[Notices] Sustainability at your university
Win a KeepCup, eat more plants, cycle safely, shop sustainably We take environmental sustainability seriously at Cambridge, as set out in our policy (www.environment.admin.cam.ac.uk/policy). As a member of the University, we expect you to play a role too. Here are some quick tips:
— Sign up to Greenlines, the Environment and Energy team’s monthly newsletter (www.environment.admin.cam.ac.uk/greenlines)
— Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CUenvironment)
— Find us on Instagram (www.instagram.com/cambridgesust)
— Follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/CambridgeSust)
Eat more plants.
— The University is proud to have a Sustainable Food Policy (www.environment.admin.cam.ac.uk/sustainable-food) for its cafes and outlets. You can use it for tips on making the most sustainable food choices.
Travel by foot, bike or bus.
— You can take the Universal bus (www.environment.admin.cam.ac.uk/travel/catch-bus) for £1 per journey with your University card.
— Safety is your priority when cycling, so SEE BELOW for cycle safety information or here (www.environment.admin.cam.ac.uk/what-are-we-doing/travel/get-cycling/cycle-safety-and-all-weather-cycling).
Reduce energy, water and waste.
–Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
–Wear a jumper rather than turning up the heating.
–Take shorter showers and report leaking taps.
–Check out the charity shops on Burleigh Street.
–Use your College and Department recycling systems.
–If you want to get hands-on for a couple of hours and see just how much waste is being recycled at the University, check out this event (www.facebook.com/events/178711576048838).
Any questions or suggestions?
–Get in touch. We’ll reply to all messages and also include the best (along with our answers) in Greenlines.
–Those featured will win a KeepCup, saving you 20p on every hot drink you buy in University cafés!
The E&E team
– Adam, Alex, Amanda, Bruce, Colin, Emily, Gráinne, Jaspyr, Kev, Paula, Peter, Sally and Xiang
Be Safe, Be Bright and Be Seen This Winter
1. Lights and cycle mounted reflectors are a legal requirement. Make sure you have two lights and two reflectors on your bike, red on the back and white on the front, as well as four pedal reflectors.
2. Additional reflectors can be added to your wheel spokes for extra visibility. Use www.camcycle.org.uk/resources/lights to help you. 3. Dress to be seen. Wear reflective and high viz clothing.
4. Get geared up. Wear gloves and water proofs to make your ride more comfortable.
5. Don’t cycle in the gutter. Be wary of leaves, drains, grit, ice, poor surfaces and giving yourself room for movement from close passing vehicles.
6. Plan safe cycle routes. A commute which may have been quiet and scenic during the summer months may not be as desirable in the winter. Find an alternative route using the Cycle Streets journey planner (cyclestreets.net).
7. Take part in cycle training. Even if you’ve cycled for a long time, a one off lesson can help you improve your skills. Email email@example.com if you’re interested in taking part in free cycle training offered by the University.
8. Check your bike. Wet weather can cause your bicycle to deteriorate so make sure it is serviced during the colder months; tyres and brakes, in particular, should be checked regularly. Carry a puncture repair kit in the winter months. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in being on the waiting list for free cycle maintenance workshops offered by the University.
9. Allow longer braking distances in wet and icy conditions.
10. Use the University Map to locate your nearest bike repair station (map.cam.ac.uk/#52.207725,0.101302,15,T:bicyclerepairs).