Brighton University moves to halve its carbon emissions
Over 23 000 students and staff at the University of Brighton are involved in a major campaign to cut carbon emissions. The university claims to be the only one in the UK to set a target of halving carbon emissions in five years. Deputy vice-chancellor Prof. Stuart Laing (pictured) joined the launch wearing a ‘huge turn off’ T-shirt to encourage staff and students to switch off unnecessary appliances.
He said, ‘Greenhouse gases pose a critical threat to our planet, and it is crucial that all of us take responsibility and help reduce carbon emissions.’
The university has been ranked third this year of the country’s universities and higher-education institutions for sustainability and is investing heavily in low-carbon technologies.
Abigail Dombey, the university’s environmental manager, said, ‘C-change [the name of the campaign] shows how even small actions can make a difference. These include ensuring all lights and computers are switched off when leaving an office at the end of the day and, if possible, taking the stairs instead of a lift.’