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Plastic Free Wrexham

Plastic Free Wrexham

WGU, WGSU and Wrexham Councillor Marc Jones have taken the first step in the fight against single use plastics in Wrexham. Along with a group of passionate and driven people, together they are working through an action plan, guided by Surfers Against Sewage. The campaign, Plastic Free Wrexham. The plan, Refuse, Reuse and Recycle.

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Go Green Bike Ride, Maria

WGU VC Leads Go Green Bike Ride

Staff and students demonstrated our commitment to the environment and their health by getting on their bikes.
Staff, students’ union representatives and students got together for a lunchtime cycle ride to mark Go Green and Fairtrade Fortnight.
Leading the bike ride were vice-chancellor Maria Hinfelaar and event organiser Claire Doran. “We’re promoting healthy living and the importance of getting out at lunchtime for a quick cycle" - Professor Maria Hinfelaar.

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Lighting up at Plas Coch

Lighting up at Plas Coch – December 2017

With the dark nights now upon us, what better time to upgrade our outside lights at Plas Coch?

You have probably noticed an increase in the external light levels when walking around the site late afternoon /early evening. Several areas have been tackled so far in Stage One of the Lighting Project owned by the Carbon Management Team.

New lamps have been installed in the Student Guild area, the main walk way between Engineering and ‘D’ Block buildings and the Quadrangle/ United Kitchen areas. Other areas include the Health Centre and ‘A’ block building, facing the Stadium.  So far just under 60 lamp fittings, a mixture of SOX and SON, high and low pressure sodium discharge lamps, have been replaced with more energy efficient LED lamps.

The new LED lighting fittings have a light spectrum which is a vast improvement in comparison to the previous discharge lamps. They also have a life span of about 50,000 hours, with a very slow decay.

In certain areas within Plas Coch we looked to increase light levels with higher wattage LED floodlights and in other areas we looked to maintain the light levels, installing more efficient lamps to provide comparable light output at a reduced wattage. This has ensured the lighting system serves the design goals of the space in each specific place, bearing in mind both the needs of highly pedestrianised areas and high traffic usage areas.

We are also controlling our energy usage for external lighting further with our energy management software systems, photocells (light sensors) and time clocks. This way we are able to control the hours the lighting system is used, eliminating waste and reducing energy usage.

Significant operating cost savings of £1500 per annum will result in our ability to pay for the £5k investment, calculating at just under 3.5 years payback. Our consumption savings from Stage One will total over 11,000kwh, which equates to almost 4 ton of C02. Excellent results!

Stage Two is now in planning for Crispin Lane along with other areas of priority and will be rolled out shortly.

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2:2 People and Planet 2017

Wrexham Glyndwr University soared almost 50 places up the rankings of a prestigious green league table.

The institution rose from 132 to 83rd in the People and Planet University League 2017, scoring highly for sustainable food, and engagement and education.

There were also reductions in the use of carbon, water and energy sources, as well as a 75% rise in the number of ‘green champions’ – or sustainable staff.

The increase comes after the University unveiled its Campus 2025 vision for an overhaul of the Wrexham campus, to include new student accommodation, car parking, upgraded academic and research rooms and transfiguration of buildings, including the main entrance.

Lynda Powell, Director of Operations at Wrexham Glyndwr University, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and shows the University’s commitment to understanding and managing its impact on the environment. We are currently updating the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy and this will help to strengthen and drive forward more exciting projects and initiatives that will hopefully be recognised as demonstrating best practise in environmental and sustainability excellence

“I would like to congratulate the team for their hard work over the last 12 months and for the commitment and dedication they have shown.”

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the People and Planet table was created from a 2003 student campaign demanding universities to ‘go green’ and aim for sustainability.

The ranking had clear aims: to make transparent the sustainable development of publicly funded universities, to create competition in the sector that would drive environmental and ethical performance, and to empower students and prospective students with the understanding of whether and how an institution was taking responsibility.

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Science Garden Takes Shape at Techniquest Glyndwr

Once complete the Science Garden will offer a mixture of planted areas and features such as wheelchair friendly surfacing, raised beds and pond area, a composting area and a number of working exhibits of equipment that will illustrate the primary scientific themes of Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Recycling.

