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Here you will find your ideas into action. A list of projects for staff to get involved in and contribute to which make a positive environmental impact. 

Ideas into Action is an opportunity for you to do something outside of your usual role, gain new skills and experiences and work with sustainability professionals. Your involvement can be as much or as little as you wish. 

Taking part you will be activitely contributing to the sustainability commitments of Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Bogtastic Van - developing knowledge and skills to embed sustainable development amongst students

  

Peat wetlands alone store more carbon in the soil than rainforests do. They store a third of the world’s total carbon despite only taking up 3 per cent of the world’s surface!

Here in the Environment Team, we love wetlands and so do our colleagues in Science and Engineering who carry out lots of research into moorland and Mountain Hare conservation. 

The Bogtastic Van belongs to Moors for the Future and aims to inspire people about the moors and how they can help to look after them. It is part of a project called MoorLIFE 2020. Funding for the project comes from the EU LIFE programme, United Utilities, Severn Trent Water, Yorkshire Water and the Peak District National Park Authority.

The Bogtastic van travels across the Peak District National Park and South Pennines to spread the word about the importance of healthy moorlands, but took a detour to our campus so that staff and students got the chance to experience the sights, sounds, and textures of the moors. Past and present Manchester Met students who have been on placement with Moors for the Future were onsite to share their knowledge and expertise.

Learn more at: http://www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/

Get involved:

The Bogtastic Van will be visiting campus once a term in 2018-19.  Check out our events page for more information.

Contact:

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved please email bigimpact@mmu.ac.uk

Idea submitted by:

Simon Caporn, Professor in Ecology and Environment

Vinyl Banners - reducing waste to landfill

In the spirit of zero waste, we would like to develop a process to repurpose unrecyclable vinyl banners, which are widely used on campus. Our solution to make practical products such as reusable bags for staff and students, which demonstrates our commitment to zero waste. In the first instance we will be working to create a number of prototypes from this material which in the future could be mass produced in to products for our staff and students.

 The project will aim to raise awareness of the environmental impact of such products and influence staff to consider more environmentally friendly alternatives. We have the resources and skills on campus to repurpose these banners and make something practical.

Get involved:

We are looking for staff who are passionate about waste reduction and upcycling to help deliver this project. Could you help create a useable product from this would be waste and prevent these from ending up in landfill? You do not need any specific skills just a passion to do something different. 

Contact:

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved please contact Project Lead Ryan Waugh at r.waugh@mmu.ac.uk alternatively email bigimpact@mmu.ac.uk

Idea submitted by:

Lisa Bach, IDEA Office, Faculty of HLSS

TetraBin – encouraging positive waste and recycling behaviours through gamification

This project is the first step towards better understanding how playful interfaces can contribute to sustainable life and liveability in urban environments for the 21st century. The idea, to install the UK’s first TetraBin, explores how digital technology can be used to motivate positive change in urban environments.

We will work in partnership with Steven Bai, Simple Collective Pty Ltd, former researcher and graduate from the University of Sydney to bring TetraBIN to the UK. TetraBIN in its final form transforms the act of disposing rubbish into a bin by collaboratively participating in urban game play. The game play is loosely based on the well-known Tetris game. Putting a piece of rubbish into the TetraBIN releases a block circling around the top edge of the bin.

TetraBin is simple, fun and interactive - and its implementation on a wider scale may result in a cleaner environment by removing the passive nature of depositing rubbish into a bin. It aims to engage users through new interactive technologies, feed into wider city, regional and national research projects, create partnership with our communities and engage MMU students through their curriculum.

Get involved:

The project will actively seek to develop new partnerships and collaborations, for example with Manchester City Council and businesses involved in sustainability/waste management, and with Digital Innovations, who will be able to provide expertise in developing the idea further.

Contact:

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved please email bigimpact@mmu.ac.uk

Idea submitted by:

Dee Vyas, Teaching Technology Professional, Learning Innovation

Cheshire Greenhouse - increasing space used for growing food on campus

The project evolves around engaging students with growing, sustainability, enterprise and community projects using existing greenhouses and possibility of starting an allotment on the campus. Students will plan what will grow in the greenhouse/allotment and how the produce would be used with a scope for developing entrepreneurial, educational and community projects. Taking into consideration our rural locations the projects will help students to connect with the surrounding environment. It will bring an interesting activity, which will help to build a sense of community and belonging to the campus.

To effectively maintain the greenhouse/allotment during the summer period and to make the project sustainable, there is a need for student and staff collaboration in running of the greenhouse/allotment projects. During the academic year students would plan what produce would be grown, cultivate plants and plan potential projects. In the summer, term students will continue to plant and cultivate the produce, and prepare the handover to staff for summer period who will support student’s efforts. A group of students at the Cheshire Campus are currently in the process of setting up a Student Sustainability and Growth Society.

We believe that greenhouse/ allotment will be beneficial to both students and staff at Cheshire Faculty and university.  The project will provide the following:

  • Educational opportunities.
  • Staff and student collaboration.
  • Community engagement opportunities.
  • Biodiversity enhancement.

Get involved:

We are looking to establish a group of keen staff from various roles who would like to take part in the project and provide further support and advice to students throughout the year. 

Contact:

To find out more about how you can get involved and contribute to this exciting project please contact Marcin Wozniak at m.wozniak@mmu.ac.uk

Idea submitted by:

Marcin Wozniak, Student Experience Support Tutor, MMU Cheshire 

Bat & Bird Boxes - enhancing biodiversity on campus

Our aim for this project is to enhance biodiversity on our estate by providing homes for wildlife in line with our commitments set out in our Environmental Sustainability Strategy. To do this we will work with relevant parties to identify appropriate areas for bat and bird boxes on our estate and within our local community. We will use the project to engage and educate our staff, students and local community on issues related to biodiversity and raise awareness of wildlife in urban communities. We hope to educate people about the challenges wildlife face living in urban environments and what we can do to protect them.

Get involved:

Working with passionate colleagues including members of South Lancashire Bat Group, you have a unique opportunity to help deliver this project on campus. Join like-minded colleagues in the planning and delivery of this project, from helping to identify suitable areas, sources boxes, engaging wider audiences, installing boxes and sharing success.

If you are a student or academic and interested in exploring opportunities for research related to this project please get in touch. 

Contact:

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved please contact our Project Lead Julie Boyd at j.boyd@mmu.ac.uk alternatively email bigimpact@mmu.ac.uk

Idea submitted by:

Julie Boyd, Programme Team (Hollings and S&E)

Benjamin Thompson, Cambridge & Cavendish Halls Team