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sustainability @Bangor newsletter december 2015

The sustainability lab launch freshers fun #Ecoamgueddfa Internship Opportunity Makerere and Bangor Universities look to the wellbeing of future generations across continents


Sustainability Lab Launch It was a great privilege to welcome a room-full of people to launch the Sustainability Lab in November with the Vice-Chancellor Prof John Hughes and Dr Einir Young the Director of Sustainable Development addressing the audience. With the launch of The Sustainability Lab as a high-profile corporate focal point to be the driving force behind sustainable development at Bangor University, we are achieving a milestone towards our strategic goals. Sustainability not only threads through the University’s strategic plan it is also one of the enablers.

So what do the Sustainability Lab do? We will be: •

Working across all Colleges and Service Departments • Multi-disciplinary • Working with industry • Collaborating with communities • Working with students “It has been a long and interesting journey to get to this point and we are very grateful to the Vice-Chancellor Professor


John Hughes for his support and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor David Shepherd for including the Sustainability Lab in his portfolio. We are also very grateful to the staff and students who have enthusiastically joined in activities to date to ensure that Bangor University leads on sustainability and well-being of Future Generations. The team is very much looking forward to collaborating with colleagues and students across the University over the coming years.” Said Dr Einir Young. “The road to sustainability is, in many ways, a journey without end. It is an ongoing process of thinking differently and doing things differently. In this, Bangor University is leading the way. I invite you to work with The Sustainability Lab, applying your collective intellect

and creativity to addressing the global challenges that face us all to ensure the well-being of current and future generations in Bangor, Wales and across the world. I invite you to work with The Sustainability Lab, applying your collective intellect and genius to addressing the global challenges that face us all to ensure the well-being of current and future generations in Bangor, Wales and across the world.”– Prof John Hughes, Vice Chancellor www.planet.cymru Facebook Twitter


Implementing the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act The Well-being of Future Generations Act is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.

To make sure we are all working towards the same vision, the Act puts in place seven wellbeing goals.

The Act puts in place a ‘sustainable development principle’, which tells organisations how to go about meeting their duty under the Act. Doing something “in accordance with the sustainable development principle” means that the body must act in a manner, which seeks to ensure that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It will make the public bodies listed in the Act think more about the long-term, work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach. This will help us to create a Wales that we all want to live in, now and in the future.

Although Universities are not included in the act, Bangor University intends to implement the well-being goals within our own practices.


#Ecoamgueddfa wins the bangor university award for best cultural and societal impact We’re delighted to announce that Dr Einir Young & Gwenan Griffith of The Sustainability Lab at Bangor University have won the Bangor University Best Cultural and Societal Impact Award 2015. The Awards Evening was held at Theatr Bryn Terfel in Pontio, the University’s New Arts and Innovations Centre. In April 2014 the Sustainability Lab at Bangor University partnered with seven heritage sites on the Llŷn Peninsula to establish #Ecoamgueddfa, the first ever ecomuseum in Wales and the first ecomuseum in the world to be fully digital. The main aim of this initiative is to drive tourism business in the region during the shoulder season with a conservative estimate of increased revenue of £2million to the economy through cultural tourism. In order to achieve this, the partners in the #Ecoamgueddfa identified a need for coordinating and co-marketing the ‘offer’ to visitors to Pen Llŷn. A digital marketing package has been developed on social media platforms, with apps and websites developed for the Welsh and European markets. In the relatively short time since establishing the initiative, the global audience for communications from the

#Ecoamgueddfa has reached upwards of 150,000. These outstanding results have been achieved through a combination of training packages for the partners, their volunteers and guides, alongside the development of a brand that has been rolled out across social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. In addition, an accompanying calendar of events has been developed for the sites and for the wider tourism sector on the Llŷn Peninsula leading to the inaugural #Ecoamgueddfa Festival held over 9 days in June 2015. The driving force behind the project has been a very successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership and the close collaboration developed between the partner sites and the Sustainability Lab at Bangor University is set to continue. The project to date has led to the establishment of a Wales and world first that continues to directly benefit both the skills development and the economy of rural North Wales. www.ecoamgueddfa.org


estates going Electric

Bangor University’s Estates Department recently took the decision to look for more sustainable alternatives to its fleet of diesel vans. The outcome was the purchase of 3 brand new electric vehicles that you may have seen gliding smoothly around campus. Ricky Carter, Environmental Manager explains, “We’re all too aware that vehicles can adversely impact on the environment, and we wanted a clean alternative that was cost effective. The use of petrol and diesel is not only costly; it makes a significant contribution to our total carbon

