Sustainability at Warwick

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Thank you to all who came to our Pollinators & Flowers biodiversity walk despite the bad weather. 🌿🐝

Don't forget to sign up to our Glorious Grasslands walk which will take place on the 6th August!

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After weeks of collecting, sorting and weighing, we're proud to share that we collected over 4.7 tonnes of book, kitchenware, food, and small electricals during our end of term Donation Drive! πŸ½πŸ“šπŸ”ŒπŸ₯«

Some of the collected items will be offered to incoming students on a pay-as-you-feel basis at the Kitchen Kit Market during Arrivals Weekend, while other items will be supporting local charities. Thank you to everyone who supported the Donation Drive – it was a great reminder of how our individual positive actions can collectively have a huge impact!πŸ‘«πŸ’š
The Donation Drive is a huge part of Warwick’s commitment to create a circular economy campus and our work towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. We’re exploring all avenues for reuse, repair and refurbishment before recycling and recovering materials as a last resort.


Join our next Warwick Wombles Litter Pick 12-1pm on Wednesday, 17th July on Westwood campus. πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘

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We're hosting two biodiversity surveys next week!

πŸ¦‹ Join us for a Butterfly Survey 1-2pm on 16th July! We will explore the variety of butterflies we have on campus with Tara, from local wildlife organisation Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire.

πŸ¦‹ Join us for our next Moth Survey 9-10am on 17th July! It will be led by Dan Hall, Teaching Fellow in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

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Join us for a walk 12-1pm on 9th July to look at pollinators, such as bees, and the flowers they are feeding on. 🐝

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Huge congratulations to the winners of our Spring Wildlife Photography Competition! And the winners are

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πŸ¦‹ Wildlife on campus: "Robin" by Li Zhiang
🐝 Wildlife in the local area: "Horse Chestnut" by Ruiqi Huang

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our competition and helped make it a success!

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...and that's a wrap! With the help of our amazing staff and student volunteers, Carriers of Hope, and Biffa has officially ended for this academic year. πŸ“¦πŸ§‘

We will be updating you all in the coming weeks about how much food, books, kitchenware we've collected from accommodation blocks. We've barely started our sorting process and we've already weighed over 670kgs of items. And this is only the beginning! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Thank you to everyone who donated their items or supported the initiative in any way!

See you in July!


We're hiring! Join the Energy & Sustainability team as a Sustainability Assistant with focus on biodiversity and ecology. Application deadline 1st July.🌱

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Moving out and can't take your items home with you? Donate them at one of our Donation Stations!

We're accepting:
πŸ₯« Unopened, non-perishable food
πŸ”Œ Small electricals
🍴 Kitchenware
πŸ“š Books

πŸ›οΈ Textiles (including bedding, duvets, pillows, pillowcases, towels, bathmats)
🚲 Bikes
πŸ‘• Clothes

Find out more about the accepted items & find your nearest Donation StationπŸ‘‡


πŸ¦‹ Join the Survey by the Natural History Museum! Help the NHM understand how road noise affects insects by recording sounds and observing insects along UK roadsides. Your data will aid crucial research in protecting our environment.

πŸ› You can also join the Survey by Bug Life! It is quick, free and easy to get involved – just download the free mobile phone app, and start recording insect splats on vehicle journeys

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The next Warwick Wombles Litter Pick will be at 12-1pm on Wednesday, 19th June (meeting point TBC). During our litter pick in May, our lovely volunteers collected 20.5kgs of litter around Lakeside. Thank you to everyone who joined us! πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘

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Captured something amazing on campus or in the local area? You still have time left to submit your entries to our Spring Wildlife Photography Competition until the 16th June.🐝 🌱 πŸ“·



The Warwick Donation Drive is back for term 3 and we’re looking for student and staff volunteers to help collect and sort donated items including food, small electricals, kitchenware, books and bedding. Find out more πŸ‘‡


ENERGY WALK | 12-1pm 13th June⚑

Join our Energy Team and learn about the University’s energy projects including borehole sites & the Energy Centre. We will also discuss domestic energy usage. Sign up now via the link in our bio



❓ You can donate unopened non-perishable food, kitchenware, books, electricals, textiles, and bikes.

