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LSBU to host Jonathon Porritt lecture | ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’

LSBU to host Jonathon Porritt lecture | ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’ | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it
A public lecture titled ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’ by internationally-renowned environmentalist Jonathon Porritt will take place at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 13 October 2015 from 17:15 to 19:30. At this event hosted by LSBU, Jonathon Porritt will discuss the future of sustainability in higher education, and what it…
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Deliberately thought provocative title but we all know JP is for HE to show leadership on this. The absence of Government agencies driving it and the rhetoric of 'Greenest Government Ever' clearly belonging to the Lib Dems in coalition not the Conservatives means there is an absence of clear leadership. Unless, those in the sector lead it themselves ... 

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EU Sustainable Energy Week at The University of Nottingham

EU Sustainable Energy Week  at The University of Nottingham | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it
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There is a full week of activities planned at The University of Nottingham - showcasing expertise and inviting you to get involved - sessions include: 


Decentralising Energy Production to Empower Communities: Power, Heat, Transport ; 

Energy in society: material footprints, bioethics and public engagement; 

Future Energy for Aerospace Seminar; 

Tour of the Creative Energy Homes; 

Energy Technologies Building Open Day; 

Antarctica: Our Climate Change Barometer; 


Register online at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/other/eu-sustainable-energy-week/programme/programme.aspx


Pls RT: @uniofnottingham @uonsustain 

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New standard launched to certify business commitments to SDGs

New standard launched to certify business commitments to SDGs | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it
A new standard was launched on Monday (10 July) to quantify, certify and maximise the business contributions to the development of climate change mitigation and other key targets listed by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). - edie news centre

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Europe's largest community battery to be installed at Nottingham's Trent Basin — WEST BRIDGFORD WIRE

Europe's largest community battery to be installed at Nottingham's Trent Basin — WEST BRIDGFORD WIRE | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

A trailblazing consortium of business, government and academia has come together, supported by Innovate UK, to pilot state-of-the-art technologies and unique business models.

 

Homeowners at Trent Basin will be invited to participate in the project and, by opting in, will look to make significant savings in energy costs. Technologies to be employed include photovoltaic panels, communal battery and heat stores and ground source heat pumps.

 

A formidable consortium of partners has come together to deliver the scheme, including the University of Nottingham.

 

Article published: 28 June 2017

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Brilliant stuff from @uniofnottingham in partnership with the private sector to realise such an exciting vision! 
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Dinosaurs of China: Tickets, opening times, events and parking — NOTTINGHAM POST

Dinosaurs of China: Tickets, opening times, events and parking — NOTTINGHAM POST | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

From a dinosaur the height of three double-decker buses to talks from the Really Wild Show's Chris Packham, there's something for everyone at this summer's Jurassic exhibition, Dinosaurs of China.

 

The clock will be turned back to the time of Gigantoraptors, Mamenchisauruses and Dilophosauruses as Wollaton Hall becomes home to fossils and specimens never before seen outside of Asia.

 

The second exhibition at the University of Nottingham's public arts centre, Lakeside Arts will welcome the Alxasaurus and the Dilophosaurus which together with the University's own Life Science collection will explore how dinosaurs may have looked.


Article published: 31 May 2017

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Guilt trips lead to cooperation and could help manage climate change — DAILY MAIL

Guilt trips lead to cooperation and could help manage climate change — DAILY MAIL | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

Guilt trips have a positive effect on our behavior and lead to better cooperation, research has found. 

 

Feelings of guilt encourage people to repair a situation, while anger leads to retaliation and a breakdown in cooperation. 

 

'The implications of this study are far reaching,' said Dr Alexa Spence, a researcher at the University of Nottingham's School of Psychology and Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, and a co-author of the study.

 

'If we understand that guilt leads to cooperation we can begin to recognise this and moderate our engagement activities accordingly to improve it.'


