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Introduction

Creating a low carbon, greener Hope can only be achieved with the help of our staff and students.  We need your support and input to meet our targets, achieve our goals and to ensure that our projects are successful. 

All staff and students have the opportunity to live, study and work in a sustainable environment as well as develop and use their skills and understanding required to contribute to global sustainability throughout their careers.  There are many opportunities to get involved in Living Sustainably at Hope.

 

What Can I do?

Give it a go…there’s something for everyone, no matter what your background, skills, experience or ability.

Check out our top tips throughout this site to see how small changes to your office practices and procurements can have significant benefits, both environmentally, and financially. Adopting these practices can also help you save money and energy at home.

 

Did you know?

  • Four teams completed the I HEART MY Campus Challenge in 2017 - two team were awarded gold and two teams were awarded a Bronze award
  • Since joining Student Switch Off in 2012 Student Residences have saved 28,444 kWh – enough energy to boil nearly 250,000 one-litre kettles
  • Students donated nearly 2.2 tonnes (270 bags) of unwanted clothes and other items in our end of year re-use event, which would have otherwise been thrown away.  This generated nearly £3800 for the British Heart Foundation's Pack for Good initiative 
  • The University has an allotment for both staff and students to use
  • Student's can get a half price annual membership with the Student City Bike

 Liverpool City Bike, half price annual membership, Liverpool Hope University, Living Sustainably at Hope

Students

Green Hope Society

The Green Hope Society is a very new society wanting to tackle very current issues, we want to explore all possible green avenues within the university, the local community and also the wider world.

Got an idea for a campaign or of ways Hope SU can improve on sustainability? Contact Ayo on vpreswelfare@hope.ac.uk

 

I HEART MY Campus Challenge

What is it?

The Student's I HEART MY Campus Challenge is a competition between halls of residence to see who can reduce their energy usage by the greatest amount.  Last year we had hundreds of students take part - will your halls win this year?

 

Switch Off - Save Energy - Win Prizes!

 

Join the competition and keep up-to-date with prizes on offer by liking our Facebook page and keeping an eye out on the Hope bulletin and your hall's Facebook page.  You'll be able to see the monthly league table to check out who's winning.

 

Why should I do it?

The University has a significant environmental impact, which comes at a substantial financial cost - we currently spend around £1.4 million per year to pay the utility bills (gas, electricity and water) and to remove the waste we create; that's a lot of money which could be better spent on enhancing your experience and improving the environment.

We have set ourselves ambitious targets to reduce our energy consumption by 25% by 2020-2021; we have made good progress so far, but there is still more to do.

Completing the energy saving top tips will save energy, make the best use of the resources we have, allow us to meet legal and best practice requirements and reduce the money we spend.  These actions could also help you save money when you move into private rented accommodation.

The Challenge aims to create a sense of community and encourage communication and competition.  All students can get involved, including those who have had little interest or knowledge of energy saving and sustainability.

There will be quizzes throughout the year with prizes to be won

Watch this space for details of upcoming quizzes

How?

Join in the Challenge and win prizes throughout the year through regular photo competition and a climate quiz twice a year.  At the end of the year, whichever hall reduces its energy consumption the most will win a celebration.  Prizes include:

  • Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
  • Lush gift sets
  • Eco-gadgets
  • Catering vouchers
  • End of year celebration for the winning hall
  • and much more...

You can reduce your energy consumption by:

  • Turning off the lights, television, computers and other appliances before you leave the room
  • Putting on a jumper/another layer instead of turning the heating on - an additional layer can add 3 degrees to your body temperature
  • Only boil the amount of water you need in the kettle
  • Putting a pan lid on could save 90% of the energy required to cook you food and it saves time as well
  • Don’t leave anything on standby – this still uses around 9% of the energy

There are plenty of other energy saving tips on this website and on our Facebook page.

 

More information

Find out more on our Facebook page

Staff

I HEART MY Campus Challenge

What is it?

The University is transforming into a greener, more sustainable place to work and study.  The I HEART MY Campus Challenge is the fifth year that a staff environmental challenge has been run, with last year being its most successful year to date.  The I HEART MY Campus Challenge celebrates and recognises environmental achievements and also assists and encourages teams to further investigate their environmental performance.  

The I HEART MY Campus Challenge is a competition between teams who complete various actions to achieve a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Excellence Award.  Being more sustainable can sometimes seem overwhelming with so many different issues and it is easy to feel powerless; these actions are simple, daily habit forming lifestyle changes which are clear and easy to implement, which are:

  • Good for the environment,
  • Good for your health and wellbeing; and
  • good for improving our knowledge and increasing your skills

 

Why?

The University has a significant environmental impact, which comes at a substantial financial cost - we currently spend around £1.5 million per year to pay the utility bills (gas, electricity and water) and to remove the waste (excluding building waste and electrical items) we create; that's a lot of money which could be better spent on improving the environment and enhancing the experience of both staff and students.

We have set ourselves ambitious targets to reduce our energy consumption by 25% by 2020-2021; we have made good progress so far, but there is still more to do.

