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Sustaining the challenge

23 Tachwedd 2009

Jonathon Porritt delivered the Hadyn Ellis Distinguished LectureJonathon Porritt delivered the Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture

Hundreds of people have taken part in the University’s first Sustainability Week, helping the University drive forward its sustainable development agenda and providing a good foundation for Sustainability Week 2010.

The aim of the Week was to bring together the Cardiff community to support the University in tackling sustainability issues. Staff, students and members of the public have attended events, activities, made pledges and sent in ideas.

Jane Davidson AM joins a Question Time-style panel debate at the University for Sustainability Week

Jane Davidson AM joins a Question Time-style panel debate at the University for Sustainability WeekJane Davidson AM joins a Question Time-style panel debate at the University for Sustainability Week

The event began with the 2009 Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture, this year delivered by the well-known environmentalist and commentator Jonathon Porritt. During an engaging and lively lecture, Jonathon spoke about the need for people to take on a sense of personal responsibility if we are to get anywhere near success in tackling climate change.

The lecture was followed across the week by a number of other key events including a debate attended by Jane Davidson, the Assembly Minister for the Environment, Sustainability & Housing, which sought to uncover whether it is possible to eat our way to sustainability. Others involved an evening of readings and discussions around the role of culture in sustainable development, and a Students In Free Enterprise guest lecture by one of Wales’ pioneers of bio-fuel production.

Renowned Welsh poet Rob Minhinnick provides a unique insight into whether culture has a role to play in sustainable development during an informal discussion for Sustainability Week

Renowned Welsh poet Rob Minhinnick provides a unique insight into whether culture has a role to play in sustainable development during an informal discussion for Sustainability WeekRenowned Welsh poet Rob Minhinnick provides a unique insight into whether culture has a role to play in sustainable development during an informal discussion for Sustainability Week

Events at the Students’ Union included a food co-operatives, a bike repair workshop, a film screening of a new hit movie and an opportunity for staff and students to measure their eco-footprints.

Around 900 staff and students from across the University came forward to pledge to support the University community in becoming more sustainable, including a pledge by the University Vice-Chancellor to award a Prize for Sustainability during the annual Sustainability Week, starting in 2010. Other pledges include:

  • Using less electricity
  • Reducing water use
  • Adopting more sustainable eating habits
  • Learning more about sustainability issues
  • Taking the stairs rather than the lift
  • Printing double-sided
  • Using less paper
  • Turning down the heating
  • Walking more
  • Recycling more

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To see a selection of the pledges as well as ideas from staff and students on how the University can become more sustainable, visit the Sustainability Week website .

Did you know:

  • In the last two years, the University has saved a total of 11,151 tonnes of carbon and is currently working towards auditing and increasing its efficiencies of water and energy usage, recycling, green procurement, campus maintenance and biodiversity.
  • The University currently recycles more than 5 tonnes of waste each week, representing approximately 50% of the total waste arising.
  • A £1M grant given by the Education Funding Council for Wales is being used to install 1,900 new energy meters, to reach a total of 3,000 meters across the University estate.

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