will take place in the main refectory on the ground floor of the Royal Northern College of Music. The event includes a free breakfast, and is a great opportunity for new or old cyclists to meet each other and find out the latest cycling news.
Over 130 first year students from the Faculty of Life Sciences gave up their Wednesday afternoon to participate in a “Sustainable World Event” and consider a range of issues focused on dwindling natural resources and how we can plan better for the future. As part of the University’s Social Responsibility strategy, students
took part in this pilot event for the ‘Ethical Grand Challenges’ Signature Programme. This sustainability challenge will be the first in a series of three issues all undergraduate students will be confronted with in the future, with social justice and workplace ethics events taking place in the second and final year of studies.
Each student attended two of six interactive workshops on offer, providing them with the opportunity to think about a variety of topics, get hands-on and test out ideas in support of a sustainable future. Workshops included Currents from Currants (investigating the use of solar energy from soft fruit), Gamifying Sustainable
Choices for students (using eco-games to learn about reducing their carbon footprint) and Climate Relief Green Nose Day (a brainstorming session to consider a green charity initiative modelled on the BBC’s Red Nose Day).
At the end of the afternoon students were asked to provide feedback. The feedback will be used to develop a much bigger pilot, which will be aimed at first year students during Welcome Week this autumn.
The event was positively received by students. Neli Stefauoua, a Physiology student said: “I really enjoyed the afternoon, It really made me think about issues of sustainability in new ways.”
Matthew Cobb, the Associate Dean for Social Responsibility in the Faculty of
Life Sciences said: “We have received some very constructive feedback, which we will use to develop the next stage of the pilot progamme. We hope the workshops gave the participants time to think about the future of our planet whilst having fun and getting to know each other”.
The aim of the Ethical Grand Challenges signature programme is to equip our graduates to address some of the most profound ethical challenges of the 21st century.
By 2017/18 every Manchester undergraduate student will be confronted with a set of major ‘Ethical Grand Challenges’ through the completion of a common programme in each year of their undergraduate study.
In support of the sustainability strategy with a view to reducing travel and therefore carbon emissions; Media Services in the Directorate of Estates and Facilities offer a free and fully supported video conferencing service to all staff and students of the university.
The facilities are in the Roscoe, Renold and Humanities Bridgeford St buildings. The Roscoe facility can accommodate up to 12 participants, Humanities Bridgeford St 10 and the new facility in Renold 6.
The technical support staff just require contact details for the team at the other end of the conference, they will then make contact and take care of all the connection arrangements.
The University has a number of successful initiatives to reduce cycle crime but the reality is bikes are still stolen (99% have poor quality locks). In an effort to help students or staff who have a bike stolen on campus, the University is introducing a free bike loan scheme so that victims will have access to a bike on a short term loan basis while they look to replace the stolen one.
The bikes have either been recovered on campus by car parks staff or by the police. They've been serviced by volunteers at the Students Union Biko Bikes Project or by a community payback scheme run by the police.
Ian Halliwell, the University's Crime Reduction Advisor said, "We already offer cycle security measures such as the free cycle registraiton scheme and the discounted Gold standard locks but, having spoken to victims of bike crime, we wanted to go that one step further."
Andrew Hough, the University Sustainable Travel Planner said, "I am pleased to support this excellent addition to our package of cycling initiatives. Whilst Ian in particular does a fantastic job reducing the chances of bike theft, to have this safety net for the victims goes some way to reduce the burden and keep them on two wheels."
A great team effort
A number of departments from with the University, volunteers from the Students Union and the police have all be involved in making the project happen.
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