Welcome to Go Green Week!

We're aiming to reduce our energy consumption by 25% during Go Green Week! Check our totalizer everyday to see how close we are to our target.

To see the performance of individual buildings, have a look at our regularly updated graphs.

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We are not asking you to do all the hard work!

Our primary goal is to get everyone informed and committed to sustainability and engaged in the Go Green Week.

De Montfort University is committed to sustainability and has been working on transforming DMU into a more sustainable environment since 2009.

In February 2009, the executive board of DMU agreed a sustainability strategy for the whole university, focusing on integrating sustainability into the very fabric of the university. DMU does not only seek to comply with current sustainability guidelines, but aims to become a leader in the field. That is why we are building on our teaching, learning and research strengths to make DMU a more sustainable enterprise and minimise our environmental impacts, while creating a healthy and inspiring place to work and learn.

The strategy has five main themes

Teaching: Inspiring Sustainability

To help staff and students become responsible ‘global’ citizens in the face of the environmental challenges ahead of them.

Research: Thinking Sustainability

To develop groundbreaking and interdisciplinary research that advances knowledge on sustainability, and establishes DMU as a leader in this sector.

Built Environment: Being Sustainability

To reduce our environmental impact and be an exemplar of best practice.

Health and Well-Being: Living Sustainability

To ensure DMU is a healthy, creative and inspiring ‘space’ to study and work.

Community Engagement: Leading Sustainability

To establish DMU as a beacon of best practice, a centre of research excellence for sustainability and an ambassador locally, regionally and beyond.

Last year has been really successful for DMU in terms of energy and carbon reduction.

Here are some of the projects that have enabled us to lower our carbon emissions and energy usage in 2010/11:

  • Automatic Lighting Controls have been fitted in Campus Centre and in the newly refurbished Main Building at 1 Mill Lane.
  • Boiler Load Management has been implemented in Fletcher, Hawthorn, Clephan, Kimberlin and Portland buildings with the outcome that our gas usage is now more efficient.
  • LED Lighting has been fitted in Kimberlin Library & part of Fletcher low-rise.
  • Library PC Management. The Kimberlin Library team saved electricity over the summer by directing students to PCs on the ground and first floors. PCs on the top floor were switched off, saving electricity without reducing computer access.
  • The Heat Recovery System which was installed in the Campus Centre in summer 2010 has significantly reduced our gas usage.
  • Student Switch Off. This campaign saw students in Bede Hall and New Wharf Hall battling to save energy. Students in New Wharf Hall were the champions for the second year running.
  • Green Impact. Teams from 13 departments raised awareness of energy saving measures such as turning off lights and PCs overnight and during holiday periods. Thank you to everyone who got involved -DMU would not have achieved such impressive savings without you!

Carbon Emissions Reduction

Carbon Emissions at DMU 20067 - 2010/11

All these efforts have been rewarded because in 2010/11 we have been able to save 3.6 million of units of gas and electricity (kWh), and our energy related carbon emissions were lower than in the previous 3 years, inverting the increasing trend since 2006/07.

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Ten tips for a sustainable work life

We all try to do our bit for the environment, but there's always more that all of us can do. One of our PhD students has put together 10 top tips which will help you reduce your energy use at work:

Why not try volunteering for one of the green projects in our Square Mile initiative?

Find out more about what you can do to save energy on Campus with our top ten green tips.

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We need your help to make Go Green Week a huge success

In the space of a week – starting on Monday 19 September – we will attempt to reduce DMUs electricity use by 25 per cent.

The challenge has been set by the university while we play host to 14 students from Tohoku University in Japan, who were deeply affected by the massive earthquake which struck their region in March this year. The students have been invited to spend a week in Leicester to enjoy a holiday while they continue to rebuild their lives.

Go Green week will run at the same time as the visit in a show of solidarity to the people of Japan, who have had to reduce electricity use by a quarter since the earthquake hit major power plants including Fukushima nuclear power station.

During the week, the university will host themed events to get everyone on campus thinking about how they can save electricity and reduce carbon emissions, not just now but in the future. It starts with a launch of Go Green Week, with Vice-Chancellor Dominic Shellard and the Japanese students, at 9am in Magazine Square when a meter counting electricity savings will be unveiled.

The beauty of the challenge is that it couldn’t be easier to take part!

All we are asking staff and students to do is turn off computers, air conditioning, photocopiers, printers and any other electrical equipment when they are away at meetings, on lunch breaks and before they go home at night. At the same time the environment and sustainability staff will be working for doing their best to monitor electricity consumption and put in action saving measures where necessary.

We would also ask that as many staff and students on campus also join in and take part in the week of events to show their support for what will be a first for a university in the UK.

To add a bit of competition to Go Green Week

we are feeding back results on how much electricity is being saved on a building basis so we can see exactly how much you and your colleagues are doing to reduce electricity consumption. At the end of the week the occupants of the building which has saved the most electricity will be entered into a prize draw, with one individual winning an eco-themed hamper of treats.

Energy Consumption Graph 2010

The graph shows the electricity consumption in QUEEN'S BUILDING for one week in September 2010, with a 25 % reduction target for 2011 shown in green. Everyone can help reach this target!

Karl Letten, environmental and sustainability officer at the university, who is leading the Go Green Week campaign, said:

“DMU already takes environmental issues very seriously but we wanted to go further while the Japanese visitors are here. It is hoped this concerted campaign to get people to simply turn off equipment when it’s not in use will continue long after Go Green Week and lead to big savings in electricity use and help drastically reduce our carbon emissions. The message we want to get across is that a few simple things can make a huge difference to the environment. We hope that not only will the campus learn something from this exercise but other schools, businesses and homes across Leicester will go on to do something similar. We are, after all, Britain’s first Environment City and we should see this as an opportunity for De Montfort University to take the lead and hope many others follow. If our target is achieved it is only the beginning. There is plenty to do to ensure the work continues. You have to bear in mind that the majority of students will not return until October and then the dark nights draw in, meaning greater demand for light and heat. It is not going to be easy but it is an issue we think is hugely important and we are up for the challenge.”

Each day of the week will have a theme

with relevant events to keep the green message at the forefront of staff and students’ minds:

Look out for more details by going to the Go Green Week pages of our website.

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