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University all set for Environment Week

Press release issued: 23 April 2002

Media release
University all set for Environment Week

Bristol University, one of the region's largest employers, is pulling out all the stops for Environment Week, which starts on April 22. Energy efficiency, recycling and transport will come under the spotlight in a host of initiatives designed to make a lasting impact on the University's environmental performance.

The University's Energy and Environmental Management Unit and the Students' Union have joined forces to co-ordinate a programme of activities that will raise staff and students' awareness of green issues.

An alternative living fair, free bike training and tagging and a cycle roadshow where people can try out a variety of bikes and learn how to maintain them are among the events taking place across the University's Clifton precinct.

Students and staff will also have a chance to quiz First Bus with public transport queries and can get information from Traveline on how to plan journeys by all forms of public transport.

On Thursday, April 25, members of the public will be able to hear expert views on climate change and to ask questions at a Climate change forum. The panel will include Pekka Haavisto, former Environment Minister of Finland, Dr Richard Lawson of the Green Party, Vala Ragnarsdottir, Professor of Environmental Geochemistry at the University, and Martin Wiles, the University's Energy and Environmental Manager. The free forum will take place at 1 pm in the School of Chemistry, Lecture Theatre 2, Cantock's Close.

Energy conservation projects that have saved over £1 million over the last five years and a recycling scheme saving 200 tonnes of cardboard and paper a year are two of the environmentally-friendly steps already taken by the University.

Professor Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, said: "Reducing our environmental impact is an international concern, from the Kyoto Climate Change agreement through to European and UK targets to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide. The need for both global and local action is essential.

"The University is committed to improving its environmental performance and wants to build on the successes made so far.

"We want to expand the recycling scheme to cover more types of materials and increase the amounts recycled, to invest further in energy- and water-saving projects and to include more energy and environmental features in new buildings."

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Tuesday, 23-Apr-2002 17:41:06 BST

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