Climate Hubs Update

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It’s a really exciting time at the moment with Climate Hubs! We have just started holding our monthly ‘Climate Cafés’, a lunchtime series leading up to the COP21 talks this December. The Cafés hold informal talks over tea and cake on current climate change issues, and is also an opportunity for members to get involved and hear progress on our carbon-reduction projects across campus.

Guest speaker to the first café on 10th June was Carbon Neutral Sheffield, a working group at the University of Sheffield aiming to persuade their University to become carbon neutral by 2025. The rationale behind their pledge was a powerful one: that UK higher education carbon targets are not in line with what climate science indicates is needed, and that Universities that are leading in climate science research need to lead the way in their operations too. It’s a message that we as Climate Hubs strongly agree with!

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The second Climate Café was on 8th July, where Paul Chatterton, Kate Lock, and Harriet Thew spoke along the theme of campaigning and lobbying. Key ideas to take from the talks were how you can engage both with your MP and the international climate talks.

Each café also gives members an update on the five main climate hubs projects we are currently working on. These are;

  • Setting up a University solar co-operative that staff and students own, and that generates renewable electricity to campus
  • Reducing the impact of University travel through off-setting carbon emissions
  • Campaigning and lobbying on current climate change issues
  • Analysing staff and student behaviour to energy reduction ‘prompts’
  • Investing and identifying opportunities for energy-efficient equipment

As well as this, some really great suggestions were put forward by members on future carbon reduction projects which we will consider as part of Climate Hubs!

If you are interested in getting involved in these projects, or just keeping up-to-date with their progress, please email us on sustainability@leeds.ac.uk . As ever, we welcome all to sign up and search for our ‘Climate Change Hubs’ page on Yammer (https://www.yammer.com/leeds.ac.uk/). Any questions, queries or ideas, please let us know!