As part of the University's commitment to improving our environmental impact the College has a Carbon Management Plan and Eco codes. The aim is to reduce our 'carbon footprint' by reducing the use of utilities (gas, electricity and water), volume of waste, and increase the amount of recycled material.
Initiatives currently in force include:
- Energy saving light bulbs throughout the College
- Boilers are programmed to maximise efficiency
- Recycling bins provided for glass, paper, cans, cardboard, batteries and ink cardridges
- Recycling bags in all kitchens and all bedrooms
- Dedicated Recycling cleaner who empties the recycling bags on a weekly basis
As part of the 'green' initiative and in order to encourage students to play an active role, a competition between the flats within the blocks are organised. The aim of the competition is to reduce the number of carbon dioxide emissions produced. Students in the winning flat are treated to a food hamper.
Green Move out award
Stephenson staff attended a presentation on Tuesday 22nd May 2012, where we received a shield for most improved college 2010-11.
Stephenson environment team needs all the help it can get and students are encouraged to get the College JCR actively involved in other environmental activities across the University, in particular the University's Sustainable Living Action Group, and also in developing any new ideas.
The JCR environment representative is: Belitsu Salgin
The Stephenson College environment champion is Helen Luke who is located at the onsite College office.
Walk To Work Week 13th - 17th May 2013
National Walk to Work Week will take place between Monday 13th and Friday 17th May 2013.
The aim of the week is to think about changing the way you arrive at work, to walk in if you can, either part way or all the way. However if you are not able to, then you can also consider taking part in the following:
- Hold a walking meeting
- Walk all or part of the way to a meeting
- Take a walk during your lunch break
During the week a full range of walks are taking place on lunchtimes, including a Treasure Walk around Durham's River Wear; "Birdsong for Beginners"; Nordic walking and river walks. For more a programme of events please click here.
Celebrating our University's biodiversity and photographic talent.
Are you are interested in photography? want to enjoy the beautiful nature of Durham University and would you like your photograph to be used as an e-card by staff and students, why not enter the ‘Nature watch’ photo e-card competition?
This competition aims to celebrate the wonderful biodiversity on the University estate and showcase some of the photographic talents of our staff and students. The winning images will be used to create e-cards on the Greenspace website, which will be available for staff and students to send. Sending an e-card saves the production and transport costs associated with sending paper cards. For more information please click here .
Environmental Fact of the Week
6th May 2013
Did you know it is National Walk to Work Week from Monday 13th May?
14th April 2013
This week’s Greenspace message is ‘Did you know to support food waste initiatives the Library Café will be reducing the price of sandwiches which have a nearly expired ‘use by date’ to £1 after 6pm each evening?
8th April 2013
Did you know the Botanic Garden helps to keep its meadows rich in wild flowers by grazing them with their own rare breed sheep?
2nd April 2013
'Did you know that the YUM sandwich boxes have windows made of cornstarch, to allow the whole empty packet to be easily recycled with paper and cardboard?'