Bangor Students’ Union Student Sustainability Group

footprint, whilst emitting exhaust gases to the local environment. Although a diesel vehicle has a lower purchase price, we were able to demonstrate that the costs over a vehicle’s lifetime favoured the electric alternative. This is because an electric vehicle attracts no road tax, and the electricity required for charging costs around 3 pence per mile, whereas diesel costs around 15 pence per mile. The carbon associated with the electricity used for charging the electric vehicles is a fraction of that from the use of petrol and diesel, and one overnight charges lasts up to 3 days. Furthermore, there are now zero emissions to the local environment in Bangor from the 3 new vehicles.” This is one of several initiatives the Estates Department is implementing across the campus in pursuit of reducing our environmental impacts, and meeting our annual carbon reduction targets.

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This is a group for Bangor Students who are interested in sustainability and in playing a key part in shaping the work the union and the University do with regards to sustainability. When we talk about sustainability we mean both the environment (green impact) but also improving the Bangor community so it is a better and more sustainable place to live.


Freshers’ Fun at Bangor University

“At Bangor University, sustainability is part of everything we do. It is how we function and why we function.” - Vice Chancellor John Hughes The Sustainability Lab Team were at Freshers Fair, the most popular event of Welcome Week, where students sign up for clubs, societies, sports and volunteering. We met hundreds of prospective new entrepreneurs and business leaders and promoted the University’s aim of ‘Bringing Sustainability to Life’ through UniPlanet and Sustainability@Bangor, the unique structure and ongoing programme of improvements the Team has developed to understand and manage the University’s sustainable development under the commonly used sustainability structure: People, Planet and Prosperity.

initiative depends on input from every member of the community, and at Fresher’s Fair hundreds of students were inspired to get involved with sustainability both personally and professionally. The Team promoted how to exploit new opportunities through developing sustainable practices to further increase competitive edge in the jobs market. Entrepreneurs can tap into The Sustainability Lab’s expertise in environmentally and socially responsible development. Taking personal actions such as signing the University’s Sustainability Pledge, debating which sustainability developments the University should work on, and getting John Hughes, Vice Chancellor of Bangor more involved with Sustainability@Bangor University visited the stand and reinforced we also encouraged at the event. the desire that the University becomes known globally as The Sustainable Bangor University’s Environment Manager University. He is extremely supportive Ricky Carter said: of the work The Sustainability Lab Team to embed UniPlanet and Sustainability@ “It was great for new students to chat with Bangor across campus and beyond The Sustainability Lab Team, they not only in teaching, research and public found out why everyone needs to play engagement. He says: their part in helping the University reduce it’s environmental impact through simple “At Bangor University, sustainability is part everyday actions, but it’s also given them of everything we do. It is how we function new, sustainable perspectives on their and why we function.” future careers and ambitions.” The success of any sustainability


Makerere and Bangor Universities look to the wellbeing of future generations across continents In February 2015 Makerere University in Uganda and Bangor University signed an important Memorandum of Understanding to begin working together to meet the challenges of sustainable development. Since then the collaboration has moved quickly with projects as diverse as textile re-use and value addition to pineapple crops attracting attention from government and organisations such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). At the heart of the collaboration is a close working between the two universities that recently culminated in a visit to Bangor from Dr. Yasin Ziraba the Director of the Innovations Systems Cluster Programme, Dr. Florence Nakayiwa the Director of Planning at Makerere and Pamela Matovu the co-ordinator of Makerere’s Sustainability Programme. The purpose of the visit, arranged and hosted by the Sustainability Lab at Bangor, was to share knowledge and experience of sustainable development in both countries and to identify further areas for collaboration. Over the course of the week numerous new projects were identified including industrial research, student placements and training opportunities as well

as closer working between the two universities at an organisational level. Dr Einir Young, Director of Sustainability is excited about the future of this collaboration, saying: “Too often a Memorandum of Understanding can sit on a shelf gathering dust. In just eight months since signing with Makerere three exchange visits have taken place, numerous projects have been identified and two funding bids are already prepared and submitted. The progress and level of commitment on both sides has been phenomenal and we expect the relationship to present a host of opportunities for students at both universities in the very near future.� This collaboration with Makerere is an example of the role that Bangor University, its researchers and students have to play, not just regionally but on the world stage. Both Universities are grateful to the Welsh Government and Hub Cymru Africa for financial support for this collaboration.


