This week has been a great week. Let’s go through some of the amazing events which happened over the last few days.
On Monday we had a lunch talk about ‘Carbon Management’ at DMU, held by the Environmental and Sustainability Officer, Karl Letten, where it was explained how DMU is working to reduce the totality of its carbon footprint. It involves three different areas or scopes of emissions reduction to achieve by 2020. Scope 1 and 2 involves reducing the overall energy consumption and the use of DMU owned vehicles, while scope 3 involves reducing the emissions from waste, business travels, staff and student commute, international student travels and UK based student travels as well as emissions from our procurement related activities. As you may assume, scope 3 is the hardest to meet, because it could only be influenced by promoting eco-friendly behaviour. You can find our more on our website http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/dmu-estate/environmental/carbon-management.aspx
On Tuesday, there was a lunch talk by Professor Subhes Battacharyya, who explained, with slides and a short footage, his work in India to install renewable energy mini-grid systems using photovoltaic panels for some rural areas, where DMU is a leading partner. Also, he invited to join him for the final dissemination of a new Off-grid Project in South Asia, which will take place at DMU on 26th March. You can find out more about this exciting project here:- http://www.dmu.ac.uk/research/research-faculties-and-institutes/institute-of-energy-and-sustainable-development/research-projects/oasys/index.aspx
On Wednesday, Keren Long came to speak about Fairtrade. She critically analysed the world of fair trading, outlining the benefits and the criticism as well. One major point was how Fairtrade system should improve in certifying the supply chain as well as the rest of the production system of a good. Her practical experience gave the audience a real taste of ethical business and promotion of ethical standards in fashion.
Also on Wednesday, the Green Impact Excellence Project was launched in a meeting with DMU staff and volunteer students were involved. The project will see the team working on planting activities to boost biodiversity across the Campus. Furthermore the vases would be made from recycled plastic, which comes from DMU activities and waste and have been recycled.
On Thursday, Neil Harrison talked about the Campus transformation with the developing of the new Fletcher Building. He explained the promotion of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions from the new buildings
The Climate+ positive talk week has been a success and the sustainability team is proud to promote awareness across DMU.
Fedora Agosti (Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner)