Welcome to the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science green impact blog page. It aims to offer tips and advice on how staff can contribute to reducing the School’s carbon impact. For further information on carbon management please visit the University’s environmental website at http://www.qub.ac.uk/carbon.
Commuting from ECIT to CSB and back during the weekday? Or want to have a quick cycle during your lunch break? ECIT have fold up bicycles for use by staff and PhD students during working hours. See the poster below for more details.
We are over halfway through recycling week, so please get involved and think about reducing, reusing and recycling the everyday items we use at work and at home.
There is a charity clothes collection for the British Heart Foundation across the University during Recycling week, including collection points at ECIT, and the Ashby foyer.
For more information on QUB recycling week check out further details here and follow @greenatqueens on Twitter.
Queen’s Recycling Week will take place from Monday 19 to Friday 23 November. A full programme of events aimed at increasing awareness of reducing waste and increasing recycling is available here.
Key events taking place throughout the week include:
The British Heart Foundation Clothes Collection
A charity clothes collection will be taking place across the University during Recycling Week. Donated clothes will be given to the British Heart Foundation to support their ground-breaking work. Clothes Donation Stations will be located across the University. Please see here for a list of locations.
Today from 10am to 2.30pm, there will be student bike sales in the QUB Graduate school, in association with Big Loop Bikes, with refurbished bikes from £50. Another step to encourage sustainable travel to and from QUB campus.
Around campus there are lots of natural spaces. In 2015 local residents launched Wildflower Alley, which is a community project that has won awards.
From 1-2pm on Thursday 23 August there will be an informal stroll through the local Wildflower Alley at QUB with the founder of the Wildflower Alley project. If you wish to attend, please see further details here
Wednesday 15 August 2018 is Cycle to Work day in Northern Ireland – for more information see: https://www.cycletoworkday.org/
In EEECS and ECIT we encourage cyclists, both regular commuters and occasional cyclists. In ECIT, two folding bicycles are available for hire, if you are interested to give cycling a go. For further information on cycling and our facilities for cyclists, please see our newsletters, particularly newsletter 13. We welcome any suggestions to improve facilities, please contact any member of the AWARE team.
Due to the unusual sustained sunshine we have been enjoying in Northern Ireland, a hosepipe ban is now in force, to minimise the use of water. For more tips and information, see the NI Water website. Here are some simple ways to save water:
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
- Avoid watering lawns
- Take shorter showers
- Take a shower instead of a bath
- Fix leaking taps – report faulty taps in EEECS to your building liaison officer
- Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need
- Keep a bottle of water in the fridge instead of running the tap for cold water
- Use full loads in washing machines and dishwashers, rather than half loads
Next week, why not leave the car at home and give cycling a go?
Throughout the week there will be several cycling related events on campus, see the schedule of events for further details, including cycling maintenance workshops and cycle clinics. On Friday 15 June, we will also have a EEECS/ECIT Bike to Work Breakfast in ECIT for our cyclists.
Peter Cush (Northern Ireland Swift Group) will tell us about the most aerial of birds the Swift (Apus apus) which visits us here in Belfast every summer.
Why it is here and where does it come from? How is it coping with an ever changing world? What is so special about it and should we try to conserve it? Can QUB and its staff do anything about its recent declines? What is its fate likely to be in the future? Come along and find out what you can do to stop the decline of Northern Ireland’s swift population!
Date: Tuesday 19 June 2018
Location: Old Staff Common Room
Tea and coffee will be provided – you are encouraged to bring your own mug.
Spaces are limited for this event, so please register for free via Eventbrite HERE