The responsibility for this page being updated belongs to The Environmental Officer
The Eddies Environmental committee is dedicated to ensuring the continued environmental running of the college, and to improving our â€˜greenâ€™ standing as far as possible over the coming year.
Becoming an environmentally friendly college depends on a joint effort from all its student members as well as staff, and we always welcome suggestions from members of the CR on how we can improve our facilities.
Below is a list of the current facilities around our college that we can all benefit from using:
Paper recycling bin under the pigeon holes and in some kitchens
Glass recycling bin in each kitchen (bright yellow lid – please wash all glass and remove labels)
Glass recycling bins outside each kitchen (bright yellow lid – please wash all glass and remove labels)
Glass recycling bins in each kitchen (bright yellow lid – please wash all glass and remove labels)
Paper recycling bin next to the photocopier
Bin forÂ unwanted clothes to be donated to charity
There are also large recycling bins at the front of the College, coming out of the left-hand side driveway opposite the back entrance to the kitchens. Here you will find bins for tins cans, glass, paper, plastic bottlesÂ and cardboard -Â please use them!
Firstly, we are currently working on implementing an action plan throughout college drawn up by the previous environmental committee that will help us to reduce our energy usage.
In addition, we are looking to provide more recycling bins within all buildings to help all of us recycle our waste. The aim is to provide full recycling facilities in every kitchen. Moreover, we envisage to set up a student-run allotment.
A free bicycle doctor workshop is held every saturday between 5.00 and 6.00 pm in the bike sheds in front of Norfolk building. Whatever the matter the Bicycle Doctors will try to help you out.
Furthermore, the college is going to have a Green Committee . Volunteers are needed for the Bicycle Doctors, recycling issues and new ideas. I hope to develop a striving green scene around college.
St. Edmundâ€™s was officially rated the 10th ‘greenest’ Cambridge college by the CUECS Environmental League table of 2007, which is a fantastic achievement! We are going to participate again this year and hope to improve. the green status. However, in order to make Eddies to the rising star of enivironmental performance, here are some top tips everyone can do to help:
TURN OFF LIGHTS:
The lights in the Norfolk building and in toilets are not on timed sensors. By remembering to switch them off we will save money as well as energy
TURN OFF ELECTRICALS:
We can also remember to switch off our own electrical when not in use: laptops, mobile phone chargers, lamps, stereos, kettles, cookers etc. Remember, a computer monitor left on overnight wastes enough energy to heat 6 microwave dinners!
SAVE ELECTRIC & WATER:
Try not to boil more water than you need, and switch off taps after use (and when brushing your teeth!)
Print double-sided where possible, and re-use paper and envelopes
RE-USE CARRIER BAGS:
Use the supermarkets â€˜Bag for Lifeâ€™ that are strong, re-usable and normally more environmentally friendly than plastic bags. Sainsburyâ€™s in town also has a recycling point where you can recycle plastic bags.
Buy locally sourced products rather than ones flown in from abroad, and buy organic / fair-trade where possible for as more ethical choice
There are loads more great tips on the internet, such as The Energy Saving Trust:
Cambridge University Environmental Consulting Society: http://www.societies.cam.ac.uk/cuecs/index.html
Let me know if you would like to be added to the University Environmental Mailing list to receive e-mails about Green Matters in andÂ around the University. If you have any comments, queries or suggestions, please get in touch â€“ I will be happy to hear them!
Environment Officer – ttr22