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The built environment is a sector where improvement is lagging behind


Energy use in buildings account for more than a third of all greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere (European Climate Foundation 2020). The responsibility lies in us all not just more intelligent buildings/technology. Improvement must be achievable and independently monitored.

  • Awareness – signage around accommodation, for example: “wash on 30 degrees”
  • Energy use restrictions within accommodation which depend on occupation levels
  • Recycling – for example: areas that lack appropriate facilities have a glass collection point
  • Charity shop collection – any unwanted belongings taken to a charity at the end of each academic year
  • Insulation – improve where necessary 
  • Draught excluders – no heat escapes
  • Green energy providers – renewable energy sources
  • Energy efficient lightbulbs
  • Auto-lights in common areas
  • Dishwashers – use less water 
  • Caps on taps – buy new tap fixtures to ensure no dripping, donate the old taps
  • Green areas / wildlife houses – encourage more life by planting more greens or stack up some logs for the wildlife
  • Cleaning materials – use materials that are deemed environmentally friendly (no harmful chemicals)
  • Go plastic free with merchandise 
  • Plant community herb/vegetable gardens 
  • Work with Local Authorities encouraging pedestrian and cycle use 
  • Kiosk plastic free wrapping of locally sourced and prepared food
  • In addition to the Kiosk, saving unsold goods from supermarkets prevents waste and gives tenants a cheap meal
  • Publish an annual sustainability report (SR) externally monitored   

Retained adviser and best practice advice from Jessica Marsh.

“The built environment is a sector where improvement is lagging behind.”