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Green at Queen's E-Zine

Welcome to our brand new Green at Queen's E-Zine. The E-Zine will continue to be updated monthly, but will now include information on funding opportunities, sustainability events, training, articles and more!

Navigate to the new E-Zine sections below:

SUSTAINABILITY AT QUEEN'S UPDATES

This section details Queen's sustainability events, training, campaigns and more.

A Net Zero University – Are you with us?

We have a number of events that staff, and students are invited to attend detailing our Net Zero journey and how you can get involved. The creation of a Climate Strategy will enable us to achieve Net Zero but we need you to be part of the journey. Make sure your voice is heard, and together we can make Net Zero a reality. Are you with us?

  • Net Zero Strategy Survey is available until 5 February. Fill out the survey here: http://go.qub.ac.uk/netzerouniversitysurvey
  • Net Zero Webinar will take place on 18 January, 12.30-1.30pm. Register for the Net Zero Webinar here.
  • Net Zero Staff Event is scheduled for 26 January, 11.00-12.30pm. Register for the Net Zero Staff Event here.
  • Net Zero Student Summit will occur on 1 February, 5pm, One Elmwood (The Cube). Register for the Student Summit here.
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Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

It’s good to make New Year’s resolutions, but this year why not try to make a sustainable New Year’s resolution as well?

Here’s an example of some New Year’s recycling resolutions to help you understand the recycling process and how to recycle more effectively at home and in work.

Small individual actions can help make a large collective difference over time- why not give it a go?

Carbon Literacy Training

Queen’s University Belfast and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful have developed a Carbon Literacy training course that offers staff and students an awareness of climate change science, and the climate impacts of our everyday actions, as well as building confidence, knowledge, skills and motivation to empower individuals and organisations to play a crucial role in responding to the climate crisis. Once the course is completed, attendees then complete a Carbon Literacy Evidence Form which is sent to The Carbon Literacy Project to become Carbon Literate.

For more information, contact sustainability@qub.ac.uk.

Queen's University and KNIB have been working hard throughout Semester 1 of Academic Year 2022/2023 to provide Carbon Literacy Training for staff and students. 7 sessions have been hosted in-person and online from September to December 2022, with 189 staff and students attending courses from September.

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Queen's Sustainability Forum

Staff are invited to join the University's newly established Sustainability Forum.

The forum aims to offer an informal network to enable colleagues to share information and updates on projects, teaching and institutional initiatives, drawing on work from across all sectors of the University.

The forum is open to all staff who have an interest in sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – whether generally or related to their work or expertise.

How to join

To join the Sustainability Forum group, please go to Teams, click on 'create or join a Team' and enter the code jyaernc when prompted.

Meetings

The Sustainability Forum will meet online each month. If you are interested in discussing an idea or initiative at a future meeting of the Forum, please email sustainability@qub.ac.uk.

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LEAF (Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework)

LEAF is a sustainable lab certification programme launched in Queen's in 2021 that explores how labs across campus can become more aware of their sustainability. Lab are encouraged to explore ways in which they can improve the sustainability of their teaching and research.

The programme aims to embed good sustainability practices within participating University laboratories, with a view to rolling out across all labs at the University. As of May 2022, 12 labs have achieved Bronze awards in the LEAF Programme.

For more information on how to participate, please email sustainability@qub.ac.uk

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Big Loop Bike Hub

The Big Loop Bike Hub at Queen's has been up and running since October, gaining traction with staff and students. This is the latest initiative that encourages an alternative method to travelling by car, helping to reduce congestion on campus and lower staff and student carbon footprints across the university. So far this year, additional cycle parking for 124 bikes has been installed across the campus, including new secure cycle parking. The Bike Hub offers a wide range of services, such as: leasing and purchasing refurbished second-hand bikes, safety equipment, puncture repair and more.

For more information, including booking bikes in for services, visit the hub’s webpage or call into the Bike Hub itself, located on Level 1 of the Administration Building (opposite the McClay Library).

Teams Sustainability Champion Network

To keep up to date on all things Green at Queen's make sure you join the Teams Sustainability Champion Network

This network provides you with the opportunity to chat with fellow green minded people, ask questions, discover what resources and events are taking place, and finally, read the latest Green at Queen's E-Zine!

What's On

This section offers information on external sustainability events, campaigns and webinars happening each month.

Upcoming Sustainability Dates

We are organising to host some events during campaigns happening over the coming months. Please see below some sustainability dates for the diary.

