All new staff are given an environmental induction as part of their University induction programme and all departmental level inductions include an environmental checklist for line managers to work through with new starters. We hold eight Welcome Week talks on green campus initiatives and sustainable travel options during enrolment week in September which all new students are encouraged to attend.
The University hosts an annual Go Green Week in collaboration the Student Union. The most recent Go Green Week in November 2016 featured a full and exciting programme of activities including the green Fairtrade pop-up cafe, wildlife pond work party, meat-free Wednesday, the Bike Doctor, the bike auction and the big recycling giveaway!
The University's twice-yearly Campus Blackout sees teams of staff and student volunteers switch off computer monitors, lights, printers and other small power in offices and teaching rooms across King Alfred and West Downs campus on a Friday night. This allows us to demonstrate the positive impact our collective actions can have on the University's carbon footprint and energy bills. The November 2016 Campus Blackout weekend achieved a 19% reduction in energy use overall in the buildings selected (compared to a baseline average of the previous two weekends' energy use). The March 2017 Campus Blackout realised an 8% saving. The decrease in energy saved may have been a result of more staff remembering to switch off their equipment when leaving the University.
The University takes part in the NUS Student Switch Off in halls every year to encourage students living on campus to save energy and recycle more in their flats. The University has taken part in the NUS Green Impact programme for a number of years, supporting staff to green their offices and departments. We were delighted when the Marshall Rose Library team won the Green Impact National Award for Innovation and Engagement in 2016, in addition to securing Green Impact Gold. In 2017, ten staff teams took part in Green Impact, achieving 4 Bronze, 1 Silver and 5 Gold awards.
We are launching a new staff engagement programme for 2017/18 called JUMP Winchester. JUMP is on an online platform that encourages and rewards staff for being green in the workplace, as well as taking part in fitness and wellbeing initiatives on and off campus.
We are always looking for new ideas and suggestions on how to improve our environmental and ethical credentials. Members of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) and UNISON, along with all staff and students, are welcome to get in touch at email@example.com.
Most recently, the University consulted UCU and UNISON representatives on 2016/17 parking permit charges on campus and was able to adopt their suggestions to adjust the charging framework by combining staff grading with vehicle emissions.