WHAT IS A LIVING LAB
The University of Leeds Living Lab for sustainability is about tackling global challenges at a local scale, researching and testing sustainable and innovative ideas which are scalable, replicable and transferable, and driving us as an organisation to think and operate differently.
Whether it is a research-led campus design addressing the challenges of climate change, trialling new sustainability initiatives, or integrating biodiversity and wellbeing, the Living Lab programme is open to all staff and students across the University. We encourages researchers from disciplines across the University to get involved with the Living Lab.
Read more in ‘Leeds Living Lab:_One year on’
The Emperor’s New Clothes is an annual event which brings together the fashion and textiles community to discuss the multifaceted challenge of sustainability. It provides a space to discover forward-thinking ideas and initiatives, forge new connections, and have a frank debate about the scale and pace of change in the industry.
This 2016 conference will take place on Thursday 8 September at the University of Leeds. We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker is Kate Fletcher, Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion at London College of Fashion.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Leverage Points’, which builds on the insights of influential systems thinker Donella Meadows. We are inviting speakers and delegates to consider the ambition, scale and impact of their work: where are the opportunities for maximum leverage in transforming the fashion system?
“Hi, my name is Scott and I’ve just finished a summer project for the Sustainability and Educational Engagement teams at the University of Leeds. (I’ve also never done a blog post before, so this could be “interesting”!) I was – until 3 weeks ago – a full-time teacher, and I was asked to look at the provision of University resources aimed at schoolchildren with the aim being to have students engage more with sustainability and improve sustainability literacy. I was keen to help improve outreach at Leeds, and to get to do so with sustainability being at the forefront (a topic that I’m very passionate about) seemed too perfect an opportunity to not apply for.
I spent my first couple of days really trying to nail down what it was that people expected of me, meeting with seemingly half the university staff on campus, and gathering data to use at a later date! It was agreed that I’d design “two or three” lessons for teachers to download, or to be delivered by University staff in workshops, as well as looking at where Educational Engagement and Sustainability overlapped, suggesting how best to market the new resources, and writing a report that brought all of that together. In just three weeks! I hope that the 29(!) lessons I’ve created, with associated resources (including a board game), will be enjoyed by students across the UK and beyond and help to spread the word of what sustainability is and how it’s interwoven into society.
My time here has been brief but very enjoyable. The team here were all very welcoming (and 25p coffee helped!) and were very happy to chat about the project (and other things), and now I’ve reached the end, I’m sad that I won’t get to engage with people who clearly have a love for the vision of Sustainability, and won’t get to learn about how sustainability isn’t just about the colour green, saving the trees, or the birds and the bees!
To conclude, I’d like to thank Louise and Claire for the opportunity, Josh and Amanda for always being friendly faces, Mike for showing me the work on biodiversity on campus, Kelly for sorting it all out and telling me about her work on food on campus, Dom and Eric for trialling lessons and giving me feedback, Pre and John for discussing outreach, Jenny and Steven for telling me about their work with transport, James for telling me about water conservation, Tilly for educating me about Snapchat(!), and Gina for telling me about the work already done aimed at disadvantaged students (who are close to my heart).
Enjoy what’s left of summer!”
The Leeds Institute for Data Analytics is pleased to announce the second installment of our new seminar series showcasing data analytics.
This event is being held in association with Sustainability Seminars at the Sustainability Research Institute.
For this event we welcome Professor William Young from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds with an update on the CDRC Ethical and Sustainable Consumption driver project. We also welcome PhD student Miss Rachel Hollis who will discuss the role of data in encouraging individuals to make more environmentally friendly product choices.
Our main speaker will be Dr Anne Owens from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds who will be discussing consumption-based approaches to measuring environmental impacts.
We look forward to seeing you there.
15:15: Registration, LIDA reception, Level 11 Worsley Building
15:30: Prof. William Young – Update on the CDRC Ethical and Sustainable consumption driver project
15:45: Miss Rachel Hollis – Encouraging individuals to choose more environmentally friendly products – the role of data
16:00: Dr Anne Owen – Environmental Footprints: Consumption-based approaches to measuring environmental impacts
17:00: Refreshments and networking with drinks and nibbles.
Hello – I’m Amy, one of the four new Sustainability Architects here at the University of Leeds. My role as part of the Sustainability team is to encourage and promote student and community engagement with all things sustainable!
As part of this I hope to continue to develop the role of a “Sustainability Representative” within each school. Their role would be to put sustainability on the agenda by integrating knowledge of it into teaching and assessments, promoting sustainable practice within their school and departmental society encouraging other students to get involved, share their ideas and help to develop new initiatives for both environmental and social sustainability.
Being from Leeds, I understand how important it is to integrate students with the local community. There is no better way of doing this than through sustainability! I aim to do this by promoting volunteering and community engagement projects within the University and Union setting – bringing to the attention of students what is available for them to get involved in around Leeds.
I hope to create an environment where students feel they are able to get involved with sustainability and make a difference!