Article published: 11 May 2017

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Tech could take data from the clothes you wear and boost health — NOTTINGHAM POST

Tech could take data from the clothes you wear and boost health — NOTTINGHAM POST | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

He wants  to change the world by using science to improve lives — and now the owner of a 'smart fabrics' tech business is bidding to win an award in a competition led by Prince Andrew.

 

Simon McMaster, who has developed patent-protected technology where the textile acts as a sensor that can collect data used in healthcare and consumer products is in the running for the people's choice award at the Pitch@Palace event on Tuesday 25 April.

 

After setting up Footfalls & Heartbeats in his native New Zealand four years ago, he moved the business to The University of Nottingham's Ingenuity Centre last year to boost an existing working relationship with its researchers.

Article published: 24 April 2017

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Turning greenhouse gases into usable chemicals — BBC WORLD SERVICE 

Turning greenhouse gases into usable chemicals — BBC WORLD SERVICE  | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

Professor of Applied Molecular Microbiology at The University of Nottingham, Nigel Minton discusses his research into bacterial gas fermentation, which looks to turn greenhouse gases into usable chemicals. 

 

Broadcast: 10 February 2017

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Interview with Professor Todd Landman — THE FREE THINKTANK

Interview with Professor Todd Landman — THE FREE THINKTANK | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

Todd Landman is Professor of Political Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor within the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Nottingham.

 

In addition to that, he is also internationally renowned for his work on the measurement and analysis of human rights; he has assisted the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, the UK foreign Office and Amnesty International. 

 

In this interview, we have touched on a wide range of subjects from 'academic magic' to his favourite books.

 

Published: 21 October 2016

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Great to see projects at scale happening in the further education sector. The opportunities afforded to agricultural colleges like Sparsholt are, of course, different to urban colleges and universities but this is ambitious. Great to see.
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Opening of the new GlaxoSmithKline building on Jubilee Campus — BBC1 'EAST MIDLANDS TODAY'

Opening of the new GlaxoSmithKline building on Jubilee Campus — BBC1 'EAST MIDLANDS TODAY' | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

Coverage of the new GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) building based on The University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus.

 

Featuring an interview with University of Nottingham Professor Peter Licence regarding the carbon neutral status of the building.

 

“When we built this building, we borrowed carbon from our environment, from the planet. So essentially, we have to pay back the pounds that we used to construct the building but we also have to pay back the carbon to the environment and we do that by making electricity and making excess heat in this building.”

 

The new building is now up and running and will become the world's  first carbon neutral laboratory. 

 

Broadcast: 28 September 2016

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In 2015/16, Green Impact was run in 270 organisations, with 1,889 Green Impact teams or departments, reaching 29,191 staff. NUS trained 912 students as mentors and auditors, and delivered 85,851 greening actions, 52,352 of which were done as a result of the scheme.
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Search is on for Notts' green-fingered businesses and people — NOTTINGHAM POST

Search is on for Notts' green-fingered businesses and people — NOTTINGHAM POST | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

The search is once again on for the county's greenest community projects, business ideas, innovations and individuals as the Nottingham Post Environmental Awards 2016 are officially launched today.

 

Andrew Nolan, sustainability director at The University of Nottingham — which is sponsoring the environmentalist of the year category — said: "From the individuals who help maintain our award-winning green campuses to the talented academics undertaking world-class research into global challenges such as addressing climate change, we're very much aware of the positive impact that passionate and committed individuals can have.

 

"Sustainability is one of our top priorities at The University of Nottingham, and sponsoring the Environmental Awards is a rewarding element of that."


Article published: 8 August 2016

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We're delighted to support the Nottingham Post's Environmental Awards again this year. It's just one way we can acknowledge and recognise the tremendous commitment of individuals, community groups and businesses in the city.
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Ever heard of SDG washing? The urgency of Sustainable Development Goals due diligence

Ever heard of SDG washing? The urgency of Sustainable Development Goals due diligence | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it
It is clear that the world will never reach the SDGs without businesses. While businesses can make positive contributions, such as creating jobs, finding innovative solutions for climate challenges or contributing to human capital development, they can also cause or contribute to negative impacts, such as exploiting labour in supply chains, damaging the environment or engaging in corrupt practices. Businesses should pay due attention to ensure that they avoid undermining the SDGs by causing or contributing to negative impacts.

