University's green success celebrated in Green Week (12-16 November)
Release Date 12 November 2012
This week the University is celebrating its green achievements in the fourth annual Green Week, as itï¿½is almost halfway to achieving its 35% carbon reduction target just two years into the five year 'carbon management plan'.
So far the total carbon emissions have been reduced by 16.5%, which has resulted in cumulative savings of ï¿½3.9 million and 11,137 tonnes of CO2e to date.
In the last year 53.7% of the University's waste was diverted away from landfill (which exceeds the ambitious target of 50% set in 2011/12), and significant savings have been made thanks to the installation of solar panels, draught proofing and the efforts of students and staff across our campuses.ï¿½
Green Week aims to encourage students and staff to continue making efforts to further reduce our emissions, and there are lots of events taking place throughout the week, including many that are open to the public...
Battle of the Bins
Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell and President of the Students' Union, James Fletcher, will be taking part in a ï¿½Battle of the Bins'! Come to the Palmer building foyer at 1pm to cheer them on (along with the RUSU Cheerleaders) as they battle to separate and recycle the most waste. Student TV RU:ON will be streaming the event live and there will be light refreshments available.
Community Open Event
Staff, students and members of the public are invited to join together for an evening of interactive debate and discussion on the topic of environment and sustainability in our region. Dr Marina Della Giusta, an expert in behavioural and social economics, will talk about her research into the ï¿½nudge theory', local resident Peter Seoul will discuss whether the hugely successful Earley Adopt-A-Street Initiative could work in other communities and a number of other ï¿½green' questions will be addressed.
Professor Steven Mithen, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International and External Engagement, and other senior members of staff will also be on hand to answer questions and explain current and future campus developments. All welcome - Agriculture building, Whiteknights campus (use the Earley Gate entrance), 6pm.
Lunch time concert in the dark
As part of the Music@Reading lunchtime concert series, Ikuko Inoguchi will be playing the piano in the dark to highlight energy saving initiatives at the University. Palmer G10, 1.10pm-1.50pm.
'Even the Rain' at Reading Film Theatre
Come and watch 'Even the Rain' (15), with a pre-film seminar given by Dr Emily Boyd, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, whose research is concerned with the human dimensions of environmental change. Palmer G10, 8pm.
Professor Janet Barlow, Department of Meteorology, and Director of the Centre for Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments (TSBE) gives her public lecture entitledï¿½ï¿½Hot in the city: Urban Heat Islands explained'. You can also follow the lecture on Twitterï¿½@UniofReadingï¿½/ #UoRLectures.ï¿½ Palmer G10, 8pm
Join the University Grounds Team for a guided walk around the Whiteknights campus. Meet outside the Campus Central shop, 11.30pm-12.30pm.