Hey I’m Will, a second year Environmental Science student at the University of Leeds. I am planning to take a year out of University during my third year, hoping to gain more valuable experience in sustainable roles. As well as representing the sustainability service at events, I hope to increase student engagement in sustainable practices, particularly focusing my efforts on halls of residences and sport societies.
Hi I’m Shara, I am currently studying my masters in Sustainability and Consultancy here at the University of Leeds. My undergraduate degree was in International Relations and my dissertation looked at environmental change and energy security in the European Union. After taking a break from University to work and travel, I started to look into sustainability in a wider context, which lead me back to higher education.
This year I hope to increase the range of individuals engaged in sustainability; moving it out of traditional circles and into mainstream discussions so it’s accessible for everyone.
My name is Ileyas Mogeh and I am a student sustainability architect. I am currently on my second year of BA Politics. Being a sustainability architect is an exciting way to make a positive impact in your community. As an architect, you are able to do this through your area of interest, for example in my case this is democracy. This ensures that the role is enjoyable, whilst also challenging and developing your knowledge of sustainability within higher education . By August, I hope to have helped embedded sustainability in the student community through increased participation in democratic activities.
If you are you are interested in getting in touch with us beforehand to get more information or to ask any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University is supporting staff to make alternative choices with a variety of discounts and offers available for staff using public transport, car share and bike to work schemes.
Staff Bike Hire Scheme – now 3 month and 1 month options available! Want a short term and affordable opportunity to try cycling? In addition to our regular hire offer (3 months, regular hybrid bike), The Bike Hub has launched a 1 month Try Cycling offer, allowing University of Leeds staff to try an electric, folding Brompton or a regular hybrid bike on a short term to give it a go. More information is found at:http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/sustainable-transport/bike-hire/
Cycle to Work Scheme: Interested in buying a brand new bike to travel to work? We operate a cycle to work scheme which enables you to save money, keep fit and avoid parking problems by hiring a brand new bicycle and safety equipment which you will own at the end of the payment term.
We are currently working on improving our staff travel benefits offer. If you have any suggestions on how we can develop it please get in touch with us to share your thoughts via email@example.com. We are always looking for new ways to do things!
Every year the Sustainability Service updates a University Travel Guide: Your Guide to Getting Around Leeds – aimed at students to provide information about the best ways to travel around Leeds as well as the many different travel discounts that are available on train and bus passes.
You can take a look at the 2017-18 guide here. You will find a hard copy of this guide in your welcome pack if you are in University Residences. Following a successful pilot last year, we are mainly hosting this guide online in order to reduce our impact with less printed resources.
For more information about this guide or any wider travel related queries please contact: Claire Booth
Travelling on two wheels is another healthy, fast and cheap way to get around Leeds and on campus we have lots of facilities on hand for people cycling to the university including secure parking, showers, bike hire and maintenance facilities.
Click here to find out where your closest cycle facilities are on campus (this map is due to be updated shortly).
Want to cycle but not got access to your own bike?
No problem! You can hire a bike at a really low cost from the campus Bike Hub, which is located at the end of the EC Stoner and Roger Stevens building.
Along with bike hire, the hub run self-help maintenance drop-in sessions with a comprehensive range of tools available to use, along with cycle training with safety and route advice for students and staff.
To find out more about the Bike Hub and the range of great services on offer please click here and for information about the loan bikes that are available click here. If you have any questions, you can contact the team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0113 343 9179 they are always happy to help!
Interested in buying a brand new bike to travel to work?
We operate a staff cycle to work scheme which enables you to save money, keep fit and avoid parking problems by hiring a brand new bicycle and safety equipment which you will own at the end of the payment term. For more information about this scheme contact: email@example.com or visit the staff benefits website.
The University of Leeds is now a GOLD accredited Bike Friendly Business!
Having achieved a silver award under the Bike Friendly Business accreditation in 2016, we are delighted to have now been upgraded to GOLD award following a recent re-appraisal of our facilities and initiatives on campus to promote cycling.
The University of Leeds has also been successful in gaining grant support from City Connect to extend our staff ‘Try-Cycling’ scheme fleet of electric bikes which enables more staff to try an electric bike for a one-off 1 month trial, for only £20! (£100 deposit is required in accordance with the Bike Hire Agreement). For more information on all of the Bike Hire options available at The Bike Hub please click here.
Claire Booth, Sustainability Project Officer for University of Leeds, says:
“We are delighted to have reached gold standard accreditation in recognition of our ongoing work to promote cycling to our students and staff as a sustainable travel option. We continue to invest in the range of bike friendly measures at the University such as The Bike Hub which offers cycle hire, maintenance and advice. We are really excited to extend our electric bike fleet thanks to grant support from CityConnect.”
Click below for WYCA’s Press Release “West Yorkshire businesses continuing the legacy of Tour de Yorkshire”(Friday 11 May 2018)
For more information about the scheme, click here.