University goes green
Press release issued: 15 March 2004
Bristol generates enough rubbish each year to cover the whole of the Downs knee-deep. Find out where it ends up during Bristol University's Environment Week, which starts on March 15.
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.
A giant dustbin, an environment fair, free bike training and tagging and a Dr Bike session where mechanics will be available to carry out free bike safety checks, make minor repairs and adjustments and provide bike maintenance advice are among the events taking place across the University's Clifton precinct.
On Thursday, March 18, members of the public will be able to hear expert views on climate change and to ask questions at Passion for the planet - first steps for a low carbon future. The free forum, by Andy Middleton from CarbonSense, 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."