March 2018 Newsletter - Loughborough University

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March 2017

November 2016

It’s Better OFF @ Easter Easter already, where has the time gone? With the Easter break fast approaching please don’t forget its Better OFF, to be OFF for Easter! Please ensure you have switched of PC, Laptops and Monitors before you leave the office for the break. Also remember if you have control of lighting in your office to switch that off too. The MFD’s will power themselves off so there is no need to touch them. Remember to check before switching any research equipment off, and if research is running over the Easter break remember to try be as efficient as possible, and consolidate equipment where feasible to. If you have any energy wasters you would like us to take a look at please let us know. We always appreciate your assistance. Have a lovely Easter Break

Sustainability Team Seasonal fruit and veg Generally, fruits and vegetables are more widely available when they are in season. In March vegetables including leeks, celery, beetroot, parsnips, and sweet potatoes are all in season. Fruits like apple, orange, grapefruit, and kiwi are all in season too. A full guide can be found here: Seasonal fruit and veg can both taste better and be cheaper!

Don’t forget to check out our Easter competitions on our social media pages Fb – LoughboroughUniversitySustainability Twitter - @SustainLboro

Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle Easter is the most over packaged seasonal event there is, Easter eggs packaged with foil, plastics and boxes, plastic and foil wrapped sweets, they may look lovely and your egg my arrive perfectly formed, but what is the impact of all this waste? Over the past few years many things have improved, very few eggs are packaged with plastics, now mainly card or foil, both which are recyclable, so when choosing your Easter gifts for family and friends consider more environmentally and ethically friendly alternatives… Think… Less Packaging – choose an egg packaged in the most environmentally friendly packaging i.e. just foil or just that can be recycled. Ethical gifts,- Choose Fair Trade chocolate or treats. Be different –choose a handmade gift from sustainable materials, i.e. knitted/crocheted gifts or have a day out at a farm park instead of chocolate.

Rubbishing the Recycling Myths It has come to light there is a myth that the polystyrene food packaging used in many of our catered halls can be recycled. I’m afraid this is a myth, this packaging can’t be recycled and does need to be disposed of in general waste bins. We are looking at cost effective, more environmentally friendly alternatives for the future, but in the meantime, please ensure if you do encounter any of this packaging it is placed in a general waste bin to avoid contaminating any of our recycling bins.

Gardens Update On a snowy day in February, five members of the gardens team went to Homefield College in Sileby to an Autism Awareness workshop. We have been welcoming young adults with autism from Homefield for over nine years and have a different student working on one of the teams on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

A report released by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2010 stated; teaching gardening to special needs children and young people is especially conducive to their development. Gardening is practical and process-orientated, suiting the visual and learning-through-doing needs of this group perfectly. This statement was keenly endorsed by the staff at Homefield who said their students not only enjoy their days with us but also benefit from the many positive aspects working outside brings.

The students get involved with as many aspects of gardening as possible. They rarely miss a week and Owen said he even enjoys weeding. Owen helped on the Fruit Routes with the October harvest errands, Vikram Singh has worked for many years in various areas of the campus, and Kyle Busby was recently interviewed and filmed for the Loughborough University Annual Review video. They have become