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SRUC Climate Week Success

A free cycle swop shop, habitat creation, a beach tidy and even a pedal power smoothie maker, there was a lot going on at SRUC’s recent Climate Week.

The aim of the week at SRUC is to highlight how staff and students are addressing issues such as energy use, resource consumption and recycling, both within the SRUC business, and working with clients. This was the first time the event had been run since the creation of SRUC and there were many positive contributions.

SRUC Climate Week

The pedal power smoothie maker was at the Elmwood Campus, with prices dependent on whether customers did the pedalling themselves or used a friend.It was a great way of emphasising energy use. Other Elmwood activities involved volunteer opportunities with the Fife Ranger Service, recycling gorse from farmland to the fairways and venues where unwanted books, clothing or other items could be exchanged.

Habitat creation was a theme in Aberdeen where tree planting, by staff and students proved a success. Craibstone was also an active participant in the Green Impact auditor scheme. This programme raises awareness and identifies a range of things we can all do to reduce SRUC’s carbon footprint and then audits those activities using trained students. SRUC manages its environmental footprint more effectively and the students gain a transferable skill.

At Edinburgh the main activities focussed on the GreenCow event and a Climate Fair in the Arcade, organised by the students' “Green Feet Society”. The Fair focused on food, with Brazilian Kiosk, Tupiniquim (run by former student, Fernando) providing barbeque skewers and delicious smoothies. The New Leaf and Hearty Squirrel food co-operatives were on hand to promote their range of organic wholefoods, and Danny Mullins provided the music to create an entertaining atmosphere for staff, students and visitors. Hopefully all involved learnt more about climate-related careers, Gardening and Farming for a Better Climate, and how we are reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions.

The GreenCow event was featured in last weeks SRUC news, stressing the progress researchers are making in seeking ways to reduce methane production by ruminant livestock. However one of the VIP guests was Iain Patton, CEO of The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) which had presented us with two GreenGown awards in the autumn, one (shared with UWS) for the building at Riverside in Ayr, the other for GreenCow.

In his speech Iain said:

“If ever I needed a reminder of the power of tertiary education, I got it between the eyes today... The research at SRUC may not be at the glamorous end of climate research but it certainly is at the sharp end. Reducing methane emissions from livestock through genetics, feed-stock and welfare has the potential to make a big dent in its estimated contribution of 18% of global green-house gases. SRUC is a worthy Green Gown Award winner, an invaluable EAUC member and a reminder of the value even a relatively small college brings to our economy, society and planet.”


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