Lord Puttnam lecture
Lord Puttnam delivered a climate change lecture on the 25th May in the Calman Learning Centre. The lecture was well attended by approximately 200 people. Prior to the lecture an exhibition on Green Issues and climate change took place in the Calman café. A selection of local organisations exhibited, namely The Energy Saving Trust, Groundwork North East, Durham County Council (Green Travel, Love Food Hate Waste, and Warm Homes), Livingstreets and Climate Change Schools Project. Narec and the University's skip contractor (John Wade) also exhibited at the event. Internal exhibitors consisted of a general environment stall (waste, energy, travel and Fairtrade), SLAG, DSU, the Library, DBUG, Durham Energy Institute and Procurement. The exhibitors provided information on how to live and work in a more sustainable way.
Durham University Biodiversity survey
The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. As part of Durham University's contribution to this event, we used the opening of our new Botanic Garden Woodland and Haymeadow Nature Trail to launch the Durham University Biodiversity Survey. Our Chancellor, Bill Bryson, opened the nature trail and launched the survey in the Botanic Garden woodland on 9th March 2010.
The survey offers all staff and students the opportunity to participate in a study of the plants, animals and fungi found within the estate. Staff and students can upload their records of findings to the Durham University Biodiversity website, where lists of everything found will be compiled. This site will also contain a regular newsletter, information on short nature trails around the university estate and details of lunchtime guided walks to help staff and students hone their wildlife identification skills. The objectives of the survey are to increase awareness of members of the University to the biodiversity on our doorstep, foster greater appreciation of this resource and encourage its conservation, for the benefit of all who live and work in Durham city.
Environmental News Page
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