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November 2016

Biggest environmental sustainability initiative for staff in HE launched

(10 November 2016)

A giant 10,000 willow structure has appeared outside University Place this week to raise awareness of 10,000 Actions - the biggest environmental sustainability initiative in higher education, which the University launched to all staff on 10 November.

Many of the things you do in work are already contributing to a more sustainable society. 10,000 Actions will allow you to do even more by giving you and your 10,000+ colleagues the chance to take action on sustainability at the University of Manchester.

Through the programme you’ll be able to plan how you manage your environmental impact, track your progress as you complete your actions and celebrate your achievements. The more you do, the more we’ll achieve together. In addition, for every action plan that is produced, £1 will be provided to support the planting of an oak woodland in Manchester, enhancing the local environment for communities and wildlife, and improving local air quality. Feedback will be provided on how much Schools, Institutions and Directorates contribute to this throughout the campaign.

Environmental sustainability is a priority for the University as it’s central to our core goal of social responsibility. We’re the only university in the UK to have this strategic focus on making a difference as a core priority.

10,000 Actions will allow us to make a difference, individually and collectively, in tackling one of the world’s grandest challenges.

James Thompson, Associate Vice-President for Social Responsibility, said: “In September the University provided all 8,000 first-year undergraduate students with the opportunity to take part in the Sustainability Challenge.” 

“I’m delighted that we are now launching the UK’s biggest sustainability initiative for staff – 10,000 Actions. This means that within two months, over 18,000 of our staff and students have been encouraged to actively engage with environmental sustainability and make a real difference.” 

10,000 Actions is now live and will be open to complete until the end of January 2017. 

Please contact 10000actions@manchester.ac.uk or call x62393 if you have any queries. Guidance for managers and champions is also available.

You can also watch Ken McPhail, Vice-Dean for Social Responsibility in the Faculty of Humanities, talk more about 10,000 actions.

To follow our 10,000 Actions activities follow us on Twitter @UoMSust, using the hashtag #10000Actions.