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The University generates huge amounts of information that can be analysed to help drive sustainability improvements by, for example, helping us reduce our energy use through technical improvement or improving recycling rates through behavioural research.

The expertise of staff and students can be applied locally utilising data we already collect or undertaking research to understand our systems and set out experiments to deliver more effective sustainable solutions. We have many projects that staff and students can get involved with now that can provide practical and valuable real life research projects working with experts within the University.

Over the coming months we will create a list of projects we are looking for support to undertake research. Funding may be available for some of these projects.

Data is also collected by for example government agencies that can be analysed to assist us in understanding our comparative sustainability position and help us target areas for further improvement. For example the Higher Education Statistics Agency Environmental Information produces annual reports in Excel format files including environmental information from all universities and colleges in the UK. This provides a wealth of information that could be more effectively applied using the intellectual capabilities of our academic staff and student bodies.

Projects: (Contact the Sustainable Development Unit for more information)

Behaviour change, psychology, design, communication:

  • Improving recycling rates in Student Halls. Research to identify approaches that can improve the rates of recycling within student residences. Case study Avery Hill & Daniel Defoe Halls.
  • Design of effective communication resources: logo’s, identities, themes for use in all media. Outcome to create resources to connect and communicate to University stakeholders to relate to and enable positive changes in behaviour.
  • Increasing ‘resonance, reference & relevance’ of sustainability within decision-making by staff in the University of Greenwich. Research to understand the most effective means to enable staff to ensure sustainability is considered and enabled in key decision making in various departments.
  • Reducing littering & increasing recycling through innovative communication messages and methods. Research applied to University of Greenwich campuses to identify most effective approaches to ensure improvements.
  • Enabling modal transport shift from higher impact to lower impact travel modes. Research on University of Greenwich staff and students with aim of applying research findings to influence travel to be more sustainable.
  • Improving energy and water efficiency in Student Halls. Research to identify approaches that can improve the rates of recycling within student residences. Case study Avery Hill & Daniel Defoe Halls

Technical & analytical:

  • Analysis of energy and water use data, using automatic meter and Building Management System data. Utilising historic and up-to-date data sets to develop predictive systems to identify wastage and saving opportunities.
  • Capturing accurate data for student travel for start and end of term journeys (from Greenwich to home town). Developing systems to capture and measure data for internal and external; reporting purposes.
  • Design and development of applications (for web and mobile devices) to illustrate sustainability issues around the campus to help understanding of and application of improvements of sustainability impacts.

(Contact the Sustainable Development Unit for more information).

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