Welcome to the University of Greenwich sustainability series of podcasts. Created by students and volunteers, with support from the Sustainability Team. Whether you’re looking to brush up on knowledge, learn something new or delve into a specific niche, there’s a show for you. The podcasts were launched during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 to keep connections between the sustainable agenda and our students and staff.
Switch on, sit back and enjoy these discussions with peers and professionals alike.
15.04.2020 – Episode 1 – Impact of lockdowns on the environment & wellbeing Volunteer host Ryan Wallace speaks to Niel Lewis & David Jackson about the coronavirus pandemic and its influence on the environment. This podcast was recorded during the middle of the 2020 pandemic lockdown in the UK Niel Lewis is a student working within the Sustainability team, and forthcoming 2021 GSU officer. David Jackson is the Sustainability Projects Officer within the Sustainability Team Fact: The oldest trees are over 4,500 years old
08.05.2020 – Episode 2 – Working & Studying from home Volunteer host Ryan Wallace catches up with Niel & David again to speak about how they’ve been effected by the new remote life. The challenges and positives are all covered. Niel Lewis is a student working within the Sustainability team, and forthcoming 2021 GSU officer. David Jackson is the Sustainability Projects Officer within the Sustainability Team Fact: A glass bottle made in our lifetime will take 4,000 years to decompose if dumped
13.05.2020 – Episode 3 – Coming out of Lockdown Recorded in mid-April, host Ryan Wallace catches up with Niel & David again, this time to discuss what coming out of lockdown may look like. Niel Lewis is a student working within the Sustainability team, and forthcoming 2021 GSU officer David Jackson is the Sustainability Projects Officer within the Sustainability Team Fact: An estimated 50,000 tropical animal species become extinct annually, 137 species a day
25.04.2020 – Episode 4 – The Head of Sustainability Host Ryan Wallace interviews Simon Goldsmith, the Head of Sustainability about all things Greenwich and leading an innovative agenda. Learn the challenges and positives Simon’s seen from his 30 years experience within the environment sector. Fact: An anniversary! In 1954 Bell Labs demonstrated the first practical silicon Solar Photovoltaic (PV) cell. It had a 6% efficiency, nowadays its around 30%
28.05.2020 – Episode 5 – The GSU President & Sustainability Host Ryan Wallace speaks to Henry Setter, the current Student Union President of Greenwich (GSU) Find out what it is like as an SU President; the positives and challenges, alongside how sustainability has been a major influence to him both professionally and personally. Fact: The phobia of killer whales – Cetaphobia
29.05.2020 – Episode 6 – Biodiversity & Hedgehogs Ryan Wallace speaks to David Jackson & Jo Wilkinson around the topic of biodiversity; global and local. Learn about ecosystem services and the future of the UK’s favourite species, the Hedgehog and how one initiative is helping universities; The Hedgehog Friendly Campus. David Jackson is the Sustainability Projects Officer at UoG Jo Wilkinson is the National Coordinator of The Hedgehog Friendly Campus Initiative Fact: A baby Hedgehog is called a Hoglet & a group of hedgehogs is called an Array
03.06.2020 – Episode 7 – The Host Interviewed The tables have turned, join Head of Sustainability Simon Goldsmith interview GREen Pod volunteer host Ryan Wallace around his own passions, what the future holds and how he came to be volunteering with the University of Greenwich. Fact: Dish washers may in fact use less water than hand washing – tune in to find out more
29.07.2020 – Episode 8 – Urthly Uncovered Join back-in-chair host Ryan Wallace speak to Charlie , founder of London based Urthly, a Sustainable Consultancy & My Eco Order, helping to reduce your purchase footprint at home. Listen to find out about how one London Street is bidding to become the most sustainable in the UK. Fact: If every family in the UK swapped one red meat per week to a plant based meal, it would have the same impact as removing 16 million cars from the road!