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Europe’s ‘largest’ community battery to be installed in Nottingham — THE PLANNER

Europe’s ‘largest’ community battery to be installed in Nottingham — THE PLANNER | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

The ‘largest’ community battery and solar photovoltaics that will generate, store and distribute energy at a neighbourhood level is set to be installed on the banks of the River Trent in Nottingham.

 

A consortium of businesses, government and academia has come together, supported by Innovate UK, to pilot “state-of-the-art technologies” and a “unique” energy company for residents.

 

The consortium includes Blueprint, the University of Nottingham, Siemens, URBED, Solar Ready and Nottingham City Council.

 

The project is being supported by £6 million of grant funding from Innovate UK through two energy programmes — the Energy Research Accelerator and Project SCENe.

 

Article published: 17 July 2017

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Nottingham's £200m plan to solve world issues – creating 500 jobs — NOTTINGHAM POST

Nottingham's £200m plan to solve world issues – creating 500 jobs — NOTTINGHAM POST | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

One hundred of the greatest minds are being sought to come to Nottingham and help solve some of the world's biggest problems.

 

The high-calibre recruitment drive is part of a new £200m project by the University of Nottingham that will create up to 500 jobs, including new academic talent and researchers.

 

Within the University's biggest ever investment dedicated to research, it aims to tackle six global challenges – including securing sustainable food supplies, ending modern slavery and developing greener transport systems.

 

Article published: 22 June 2017

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David Ross Sports Village is 'state of the art'  facility — KLAS SPORTS RADIO 

David Ross Sports Village is 'state of the art'  facility — KLAS SPORTS RADIO  | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

Presenter and sports journalist, Alison Mitchell, also a former student at the University of Nottingham, talks about her recent visit to the University Park campus and the new £40 million David Ross Sports Centre, which she describes as a state of the art facility. 

 

Broadcast: 25 May 2017

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These three new Nottingham buildings are among best in region — NOTTINGHAM POST

These three new Nottingham buildings are among best in region — NOTTINGHAM POST | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

Three of Nottingham's newest development projects triumphed over 36 of the region's most impressive buildings to gain top honours at an industry awards ceremony.

 

The £23m GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry building, at The University of Nottingham Innovation Park, took home the design through innovation award and overall project of the year title at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards for the East Midlands on Friday 28th April.

 

It was gutted after a huge fire during construction in September 2014 but was rebuilt using exactly the same design, eventually opening in September last year. Based on the University's Jubilee Campus, it serves as a hub to catalyse scientific collaborations within the industry.

 

Article published: 29 April 2017

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With a lack of government policy and guidance, it has been for universities to determine how much of a priority sustainability is for them. We're proud that the stunning, architecturally inspiring, GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory of Sustainable Chemistry is the first carbon-neutral laboratory to be built in the UK. The building has achieved BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum ratings and will achieve its carbon-neutral status after 25 years and it has recently had recognition for its innovative design at the Regional RICS awards alsongside the University's Ingenuity Building and David Ross Sports Village.
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Hundreds of teenagers Spring into Science at The University of Nottingham — BBC1 'EAST MIDLANDS TODAY'

Hundreds of teenagers Spring into Science at The University of Nottingham — BBC1 'EAST MIDLANDS TODAY' | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

Hundreds of teenagers spent the day springing into science at The University of Nottingham. 

 

The idea is to excite more school children to study science. 

 

BBC1 East Midlands heads to the University to take a look at the day and speak with some of the children involved.

 

Professor of Physics at The University of Nottingham, Ed Copeland also comments.