Completing the actions will save energy, make the best use of the resources we have, allow us to meet legal and best practice requirements and reduce the money we spend.  These actions could also help you save money at home.

 

How does it work?

Taking part is easy:

  • Create a team (could be an office, floor, department or building)
  • Sign up to the Challenge
  • Complete the actions
  • Gain recognition and celebrate your achievements at our awards ceremony

The Challenge is about continuous improvement, with the actions updated annually, rather than a one-off ranking exercise.

There will be a number of workshops and drop-in sessions throughout the year, regular newsletters and emails, and all the information you need can be found within the website and on our Facebook page.

 

What’s in it for you?

  • Taking part is free and fun
  • It's interactive and team building
  • The chance to have a big impact in your department
  • Opportunity to achieve and gain recognition at our annual awards ceremony, where we give out goodies and formal awards to say thank you for all your hard work
  • Recognition for environmental actions already complete
  • Giving you a framework for encouraging your colleagues to think about sustainability
  • Learning about environmental issues
  • Opportunity to build professional and personal skills

 

What other people said...

The Repro Greenies said "Its a great campaign, it made a positive impact on our working day"

 

See what other teams have been up to

Green Books and More tell us how they have got involved in Green Impact and are now working with the Students to increase Sustainability

Student Administration have been swapping their computers for the great outdoors at lunchtime

The SR Club tell us how Charity leads to exercise

 

More information and key dates

Welcome Workshop

Welcome Workshop

Race to the finish workshop - date TBC 

Action Plan Submission - date TBC

Auditor training - date TBC

Audits - date TBC

Celebration event - TBC

 

 

Find out more on our Facebook page

Allotment

The allotment (Seeds of Hope) was initially set up by the Finance Office to encourage team building and to provide an opportunity to improve the Health and Wellbeing of the Team.

 

The allotment is now open to all staff and students; it's a great place for:

 

- getting out in the fresh air, 

- promoting an active lifestyle

- working with like minded people

- enhancing the local biodiversity

 

There are herbs, rhubarb, fruit trees (apple, pear, cherry and apricot) and we'll be sowing and planting vegetables throughout the year.  Keep an eye out on this page and on our Facebook page for when we are meeting.

 

What's in it for me?

Some benefits of gardening from the National Allotment Society (www.nsalg.org.uk)

- just 30 minutes of gardening on the allotment can burn around 150 calories, the same as doing low impact aerobics

- spending as little as 15 minutes outside in the summer sunshine can help build up your levels of vitamin D, if you are fair skinned.  If you have naturally darker skin, anywhere up to 90 minutes of sun exposure will help your vitamin levels (remember your sun cream though!)

 

Introduction

Creating a low carbon, greener Hope can only be achieved with the help of our staff and students.  We need your support and input to meet our targets, achieve our goals and to ensure that our projects are successful. 

All staff and students have the opportunity to live, study and work in a sustainable environment as well as develop and use their skills and understanding required to contribute to global sustainability throughout their careers.  There are many opportunities to get involved in Living Sustainably at Hope.

 

What Can I do?

Give it a go…there’s something for everyone, no matter what your background, skills, experience or ability.

Check out our top tips throughout this site to see how small changes to your office practices and procurements can have significant benefits, both environmentally, and financially. Adopting these practices can also help you save money and energy at home.

 

Did you know?

  • Four teams completed the I HEART MY Campus Challenge in 2017 - two team were awarded gold and two teams were awarded a Bronze award
  • Since joining Student Switch Off in 2012 Student Residences have saved 28,444 kWh – enough energy to boil nearly 250,000 one-litre kettles
  • Students donated nearly 2.2 tonnes (270 bags) of unwanted clothes and other items in our end of year re-use event, which would have otherwise been thrown away.  This generated nearly £3800 for the British Heart Foundation's Pack for Good initiative 
  • The University has an allotment for both staff and students to use
  • Student's can get a half price annual membership with the Student City Bike

 Liverpool City Bike, half price annual membership, Liverpool Hope University, Living Sustainably at Hope

Students

Green Hope Society

The Green Hope Society is a very new society wanting to tackle very current issues, we want to explore all possible green avenues within the university, the local community and also the wider world.

Got an idea for a campaign or of ways Hope SU can improve on sustainability? Contact Ayo on vpreswelfare@hope.ac.uk

 

I HEART MY Campus Challenge

What is it?

The Student's I HEART MY Campus Challenge is a competition between halls of residence to see who can reduce their energy usage by the greatest amount.  Last year we had hundreds of students take part - will your halls win this year?

 

Switch Off - Save Energy - Win Prizes!

 

Join the competition and keep up-to-date with prizes on offer by liking our Facebook page and keeping an eye out on the Hope bulletin and your hall's Facebook page.  You'll be able to see the monthly league table to check out who's winning.

 

Why should I do it?

The University has a significant environmental impact, which comes at a substantial financial cost - we currently spend around £1.4 million per year to pay the utility bills (gas, electricity and water) and to remove the waste we create; that's a lot of money which could be better spent on enhancing your experience and improving the environment.

We have set ourselves ambitious targets to reduce our energy consumption by 25% by 2020-2021; we have made good progress so far, but there is still more to do.