πŸ“… You can donate your items until the 29th June 2024 at your nearest Donation Station.

🧑Donation Drive is our project to reduce the environmental impact of move out by making it easier for students to donate unwanted items before they leave campus. By dropping your items to one of the Donation Stations around campus you will prevent waste, reduce your carbon footprint and support local charities. This project is run by the Energy & Sustainability Team with support from Warwick Accommodation, Waste & Recycling, Post & Portering and Warwick Volunteers.



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The Donation Drive has started! 🧑

There are Donation Stations all over campus where you can donate books, unopened non-perishable food, kitchenware & small electricals. You can even donate duvets and bikes!

Can't take it home? Don't bin it, donate it!

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In 2022 Estates led a review and recommissioning of the University's Building Energy Management System that would result in savings of over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2023. To put this in context, this is equivalent to the emissions generated from a petrol car driving around the world 163 times.

Read our Energy Strategy:


During our Bike Swap initiative, Estates have raised a whooping £1015 which was donated to the Coventry Food Bank on 21st May 2024. 🚲

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Captured something eye-catching on campus or in the local area?

You still have time to submit your photos to the Spring Wildlife Photography Competition! πŸ“·πŸŒΈπŸŒˆ

The competition runs from 01 May 2024 at 12pm to 16 June 2024 at 9am. It is open to staff and students.



We're testing out new mobility ideas, approaches and technologies that will help to address the climate emergency. Check out our sustainable travel initiatives including the on-demand bus service, cycle hire, electric car salary sacrifice scheme and more.


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We have two priority projects related to heat supply decarbonisation on campus. You may have seen two big drills on campus at Kirby Corner and at Cryfield, opposite the Sports Hub - which are being used to create two 350-metre-deep boreholes. These tests are helping us work out the best way to access thermal energy in the ground and how much we can sustainably use.

The first project is a new sustainable heat energy centre for our STEM Connect, Social Sciences Connect and EIC projects, and is located at Kirby Corner. The project represents a turning point for the University as it will be the first time we’ve been able to decouple campus growth from increases in onsite fossil fuel combustion.

The second project at Cryfield is for a high temperature heat pump that can deliver heat directly into our existing network, building on the infrastructure assets we already have and simultaneously reducing the emissions of all connected buildings.

The tests will show if an open loop ground source heat pumps system is possible on the University’s campus. If feasible, an open loop heat pump system will pump water from an aquifer beneath the campus, and using a heat pump at ground level, transfer the heat to the campus heat network before the water is pumped back into the ground.

Read our Energy Strategy πŸ‘‰


🚴 Switching to walking or cycling for more of our shorter journeys helps to protect the environment! It creates less noise, less air pollution, and results in fewer emissions that are warming the atmosphere. Find out moreπŸ‘‡


The next litter pick, as part of DeStresstival, will be at 12-1pm on Wednesday, 15th May (meeting point TBA). πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘πŸ’šβ˜€οΈ Sign up now here:

During our litter pick in April, our lovely volunteers collected 43.7kgs of litter around Claycroft and Tocil Residences. Thank you to everyone who joined us!



Did you know that approximately 97% of flower-rich meadows have been lost across the UK since the 1930’s? These spaces provide numerous benefits to us and the planet including providing food and habitats for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, storing carbon, and supporting our wellbeing.

The University has taken part in Plantlife's initiative for the past four years and will continue to leave spaces unmown this spring, with some areas being left into the summer and beyond before they are cut. In addition to leaving spaces unmown the University has also put in 5,000m2 of wildflower turf across campus with three different mixes suitable for sun, shade and a mixture of the two.

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The Wildlife Photography Competition returns for Spring!🌸🌈 The competition will run from 01 May 2024 at 12pm to 16 June 2024 at 9am. It is open to staff and students.

There are two categories:
🐰Wildlife on campus
🦊 Wildlife in your local area

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