 

Broadcast: 24 April 2017

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"We're extremely proud of the high standards set by our Grounds team here at the University and are very pleased to be recognised by IOG at their annual awards".
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A week today we're taking Nottingham to Westminster to showcase the great things happening in Nottingham. The University is showcasing many of the great things it does and supporting our partners too. Nottingham's commitment to sustainable transport - something that is really important to The University of Nottingham - is being led by Lillian Greenwood MP. Some important lessons to be understood about the benefits of comprehensive public transport, tram investments, work place park levies and strong leadership on low emission transport. An opportunity to look at a successful alternative to the franchised public transport model. Nottingham is viewed as a beacon for Public Transport best practice, with its operators and the local authority regularly winning awards for excellence. Patronage, passenger satisfaction, punctuality and journey times are all improving. A proven track record of innovative partnership working between the local authority and progressive operators, delivering consistent improvements over the past 10 years.
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Over the last 2 years we have installed 3 new cooling units for the Medical school where maintaining stable internal temperatures is vital for experimentation and user comfort. The School is our most energy intensive space across our UK campuses so investment to reduce carbon, save money and build in resilience has been central to our invesment. The chillers are electrically powered and use high efficiency compressors to minimise energy input. Along with improved chiller controls, this is expected to provide annual energy cost savings of £270,000 and carbon savings of 933 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to taking 183 cars off the road for a year. The system has now operated successfully over the summer period. As a comparison with last summer (Jun-Aug), steam consumption for the Medical school has more than halved, resulting in a net saving of £103,765.

On our Sutton Bonington Campus we have invested £1.35m in  two combined heat and power (CHP) units which produce heat and electricity for use at the campus.This upgrade delivers around 40% of the site’s electrical and heating demand providing estimated reductions in annual energy bills of £260,000, and resulting in reducing the carbon footprint of the University by 1,150 tonnes.
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Our friends at Enactus Nottingham are representing the UK at the Enactus World Cup in Toronto. They're presenting two great projects - Aquor and ReCovered. Two shining examples of sustainable social enterprise.
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Where are Nottingham's original Victorian public parks? — NOTTINGHAM POST

Where are Nottingham's original Victorian public parks? — NOTTINGHAM POST | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

Nottingham is good at parks — a point confirmed with the award of 29 Green Flags last month. But the city has been good at parks for a very long time — as a new exhibition explains. The show, Nottingham's Historic Green Spaces, continues at the Local Studies Library until August 30 and is the latest contribution to a community history project.

Led by academics at The University of Nottingham, the project tells the history of the city's Victorian parks and shows how they continue to perform the function for which they were intended — providing rest and recreation for toiling citizens.

 

And with it comes the message that these green spaces should be protected in perpetuity, as our Victorian forefathers intended.

"You remember what happened when a leisure centre was proposed for one end of The Forest recreation ground," we are reminded by Professor John Beckett of The University of Nottingham.

 

Article published: 9 August 2016

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It was great to see the Green Flags awarded last month - two for our very own University Park and Jubilee Campuses. This new exhibition "Nottingham's Historic Green Spaces" continues til 30th August.
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Record numbers benefit from University internship scheme — EAST MIDLANDS BUSINESS LINK 

Record numbers benefit from University internship scheme — EAST MIDLANDS BUSINESS LINK  | Sustainable Universities | Scoop.it

Almost 50 organisations are benefiting from a University of Nottingham internship initiative designed to help local SMEs tap into student expertise.

 

The Nottingham Internship Scheme has flourished over the last three years, culminating in the placement of over 80 interns this summer, almost double the number from last year. 

 

48 different organisations have been involved this year, receiving approximately 40 percent of the cost of employing the intern.

 

Article published: 9 August 2016

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The University of Nottingham takes internships seriously because we know our students are more employable as a result. We're running 4 internships with the Faculty of Engineering around the concept of a 'smart campus' this summer. It's a win-win.
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