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Green Champion Training

Today it is more important than ever to become a greener, more efficient university. It will help to improve our reputation, provide a platform for innovation, help attract and retain students, achieve better growth, cut costs and strengthen stakeholder relations.

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University Northop partnership to help combat global decline in honey bee population

We are delighted to support Flint and District Beekeepers Association in their battle to save the honey bee. As well as being a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn more about them, it means we are helping with conservation and the environment, which is a major part of this campus.

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Green societies win SU awards

The evening was kicked off with opening remarks by WGSU CEO Sarah Ellis highlighting the important work the SU have achieved throughout the year. This was followed by a remarkable speech by WGU Vice Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar who described WGSU as the best Students’ Union that she had come across. The first awards of the evening went to the Best Lecturers of 2017

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Sustainability efforts boost Wrexham Glyndwr University's green credentials

Northop is the home of the university’s rural and land-based studies so sustainability and the environment is at the heart of everything we do. It’s fantastic to see so many of our students playing an active role in helping to preserve the environment for future generations.

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New exhibition sees Fine Art lecturers recycle AV material earmarked for disposal 

Audio cassettes and 35mm slides rescued by two academics when a Shropshire college was set to dispose of them have been recycled for a new exhibition.

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Students visit £2.5 million Legacy Solar Farm in Wrexham

Wrexham Glyndwr University is passionate about supporting its graduates to connect with industry and the visit to the solar farm will enhance the theoretical knowledge of renewable technologies which they’ve been learning here on campus.

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Wrexham Glyndwr University has restored an ancient woodland at its Northop campus

Coed Llys, 15 hectares of woodland, has been restored to recover its ecological value and after a recent visit from Coed Cadw Woodland Trust compartments are now classified as a Restored Ancient Woodland.

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David Hanson MP visits Flintshare Cooperative at Glyndŵr University

FlintShare run three community vegetable growing schemes across the county, the site at Northop, one on the Gladstone estate in Hawarden and one in Cilcain. The aim of the not for profit organisation is to encourage people to share the work of growing vegetables and then share the produce which comes from them.

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A case study on Glyndŵr University who used Salix interest-free funding to invest in Pipework Insulation

Salix Finance has supported Glyndwr University to implement pipework insulation at the Plas Coch Campus. This project has allowed them to achieve £10,319 of savings to their annual energy costs.

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Wrexham Glyndŵr Uni aims to smash carbon management targets

Salix were so impressed by our insulation project that they are currently using it as a case study for other town and community councils to view as best practice in carbon management.

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Energy efficient technology sees Glyndŵr University reap financial rewards

Upgrades to the university’s lighting and heating systems – which included the installation of T5 fluorescent lamps and some LED and well as comprehensive pipework insulation – will see the campus cut its annual energy costs by £23,102, amounting to savings of more than £490,000 over the lifetime of the projects. In addition the schemes will save 3,384 tonnes of CO2 over their lifetime.

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Glyndŵr University, a long- term client of IEC, is ‘poised to be a leader’ among the greenest higher education institutions in the UK

Glyndwr University is targeting a 20% reduction in emissions by 2015, and 34% by 2020. A report by the Carbon Trust in Wales and Hefcw, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, praised Glyndwr for achieving the savings.

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Wrexham County Borough Council & Glyndŵr University – Working Together To Reduce Energy Consumption 

Simple steps, such as turning off and unplugging all office, classroom and kitchen equipment and turning off all office and classroom lights can significantly help the university reduce its energy consumption.

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Glyndwr Uni continues to improve its green credentials, while saving money at the same time

Energy and sustainability assistant Fiona Williams and energy and maintenance manager Paul Wright say the improvements can be attributed to a number of projects, including new lighting in the Edward Llwyd Centre and insulation of heating and hot water pipework and fittings at the 125-year-old Wrexham campus.

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Eco-friendly Glyndŵr University ‘poised to be a leader’ in carbon management 

This is fabulous news. At Glyndwr University we know how important it is to reduce our carbon footprint, now and in the future. Prof Scott said: “I am pleased with the results and would like to thank everyone for their hard work in achieving this.”

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