Switch Off This Christmas Did you know that each year, Bangor University uses the same amount of electricity as around 5,000 typical UK homes?

Some things to look out for: •

Make sure monitors are switched off, not just on standby

We’re making some great progress with our energy conservation measures, and despite a 30% increase in staff and student numbers, our total energy use is now 75% of what it was 10 years ago. Please help us get this even lower by switching off unnecessary electrical equipment at night, over weekends, and especially before you leave for the Christmas holiday period.

Make sure all windows are closed

Unplug all chargers and other unnecessary equipment

Switch off the lights

Merry Christmas! Nadolig Llawen!

Internship Opportunity Promoting Sustainability and Well-being across continents: Developing the Bangor-Makerere Students link This is an ideal position for a student wishing to develop their international relations and sustainable development skills. The internship is based within the Sustainability Lab, which is the focal point for sustainable development at the University responsible for embedding sustainability within the University’s practices through research, working with students, staff and businesses. The successful candidate will work on the collaborative development of the Sustainability Lab links with Makerere University in Uganda; creating meaningful links between Bangor Students Union and Makerere Students Guild on sustainability

and the Wellbeing of Future Generation goals. He/she will be developing active links between the sustainability programme in both Student Unions. For details on how to apply go to http:// www.bangor.ac.uk/employability/ internopps.php.en


Bangor University lead the fight against heart disease Bangor University Sustainability Lab, CIWM Cymru and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) ran two successful re-use workshops in Cardiff and Bangor last June. As a result Bangor University teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Furniture & Electrical store in Wales this summer to donate their unwanted furniture at the end of term from Bryn Eithin Hall, raising up to £13,125 for the BHF and enabling the charity to recycle goods that might otherwise be wasted. Amanda Purkiss, BHF Regional Stock Generator, said: “We’ve been delighted with the response from Bangor University and their overwhelming support. 100 per cent of

the profits from the donations will go into the fight against heart disease and fund the BHF’s life saving research. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, shattering the lives of too many children, parents and grandparents - you can join the fight for every heartbeat by having a clear out and donating your unwanted things.” Deirdre McIntyre, Residential Life Manager at BU, said: “We are delighted that this collaboration has proved to be such a success, helping us to raise vital funds to continue the BHF’s life saving work.” To locate your nearest BHF Furniture & Electrical Store or Shop visit bhf.org.uk/ shops or call 0844 412 5000


Exciting partnership between Bangor University and Social Enterprise of the Year A local social enterprise has won a national award with the support of one of BU’s innovative research centres. Antur Waunfawr were crowned as the Social Enterprise of the Year at the Cynnal Cymru Sustain Wales inaugural awards ceremony in Cardiff. The awards celebrated the work organisations are doing on sustainable development. The enterprise was encouraged to apply for the award following a successful project with the Wales Centre for Behaviour Change at Bangor University to create an Impact Report. ‘We enjoyed working with the Centre for Behaviour Change’ stated Menna Jones, Chief Executive, ‘The Impact Report gave us the starting point for our successful application for the Sustain Wales award.’ Researchers Elizabeth Woodcock and Hong Chun Tan from the Behaviour Change Centre involved staff and adults with learning disabilities at Antur Waunfawr to design the Impact Report and its content.

Antur Waunfawr has also been working closely with the Sustainability Lab on the Bangor Uganda project looking at textile re-use. Working in partnership with the Sustainability Lab through the Wise Network programme at Bangor University; they contributed to a feasibility study to explore potential direct markets for textiles in Uganda, working with local social enterprises and SMEs. The Sustain Wales Awards are in recognition of the great things people and organisations are doing on sustainable development. The winning organisations had to complete a two-stage process, firstly by explaining their contribution to Wales’ national well-being goals and then by gaining public support in a national online vote. Antur Waunfawr was selected from over 60 applications for the shortlist of 26 in the first stage and then won the public vote in its category of Sustainable Social Enterprise of the Year. LLONGYFARCHIADAU!


waste not want not

UK Universities in developing training materials in partnership with WRAP that will be used UK wide. We will again have evening sessions and workshops, but these will also take place in the daytime along with a main event promoting buying smarter, extending the life of your clothes, reusing, upcycling, recycling and donating your clothes, held in March. This event will be open to the public, with the aim of attracting adults and children from the local community.

