Tag Archives: Environment

22 May 2015 - 4:57 pm … and it’s GOLD!!!

Since around September 2014 until March this year many Departments across the University have been working hard completing their Workbooks and aiming towards a specific award of either Bronze, Silver or Gold or even a special award for Green Impact.

At USE the aim this year was to “go for gold“. I can now report on a job well done and huge thanks to our Green Team – Ali Riley and me!!  We achieved the Gold Award. Continue reading “… and it’s GOLD!!!” »

17 May 2014 - 11:30 am Upcycling, freecycling, recycling…

Recently I’ve become obsessed with trying to make ‘stuff’ into ‘better stuff’ and generally trying to locate things for free. As students, we love a good freebie, but my obsession is partially to do with the fact that my parter and I are buying our first house, and although we are buying the house we probably aren’t going to have very much money to furnish it with. So we type into Google how to make a cheap table – and thousands of websites appear, showing us how to screw pallets together and paint them and use a washing machine drum, some lights and a big piece of glass or a V8 engine (like we have one of those lying around). Continue reading “Upcycling, freecycling, recycling…” »

25 March 2014 - 10:52 am The Green USE Team…

The USE team is enterprise through and through but did you know that we have another side? A greener side? Continue reading “The Green USE Team…” »

20 September 2013 - 10:08 am Are you socially driven?

Have you got an idea that could make a difference to the local community? Or want to learn more about what a social enterprise is? The Lab is back and is ready to inspire you and give you the skills to make your idea happen. Continue reading “Are you socially driven?” »

8 August 2013 - 10:22 am Get down to the lab

Need social enterprise in your life? Have got a great community based idea but don’t know what to do with it? Want something awesome to do next semester? Don’t despair, the Social Innovation Lab is returning next year and promises to give you all the knowledge and skills you need in order to get your Social Enterprise idea off the ground. Continue reading “Get down to the lab” »

23 July 2013 - 10:40 am Are you a social start up?

Thinking of setting up a socially inspired enterprise in Sheffield or anywhere in the north? Whether it has an environmental impact or a social heart, the Social Incubator North could be the opportunity that you have been looking for. Continue reading “Are you a social start up?” »

3 June 2013 - 12:03 pm Bring it, don’t bin it!

Bring it, Don’t bin it is a university scheme aimed at reducing student waste and providing food, clothing and household items to those in need. The scheme is a collaborative campaign run by the Students’ Union and several partners, including the Accommodation and Commercial Services and four local charities: The Conservation Volunteers, St Luke’s Hospice, Shelter and St Vincents.  If you’re having a clear out, a tidy, or a simply wondering how on earth you’re going to get through all the food in your cupboard before moving day this could be a simple and easy way for you to help someone less fortunate. Continue reading “Bring it, don’t bin it!” »

18 May 2013 - 10:27 am Introducing your Environmental Hero 2012/13

So, guess what, guys? I won an award!

Obviously working at USE and getting to do all the cool and crazy stuff I get to do – a lot of it in the past has come from me saying ‘Hey, wouldn’t this be cool?’ and everyone else saying ‘Sure, go for it!’ – is rewarding in itself, but receiving an award for the work I’ve been doing really has put the icing on the cake.

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22 February 2013 - 10:49 am Is USE orange, yellow… or green?

You may have heard the debate on whether USE is yellow or orange but actually, we are green. For the fourth year, USE is taking part in the University’s Green Impact scheme which promotes greener working environments. Continue reading “Is USE orange, yellow… or green?” »

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23 October 2012 - 11:07 am It’s just a matter of time…

Earlier this month, I attended the Making Ideas Happen module second group work session.  This session took place at St Mary’s Church and Conference Centre, which is this year’s community partner for the module.  During the session Graham Duncan, the centre manager, delivered a presentation to the students about the centre and the services it provides for the community.  The presentation itself was pretty inspiring, but there was one aspect that really caught my interest – the concept of Time Banking.

Continue reading “It’s just a matter of time…” »