Completing the energy saving top tips will save energy, make the best use of the resources we have, allow us to meet legal and best practice requirements and reduce the money we spend.  These actions could also help you save money when you move into private rented accommodation.

The Challenge aims to create a sense of community and encourage communication and competition.  All students can get involved, including those who have had little interest or knowledge of energy saving and sustainability.

There will be quizzes throughout the year with prizes to be won

Watch this space for details of upcoming quizzes

How?

Join in the Challenge and win prizes throughout the year through regular photo competition and a climate quiz twice a year.  At the end of the year, whichever hall reduces its energy consumption the most will win a celebration.  Prizes include:

  • Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
  • Lush gift sets
  • Eco-gadgets
  • Catering vouchers
  • End of year celebration for the winning hall
  • and much more...

You can reduce your energy consumption by:

  • Turning off the lights, television, computers and other appliances before you leave the room
  • Putting on a jumper/another layer instead of turning the heating on - an additional layer can add 3 degrees to your body temperature
  • Only boil the amount of water you need in the kettle
  • Putting a pan lid on could save 90% of the energy required to cook you food and it saves time as well
  • Don’t leave anything on standby – this still uses around 9% of the energy

There are plenty of other energy saving tips on this website and on our Facebook page.

 

More information

Find out more on our Facebook page

Staff

I HEART MY Campus Challenge

What is it?

The University is transforming into a greener, more sustainable place to work and study.  The I HEART MY Campus Challenge is the fifth year that a staff environmental challenge has been run, with last year being its most successful year to date.  The I HEART MY Campus Challenge celebrates and recognises environmental achievements and also assists and encourages teams to further investigate their environmental performance.  

The I HEART MY Campus Challenge is a competition between teams who complete various actions to achieve a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Excellence Award.  Being more sustainable can sometimes seem overwhelming with so many different issues and it is easy to feel powerless; these actions are simple, daily habit forming lifestyle changes which are clear and easy to implement, which are:

  • Good for the environment,
  • Good for your health and wellbeing; and
  • good for improving our knowledge and increasing your skills

 

Why?

The University has a significant environmental impact, which comes at a substantial financial cost - we currently spend around £1.5 million per year to pay the utility bills (gas, electricity and water) and to remove the waste (excluding building waste and electrical items) we create; that's a lot of money which could be better spent on improving the environment and enhancing the experience of both staff and students.

We have set ourselves ambitious targets to reduce our energy consumption by 25% by 2020-2021; we have made good progress so far, but there is still more to do.

Completing the actions will save energy, make the best use of the resources we have, allow us to meet legal and best practice requirements and reduce the money we spend.  These actions could also help you save money at home.

 

How does it work?

Taking part is easy:

  • Create a team (could be an office, floor, department or building)
  • Sign up to the Challenge
  • Complete the actions
  • Gain recognition and celebrate your achievements at our awards ceremony

The Challenge is about continuous improvement, with the actions updated annually, rather than a one-off ranking exercise.

There will be a number of workshops and drop-in sessions throughout the year, regular newsletters and emails, and all the information you need can be found within the website and on our Facebook page.

 

What’s in it for you?

  • Taking part is free and fun
  • It's interactive and team building
  • The chance to have a big impact in your department
  • Opportunity to achieve and gain recognition at our annual awards ceremony, where we give out goodies and formal awards to say thank you for all your hard work
  • Recognition for environmental actions already complete
  • Giving you a framework for encouraging your colleagues to think about sustainability
  • Learning about environmental issues
  • Opportunity to build professional and personal skills

 

What other people said...

The Repro Greenies said "Its a great campaign, it made a positive impact on our working day"

 

See what other teams have been up to

Green Books and More tell us how they have got involved in Green Impact and are now working with the Students to increase Sustainability

Student Administration have been swapping their computers for the great outdoors at lunchtime

The SR Club tell us how Charity leads to exercise

 

More information and key dates

Welcome Workshop

Welcome Workshop

Race to the finish workshop - date TBC 

Action Plan Submission - date TBC

Auditor training - date TBC

Audits - date TBC

Celebration event - TBC

 

 

Find out more on our Facebook page

Allotment

The allotment (Seeds of Hope) was initially set up by the Finance Office to encourage team building and to provide an opportunity to improve the Health and Wellbeing of the Team.

 

The allotment is now open to all staff and students; it's a great place for:

 

- getting out in the fresh air, 

- promoting an active lifestyle

- working with like minded people

- enhancing the local biodiversity

 

There are herbs, rhubarb, fruit trees (apple, pear, cherry and apricot) and we'll be sowing and planting vegetables throughout the year.  Keep an eye out on this page and on our Facebook page for when we are meeting.

 

What's in it for me?

Some benefits of gardening from the National Allotment Society (www.nsalg.org.uk)

- just 30 minutes of gardening on the allotment can burn around 150 calories, the same as doing low impact aerobics

- spending as little as 15 minutes outside in the summer sunshine can help build up your levels of vitamin D, if you are fair skinned.  If you have naturally darker skin, anywhere up to 90 minutes of sun exposure will help your vitamin levels (remember your sun cream though!)