Student and staff inductions
During Welcome Week in September, we hold daily talks on our Green Campus initiaitives and Green Travel options. All enrolling students are encourage to attend. Find out about this year's talks in the Headstart schedule on pages 10-13 of the Undergraduate Welcome Pack and Postgraduate Welcome Pack, or download from the Registration Information page.
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.
Go Green Week
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.
Saving energy in halls
The University takes part in the NUS Student Switch Off scheme every year to encourage students living in halls on campus to save energy and recycle more in their flats. We also run annual Pizzas for Power and Burger Off! competitions. The flat in each hall that saves the most energy (demonstrates the largest reduction in electricity consumption) over the week of each competition wins a pizza feast and vouchers for the Gourmet Burger Company on campus.
JUMP and Green Impact
We have launched 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 activities on and off campus.
The University has taken part in the NUS Green Impact programme for a number of years, supporting staff to green their offices and departments. In 2017, ten staff teams took part in Green Impact, achieving 4 Bronze, 1 Silver and 5 Gold awards. Martial Rose Library team won the Green Impact National Award for Innovation and Engagement in 2016, in addition to securing Green Impact Gold.
Working with our Unions
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.