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Switching Off to make a Green Impact

Student Switch Off Logo Monday 20 October 2014

Students and staff are being encouraged to take on a university-wide environmental challenge starting this week. 

More than 200 Liverpool Hope students are already participating in the Student Switch Off – an international campaign encouraging students to incorporate energy saving into their life in halls. They have been posting pictures of themselves on the NUS’s Student Switch Off site, turning out lights, computers and appliances and putting lids on pans.

Last year, Hopkins Halls were the University’s 2013/14 energy saving champions. They reduced their electricity use by 7% - saving enough energy to keep 22 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere, keep a 15W energy-saving lightbulb on for 351 years or boil 1,439,594 cups of tea.

To try and beat last year’s record, the sustainability team is recruiting new student ambassadors whose job it will be to advise fellow flat mates on the best ways to save energy. 

Those interested in becoming an ambassador are invited to attend Student Switch Off Ambassador Training on Tuesday 21st October (1pm-2pm) in EDEN 007.

Limor Best, Liverpool Hope’s Students’ Union Vice President (Welfare & Community) said: "Student Switch off is a great opportunity to make being mindful about sustainability instinctive, and to encourage students and staff to keep up these great energy saving habits not only within Liverpool Hope, but in their own homes and lives." 

Now, the same energy-saving challenge is being put to Liverpool Hope staff.   

Green Impact is a national scheme, again run by the NUS, which invites university staff to complete as many actions as possible to improve their sustainability, and in return they receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. From recycling, to investing in more efficient equipment, to encouraging biodiversity, or Fairtrade, teams are encouraged to build sustainability into their everyday working practices.

Teams can attend a Green Impact workshop on Tuesday 21st October (12noon-1pm) in EDEN 007 to find out what they can do around the office to help save energy and promote sustainability. 

Dr Suzanne Hartley, Sustainability Manager, said: “This is a great opportunity to embed sustainability into everything we do. I am really looking forward to seeing how both students and staff rise to the challenge. By making small changes to the way we do things, we can make a big impact.”

To find out more about both training sessions contact Dr Suzanne Hartley on hartles@hope.ac.uk 

 

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