The Results of This Year’s Green Impact at DMU

This year, our Green Impact scheme at DMU has been outstanding! And like each year before, Sustainable DMU enjoys celebrating the accomplishments of staff and students who have been involved, by hosting an awards Ceremony for those involved. Please follow the link to find out more information about the scheme.  http://sustainability.nus.org.uk/green-impact

The ceremony is an opportunity to recognise the accomplishments of both staff members and students who have participated in the Green Impact project. This year the teams have completed 700 environmental actions including actions on waste reduction, recycling, saving energy reducing carbon emissions and engaging with other staff members in their directorate and faculty. Nearly 5000 actions have been completed over the course of the 7 years that De Montfort University have been involved in the scheme.

The NUS Green Impact scheme allows staff and students to use an online workbook, which has a range of environmental actions which combined will significantly help to reduce carbon footprints on campus; these range from fairly easy actions, to much larger and slightly more difficult actions. Those who have been involved with the scheme for a number of years will be able to progress towards a higher level of achievement, having completed the other easier tasks in previous years, whilst those who have just joined will complete easier actions.

The scheme helps to break down boundaries and to build staff and student relations as staff notably appreciates the input that the students have had in aiding with their progress. It also offers students the opportunity to build their personal portfolios, with an Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) accredited environmental auditing scheme, whilst staff are able to prove that they can actively adapt to change and are contributing to a more sustainable future at DMU.

On the day the ceremony was hosted by Environmental and Sustainability Officer Karl Letten, Green Impact Frontrunner Sebastian Schellerer and Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner Rebecca Mason in the Trinity Chapel. The room was packed full of excited guests ready to receive a well-deserved award handed over by guest, Professor Paul Fleming from the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) in the Faculty of Technology.

The ceremony began at 12pm and ran until 1pm beginning with a short discussion from Karl Letten about the Green Impact scheme and the work that has been achieved so far; this focused mainly on the past year and was followed by a speech from NUS representative, Rachel Soper, as well as thanks and praise to the teams and to Karl from both Frontrunners, Sebastian and Rebecca.

After introductions and thanks, it was time stuck into handing out the awards!

The awards handed out were as follows:

Bronze

FOTAC

QEII Leisure Centre

Silver

4th Floor Flyers

Strategic and International Partnerships

Gold

Learning Support Centre

ITMS

Green POD

Excellence

Estates Development

Estates Services

Student and Academic Services

Finance Greens

Executive, Governance and Legal Services

Special Awards

ITMS – Innovation

Green POD – Engagement

ITMS – Community

Learning Support Centre – Most Improved Team

QEII Leisure Centre – Best New Team

Environmental Hero’s

Student – Cybeles Nunziata

Student – Sara Williams

Student – Wing Tang

Staff – Amanda Thorley

Project Assistants

Sara Williams

Quinn Franklin

Nizam Patel

Cybeles Nunziata

Environmental Auditors

Richa Singhal

Sara Williams

Quinn Franklin

Gaza Nathaniel

Cybeles Nunziata

Special Projects for the Excellence Awards

Green Impact team who have previously gained the Gold standard award have the opportunity to undertake a special project on an environmental topic of their choosing. These special projects are awarded with an Excellence standard.

The first project was run by  Student Academic Services, Estates Development and Estates Services, who organised and ran two biodiversity projects including bulb planting on the grass area in front of the Edith Murphy building and outside of the Kimberlin Library. The bulb planting element used bulbs which produce flowers rich in nectar which is ideal for bees when they come out of hibernation. The second element of the project was a bat box making workshops which included background information on bat ecology from Conservation Officer Nathalie Cossa who is fluent in all things bats from the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. Nathalie presented on the lives of bats, how they are going extinct and how we can help them out.

The second project was run by the Finance Team who worked towards reducing paper use and recycling by cleaning out their archives and moving some forms to electronic formats so they would not need to print them off; they also ran iPad training sessions for senior management. Through their efforts the team managed to recycle over 210 bags of paper which is a tremendous achievement.

