Friday 10th March
As many of you will know, Fairtrade is a global organisation which helps millions of workers and farmers across the world to secure better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade.
In celebration of the annual ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’, E&F staff were invited to try a range of Fairtrade products such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, kit kats, home-made banana bread and a variety of exciting flavoured chocolate.
Whilst enjoying these delicious Fairtrade sweet treats, staff were encouraged to learn about what Fairtrade actually is and why it matters through a colourful, informative poster display which told stories of real people who have benefited from the organisation
By creating this Fairtrade Friday display, the team hoped to raise the profile of Fairtrade and encourage staff to opt for Fairtrade products in the future.
If you missed our Fairtrade Friday event or would like to find out more information about how you can support Fairtrade, please click the link below and keep scrolling!
Don't feed exploitation
Supporting Fairtrade is really simple - opt for the products stamped with the Fairtrade logo below! You can find a variety of Fairtrade products at the majority of large supermarket retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury, Co-Op and Asda).
Fairtrade products often do not cost much more than non-Fairtrade products. Better yet, by choosing Fairtrade products, you can be sure that you are making a positive impact on someone's life - not feeding exploitation.
This year's official Fairtrade video might convince you otherwise:
Change Trade for Good
You can also help 'Change Trade for Good' by signing the petition below...
Comic Relief Bake Sale
Friday 24th March 2017
We would like to say a massive
to everyone who participated in this event, whether it was through baking, donating, or eating!
We were really pleased with the level of engagement in this event from staff in E&F and around the University... I think everybody would agree that the cakes were all absolutely delicious!
In total we raised
- So thank you once again for all of your efforts to help improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.
Friday 24th March 2017
On Friday 24th March, staff and student volunteers gave up their evening to help with one of the University's biggest environmental events of the year - Blackout. By the end of the night, this awesome team of volunteers had:
- Turned off over 460 computers and 790 screens;
- Switched off 470 lights;
- Closed 18 windows;
- Powered down 30 radiators
... Saving the University £310 and preventing the emission of 1400kg of carbon.
This means that if people were more careful switching off things before leaving every Friday, we would save the University around £15 500 per year and prevent 70 tonnes of CO2 emissions from contributing to ruining our planet. If people were careful every day, even during the work day, we could save much more!
Well done and thank you to everybody who took part in helping organising the Blackout, promoting it, advising on it or just being extra careful that day to switch everything off before leaving.
Save energy, save money, save the planet!
Want to keep on saving the University energy and money?
Try putting into practice these 5 really easy energy saving tips....
- Turn off all lights, computers and appliances when not in use and when leaving the office - Blackout proved to us just how much money this can save!
- Open the blinds and let the sunlight shine through! - Favouring natural light over artificial lights could even improve your mood as well as saving the University energy and money.
- Think before you print - Only print when absolutely necessary, and always remember to print double sided.
- Check your radiator settings are no higher than 21 degrees - this means no more than '3' on the thermostat!
- Shut the windows when leaving the office - fresh air is great, but not when it wastes heating! If you open the windows, remember to adjust your radiator settings accordingly so you don't waste heat, and close the windows when you leave!
Wednesday 15th March
Here in A305, we have a variety of bins which allow us to separate, recycle and dispose of our waste - from bio-degradable food waste, milk bottle lids, batteries, coffee capsules, scrap paper, mixed recycling and general waste. The question is, just how good are we at actually putting our waste in the right bins?...
...Pretty good, actually! Rob and Ellen carried out a waste audit and discovered that, on the whole, we are pretty good at separating our waste and putting our rubbish in the correct bins. There were no contaminants in the food/compost bin, nor was there any rubbish in the general waste bin that should have been in the mixed recycling.
There was an exception though – in the mixed recycling bin we found an apple core (doh!) and.... a coffee cup. Please remember, even just one piece of waste disposed of in the wrong place can contaminate the whole bin and prevent its contents from being recycled!
From waste to...
Do you have any office equipment or furniture that you no longer want or need? Don't just throw it away - advertise it on Warp It!
You can also use Warp It to find chairs, tables, stationary and even bikes to borrow for commuting to work here... All for FREE! It's really easy to sign up - just click the link below!
As Mirna's eye-catching poster mentions, reusing items via Warp It can significantly reduce the production of CO2 and waste, and also save millions of pounds!
So what are you waiting for?..
Car Free Day
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Everybody knows that travelling by car is harmful to the environment, causes congestion on the roads and is often expensive; yet, for many of us it is our chosen mode of transport to work. Sure, driving to work might be more convenient for some people, but it has to be said that there are a wealth of benefits that can be gained from travelling to work via foot, bike or public transport instead. These include:
- An improved level of personal fitness - this one goes without saying!
- Potential to save £££s a year - no more parking or petrol costs!
- Contributing to a healthier, sustainable environment - reducing the level of carbon emissions being pumped into our atmosphere and helping to save fossil fuel are just two examples!
- Opportunities to connect and interact with people – whether that be other passengers on your bus/train, or fellow cyclists and pedestrians!
To encourage staff to realise these benefits, cycling enthusiast and Green Impact member, Richard Brett, promoted a car-free day in E&F for Wednesday 5th April. All staff who were able to were challenged to leave their car at home and travel to work by foot, bike, or public transport.
We were really pleased with the number of you who accepted the challenge and, although promoted as a one off event, we hope that the car free day has encouraged many of you to reconsider your daily commute. Thank you Richard for promoting this initiative!
If you are considering cycling to work in the future, you can hire a bike through Solent Health for free for up to a month at a time! The University also has a Cycle to Work Scheme which helps you to purchase a bike and accessories, tax-free, through salary deduction scheme.
Go on then, on yer bike!!