Sustainability newsletter - issue 1
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University-own water in Mithras
Catering Services have started a trial for bottling our own water in Mithras House on the 3rd October. Bottled water ordered for events and hospitality is now replaced with mains fed, chilled and filtered water, bottled in re-usable bottles.
The water is bottled on site in sterilised University of Brighton branded 750 ml bottles at a bargain price of £1.00 and both sparkling and still water are available. Re-usable glass bottles are not cheap to come by, a charge will also be enforced for non returned bottles.
This will greatly reduce the amount of used bottles being thrown away as well as the environmental impact that bottled drinking water has on hospitality, conferences and events.
If successful, Catering Services would aim to roll out this service across the university for hospitality deliveries.
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Reduce Reuse Recycle...
Finally, this year after much consultation and correspondence, receptions and communal areas on all campuses are going to be home to a new trial recycling infrastructure. Alongside the new bins will be a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling and to ensure proper use to help our university increase our recycling rates. A recent audit by the university’s Waste and Energy Research Group (WERG) showed that the total amount of waste sent to landfill was 425 tonnes per year. The composition of this waste was estimated to be 33% paper and card, 33% food waste and organics and 33% IT, furniture and miscellaneous items. It is therefore evident that the university’s production of waste could be reduced significantly. The new sustainable development policy states that the university aims to increase its recycling rates of general waste from 20% to 30%. These increased recycling rates will have numerous benefits within the university, nationally and on a global scale.
The university is currently charged £120 per tonne of rubbish that is sent to landfill and could benefit from large savings. Furthermore, larger issues were raised by a recent report by the Local Government Association which warned that an area of 109 square miles was already being used for landfill in the UK. It also stated that if the current trend of waste disposal continued, the UK could run out of landfill space in under nine years. Landfill sites can be a source of contamination on a global scale due to the release of methane into the atmosphere, a major green house gas. It can also be problematic on a local scale with the possibilities of leachate (liquid from rubbish) seeping into waterways and soil. The leachate can contain environmentally degrading pollutants such as aluminum, zinc, ammonia, heavy metals and PCB’s.
There are many myths that circulate about recycling not being worthwhile but if you take into account that each ton of recycled paper, for example, can save an average of 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 2.7 cubic meters of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy and 26,000 liters of water. It’s time to Reuse, Reduce, Recycle!
The new and improved Cockcroft
For all students and staff holiday-goers that hadn’t noticed all the banging, drilling and dust over the summer, Cockcroft is being refurbished! This might have just been a faint rumour to all you students out there, a faint whisper from a course-rep or a brief mention by a lecturer but it is happening now.
Our plan in this newsletter is to send you a few updates every now and then to inform you about the progress being made.
- The refurb will focus on Cockcroft tower (floors 1-8) to accommodate staff offices, computing facilities and specialist teaching & research facilities. (AL mail)
- It’s being undertaken in order to carry out a general upgrade, replacing windows and services and improving the general functionality of the building. (EFM website)
- A new 160-seater lecture theatre will be brought to you on the east end of the 4th floor, hoped to be available by mid-October. (AL mail)
- Photovoltaic cells are also in the pipeline, due to arrive before Christmas. These will be installed on the roof of the Cockcroft building. (AL mail)
- At some point, Student Services could to be relocated to the 1st floor in Cockcroft ‘providing a student hub on the lower floors’.(EFM Website)
- A BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating is the hoped for result of this scheme, giving the building a better environmental performance. (EFM Website
See the Estates and Facilities Management website for more details.
Watch this space!