As a result of monitoring recycling behaviour in Ffriddoedd halls of residence over the summer months, the Sustainability Campaigns such as these are intended to make us think more sustainably about our Lab have been running ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ evening workshops every month in purchasing decisions. Ffriddoedd and St Mary’s with the aim of saving students money and reducing food waste. It was apparent from the monitoring exercise that food waste was a huge issue and that students were buying food that would never be eaten – a common theme for householders in the UK. In January, we will be launching the ‘Love Your Clothes’ campaign, with the aim of making students and staff think about their clothes in a different way, from purchase to disposal. This an exciting opportunity for Bangor University to be the pioneer for all

From the director’s chair It’s been another marvellous year at Bangor University with plenty of celebrating. The new Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, the new Santes Fair Students’ Village and many accolades in research, development and student experience all point to Bangor truly being the place to be right now. Whilst we bask in a warm glow I, like many others, have been troubled by events elsewhere. Our TV screens are filled with

tales of misery, both at home and abroad. Recent floods have affected large swathes of the UK, elsewhere we see famine, earthquakes and desperate people fleeing war torn regions. The UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris this month has been billed as “the last chance to avert the worst consequences of global warming: deadly drought, floods and storms, and rising seas that will engulf islands and densely populated coastlines”. Serious stuff indeed. Paris is in the news for another reason too following deadly attacks on its citizens by people, who for reasons known only to themselves, decided to take the lives of innocent citizens at random. The fallout from


that event will have repercussions as yet unknown. 2016 is going to be a challenging year all round and most of us are just innocent bystanders. Or are we? What can an individual possibly do to make the world a better place? The obvious (and cynical) answer is ‘not much’ – but if more and more people started to think and behave differently, the answer might be different. What if each of us challenged ourselves to consider the seven well-being goals as a simple place to start. A prosperous world. Is prosperity all about being materially rich? How will I decide what’s ‘enough’? What’s actually important to me? A resilient world. Do I really give the environment and my impact on it a second thought? What would we do if all the earthworms or bees disappeared? And what changes do I need to make to encourage and help them to stay?

scheme of things the earth is a tiny planet. The horrors on our TV screens are really not that far away. What can we do to understand better what’s going on and what our place in the world is? Seven simple questions, but ones that can help us all stop and think. Each individual can help change the world for the better, one step at a time. Get involved, ask difficult questions, challenge conventional wisdom, refuse to be bogged down by other people’s dogma and rhetoric, don’t believe everything you read on the internet, try reading a different newspaper or an alternative news feed, make friends with people who speak a different language, don’t only hang out with people your own age or social class; mix, understand and appreciate the differences don’t just seek out the similar or familiar.

A Healthier World. We are lucky to have been born into one of the wealthiest societies on earth, but material wealth can bring health problems of its own. What’s going to be my first step towards a healthier life? A more equal world. It’s not too difficult to see that a lot of the time ‘it’s not fair’ for one reason or another. Am I sensitive to the prejudices and discrimination that’s going on around me? Do I treat everyone whatever their background with respect? A World of cohesive communities. Now that really does sound too big a challenge for one person to solve. What about your house, halls corridor, course or club? They are all communities too. We can all ask ourselves, “Am I helping to make it all gel?” A world of vibrant culture and thriving languages. Living in Wales we are aware everyday that English isn’t the only language in the world. How can I, even if I don’t speak another language, value human diversity and all the benefits it brings? Being globally responsible. In the grand

The Vice Chancellor in the Sustainability Lab’s launch noted that Sustainability is like a journey without end. Going on a journey is an adventure and finding out the answers to all of these questions is quite an adventure. Adventures are meant to be enjoyed so I hope you come back in 2016 ready to join in and see where this all leads us to.


Nadolig Llawen Merry Christmas & & Blwyddyn newydd dda! happy new year!

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