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Is GDP Right For The 21st Century?

Is GDP right for the 21 st century? In regione caecorum rex est luscus ̴ Erasmus, Adagia c.1500   As Erasmus’s Adagia reminds us, ‘in the land of the blind, the...

Truth Behind The Palm Oil Industry

Sylvie Tan is an Environmental Science student at UEA and is from Malaysia. She is currently on placement as an Education Assistant with the Field Studies Council in Snowdonia National...

The sharing economy: Norfolk Car Club

On Wednesday 30 May 2018 I said farewell to an old family friend. AR05 DVP had been my car since 2011 and had clocked up more than 128,000 miles when I waved goodbye as she headed off into the...

Sun, sea and sustainable water: solar desalinisation in Spain

At the start of July I travelled to Almería in Southern Spain for a UEA Environmental Sciences field trip. From the start it was clear that water scarcity was one of the biggest environmental...

Behind the scenes of the 2017-18 Green Impact Awards

Catrin Darsley, Sustainable Development Manager at UEA, celebrates the winners of UEA Green Impact Awards, 2018 The 2018 Green Impact Awards ceremony took place on 9 May 2018. I was proud...

An Ode to Green Impact, and the importance of being 'That guy'

(by Mark Kirkwood) I think I've always been "That Guy", even if I didn't realise it at first. My earliest memory of being "That Guy" is when I was chastised by a teacher in primary school...

Sustainable labs: packaging win

How many people feel the frustration of opening yet another delivery and having to empty all the packing material into the waste bin? Blog by Paul Disdle, Lab Technician in the Science...

Trying out the ofo option

200 ofo bikes were first introduced to Norwich in late October / early November 2017, and since then the fleet has grown to around 350 bikes. In the early days it was clear there were a few...

What Katy Digs: My studies in conservation

I am currently in the deep throws of my dissertation research. I both love and loath this almighty task that is constantly looming next to me, casting a shadow on anything fun. It dominates...

Help fight food waste and reduce hunger with Norwich Foodhub

In Norwich alone, at least 1,000 tonnes of food is wasted each year. Norwich FoodHub was set up in early 2016 to help find a way to stop this food from heading to the bin and finding its way...

Teaching Labs at UEA (II): Green lab practices

We’ve already talked about the nature of labs. We now know how water and energy intensive they are... but what are the technicians at the Chemistry and Pharmacy Teaching Lab doing to promote...

Teaching Labs at UEA (I): On the road to sustainability

Have you ever stepped into a science lab? Or wondered what really goes on in there? Well, that’s what I did. I wanted to know what happens in science labs, what kind of equipment is used, and...

Happy waste-busting

by Jack Whybrow (NBS) For a while now I have been interested in green issues and reducing my impact, hence this article. What follows is a serious of changes I made, changes I plan to make...

Tom's Tree Tour - exploring the campus canopy

The Estates Green Impact team reports on the lunchtime tree tour... Despite the freezing rain, mud and snow on 30th November, over 25 people joined in a lunchtime tour of UEA’s trees. The...

CarbonCrew volunteering - Marlpit Community Gardens

CarbonCrew Students is a society that aims to improve sustainability on campus and in the wider community. On 21st October, 19 students went to the Marl Pit Community Gardens for a day of...

The Great British Beach Clean, Norfolk edition

As part of Focus on Waste and Recycling month, I decided to take part in a beach clean. Between Friday 15th and Monday 18th September, the Marine Conservation Society organised The Great...

September Waste Month: How to Reduce your Waste

This month's focus is on waste. Did you know that the average American produces more than 4 pounds of trash per day? Have you ever thought about where our trash ends up? There has to...

SustainableUEA Welcome Crossword

This Welcome Week we created drinks coasters for all residential rooms on campus, and to give away at Societies Fair. Did you get the answers right? 1. To produce less waste ... ...

Green lessons from Copenhagen

UEA student Emily Mason reports on a summer research trip to Copenhagen... I recently travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to take part in the Gron Dyst (Green Challenge) conference...

Following on from Plastic Free July

As the previous Assistant Environmental Officer of UEA, one of my roles was to create the monthly Focus On posters for the sustainability team's core engagement campaign. July was Focus on...
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