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The third was run by Trinity House and is an ongoing project focused around biodiversity in the gardens that is looking into the possibility of having beehives on campus. The project is currently in the process of bringing in a local ecologist to come and give advice on the project.

Our top performer this year was the ITMS team, winning four separate awards

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Whilst our environmental heroes shone with their awards…

We were excited to welcome the Queen Elizabeth II Leisure Centre as our best newcomer.

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All award winners received a goody bag handmade from recycled newspaper which included a bicycle seat cover, a recycled drinks bottle, a Divine Fairtrade chocolate bar, a pedometer and instructions on how to make your own paper bag.

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You can download this template to make your own recycled newspaper (or paper) bag here… http://www.noteworthy.com/templates/paper_bags 

Special thanks go out to the Estates Maintenance Services gardening team, who spent a lot of their time assisting with projects and by providing materials to do so.

Each year involvement with the Green Impact scheme advances; next year we expect the amount of teams to grow and produce some brilliant projects and subsequent results! All those at DMU are welcome to join in and we appreciate any level of involvement.

If you would like to get involved with the Green Impact scheme next year, please get in touch with Karl Letten, Environmental and Sustainability Officer (kletten@dmu.ac.uk).

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Rebecca Mason, Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner

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My bike and I

Exams period is about to end and it is time for some students to go back to their home.

This means a lot of things, such as saying goodbye to all the people you have met during last months, your flatmates, your accommodation, the library and for someone is a real goodbye to Leicester, because if you are a third year student or an international student, then you won’t be back at DMU next September.

One day I saw a post on Facebook where my friend Lise was selling her beloved bike to someone who will be in Leicester next year. I know that for her that bike was extremely important, so I asked to write how much it actually was.

So, I am happy to share her feeling in this short tale.

My bike and I.

This story begins when I arrived in a city far too big for me. Everything was different from where I grew up. I was not afraid, but I needed to take my time to adapt to this new environment. I was curious to discover the city centre, to know each quarter and to visit the countryside surrounding it. But every good adventure is fulfilled with good a companion. And I knew what it would have been. So I looked for it on Gumtree and when I saw its pictures I knew right at the moment that it was the one that I needed. Its shape, its colours… we were made to ride together. When it arrived at home at the end of a sunny day I rode it until the sun went down. And that is how I tamed the city and its surroundings. I went up and down, further, faster with my trustful machine. Rain, wind or even snow, nothing could stop us. By day or night. We were free. Free from the traffic, my legs were the only carburant it needed. As quiet as a mouse, we were flying along the canal. But every story has an end and ours takes place where it began. I’ve just post an ad on internet. This is farewell time and time to find a new owner.

Lise’s inspiring story tells us that is never too late to learn to ride, because your bike will be a perfect buddy for life!

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Fedora Agosti (Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner)

Volunteering becomes fashionable

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During last weeks, I volunteered in the Green Impact Excellence, a planting project to spread biodiversity through the DMU Campus. The project consisted in different sessions, from designing the plaques for the planters to the actual planting activities. So, I had the opportunity to meet students from other faculties, such as architecture, finance and accounting, fashion design and so on. Among others, I met Denise, a Chinese fashion student in her 2nd year at De Montfort University. A ‘Fashion Show’ is held for the final projects of fashion design students, which involves a catwalk with the garments designed by the student. Denise asked me to take part in the show by wearing her clothes for the catwalk.

That day we met at the Heritage House and she helped preparing me for the event. The fashion laboratory was full of people, students and tutors. The catwalk was essential and the audience was, fortunately, not so big. Eventually, I did a catwalk with the clothes of a Denise’s friend holding a flower. Green touch for a glamorous event!

Taking part in volunteering activities with the sustainability team gave me the possibility to create new connection with students with a different background.

Furthermore, the sustainability issue is becoming bigger also in the fashion field. Actually some fashion company are trying to become more ethical and sustainable.

Fedora Agosti (Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner)