[Robert Wheatley | Lifestyle Editor]
UH’s Carbon Management Plan details that it will focus on a specific building, or group of them, to reduce their energy usage, and from 2015 to 2016, the focus will be on College Lane LRC. Old lighting will be replaced by energy efficient LEDs, and its gas boiler will be replaced by a Combined Heat and Power plant; a machine that integrates both electricity and heat production in one process, creating power and warmth without wasting heat.
In addition to this, old windows throughout College Lane campus will be replaced and insulation will be improved to further reduce heat loss. The University ensures these improvements will actually benefit their carbon management by undertaking regular energy audits in their buildings, also allowing them to see if energy usage can be further reduced.
As a student, you have the chance to help. If you are a student and are interested in helping reduce your university’s carbon footprint, the University of Hertfordshire is encouraging both students and staff to attend the numerous events planned to help educate about and promote energy saving.
Environment Week started on the 2nd of November, and that Monday was dedicated to energy, where interactive games and activities took place in The Forum – one of which involved attempts to power a light bulb using a bicycle. No, this was not the University testing new power generation methods: it was to merely show everyone just how much energy one needs to power something we easily take for granted.
Now, how about some free stuff? PowerDown is a joint campaign in which the University of Hertfordshire and the Students’ Union have partnered together to encourage students to reduce their carbon footprint by educating them on what they can do to be more environmentally friendly.
By taking photos of yourself doing environmentally friendly activities and sharing them on the PowerDown Facebook page, students have the chance to win a VIP night out at The Forum with three friends, complete with a queue jump and a table reserved just for you! Runners up will receive a free ticket to The Forum, and a glow-in-the-dark PowerDown hoodie. The results will be released by December 1st, the next one being in March, so get saving!
If nights out aren’t your thing, why not join one of the University of Hertfordshire’s environmental campaigns? These can include joining the EcoReps, who run various activities and events throughout the year to raise awareness of environmental issues to fellow students; helping support Fairtrade Fortnight, or by joining the Green Impact Scheme. If you want more information on these events, take a look here!
Students can do simple things like not leaving electronics on, switching off lights or using public transport to reduce their carbon footprint. Time is of essence as a student, what with lectures and Netflix marathons, but we can all easily do our bit to make sure we waste as little energy and electricity as possible.