  • Fairtrade Fortnight, 27 February to 12 March. More details to follow on events.
  • Green Week, 6 -10 March. More details to follow on events.
  • Big Spring Clean, 23 March. Sign up link will be released closer to the time.
Environmental and Conservation Careers Fair

When? 24th January, 12-2pm

Where? School of Biological Sciences Foyer

The Environmental and Conservation Careers Fair is an opportunity for students to connect with local environmental and conservation-based employers.  The fair presents opportunities to engage with the organisations in a range of areas such as, volunteering, careers, placements, engagement in projects and work etc.

Some of the organisations confirmed to attend the fair include:

  • AECOM
  • DAERA- Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • QUB Sustainability Team
  • KNIB
  • RSPB NI
  • Ulster Wildlife
  • Wildfowl and Wetland Trust
  • Tetra Tech
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Ideas Forum workshop
Title: Collaborating for a Just Transition to a Low Carbon Society

When: 10:30-14:00 (TBC) on Monday 30 January 2023

Where: Canada Room and Council Chamber

Objective: This will be the first of two workshops to promote interdisciplinary research on the theme. Academics from all disciplines related to this broad topic area are welcome to participate. Lunch is provided.

Registration is now open. If you are interested, you can register to attend at this link.

WOVEN HUG WORKSHOP:Upcycling for a collective sculpture
Wednesday 25th January 2023, 2 – 3pm

Funded by the School of Arts, English and Languages

Come and join Chilean artist Tere Chad who will be offering an experimental textile workshop using recycled materials open to staff and students in the University. You do not need any previous embroidery knowledge to participate.

**Participants should bring a fabric or fabrics they are willing to recycle with to the session (old shirts, t-shirts, tablecloths, pillowcases, etc.) Other materials will be provided.

Organiser: Dr Fiona Clark, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies (f.clark@qub.ac.uk).

Sign-ups are available at the link.

For more information visit: WOVEN HUG website.

Bird Garden Birdwatch 2023

When? 27 – 29 January

How do I take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch?

  1. Watch the birds around you for one hour
  2. Count how many of each species of bird lands on your patch
  3. Go online and tell us what you saw

Watch the Bird Garden Birdwatch Video to find out more.

SECA Climate Series

The Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action have been hosting a range of webinars and in-person talks over the course of the previous semester, with more planned for 2023.

Visit their website for more information and to sign up to their mailing list.

Queen's Net Zero Journey

This section provides a small update of Queen's Net Zero progress.

Queen's Net Zero Journey to date

The Sustainability Team and others are working closely with ARUP Consultants, who have recently been appointed to help build our Net Zero Strategy. Conversations have commenced with the consultants regarding Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions produced by the University. The ongoing work with ARUP is progressing well. However, to inform and develop our Strategy, we will be commencing a ‘Net Zero Conversation’ across the University, and we would encourage staff and students to join the conversation and share thoughts, views and ideas on how we shape our journey to Net Zero.

Please visit the Net Zero website to find out more information.

We will be in touch in the coming weeks with more information on how you can get involved.  If you would require any further information at this stage, please email sustainability@qub.ac.uk.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

This section of the E-Zine is dedicated to highlighting funding opportunities available to staff and students at Queen's.

If you would like additional information on any of the RESEARCH funding opportunities or would like any support with your applications please contact Mary Harte, Research and Enterprise Directorate.

Policy Insight Case Studies: Environmental Sustainability and Place

The British Academy is inviting proposals for policy-focused research projects which will provide evidence and case studies that enable policy lessons and insight to be drawn out in two areas linked to our policy programmes: Technology and inequality; and Environmental sustainability and place.

Our work on Environmental Sustainability and Place seeks to explore environmental sustainability through the lens of place and place-sensitive policy, and examines how visible different places, and the people and cultures within them, are to decision makers when they make decisions about the environment.

Projects funded under this scheme will help provide critical evidence of how evidence-based interventions are contributing to improved policy development across each of these areas.

Budget: £25,000 per project

Application deadline: 1st Feb

Pre-announcement: Green Transition Ecosystems

Funder: AHRC

Apply for funding to conduct research to address distinct challenges posed by the climate crisis, including but not limited to realising net zero goals.  Green Transition Ecosystems (GTEs) are large scale projects that focus on translating the best design-led research into real-world benefits. 

Applications are open to consortia composed of; two UK based research organisations; 2 UK based businesses operating in the design economy; one public sector organisation; 1 third sector organisation. 

Budget: up to £4,625,000

Deadline: 6th April 2023

There will be two community events 31 Oct and 9 Nov 2022 to provide information on the call. For more information visit the website.

SUSTAINABLE READING

This section is dedicated to highlighting sustainability research papers, blogs, articles and more.

CONTACT US

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