Sussex and Balfour Beatty teams spring clean the woods

University staff joined a team from Balfour Beatty’s construction site on the East Slope to take part in a litter pick for Go Green week on Thursday 15 February.

In spite of the very muddy conditions, the weather was dry and sunny on the day, and the small team - armed with litter grabbers - covered the area of woodland between the student village construction site and Falmer village. 

After an hour, the team covered a wide area of the woodland, collecting ten bags of rubbish as well as a section from a car dashboard, a broken bicycle and a large piece of mesh fencing!

Claire Annesley, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equalities and Diversity), and Nicola Callaghan from the Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion team were among those joining the litter pick walk. 

Nicola said:  “I was surprised how much fun litter picking was. It was lovely to be out in our beautiful grounds in the sunshine, despite the muddy conditions underfoot, and so nice to be able to do something positive to make a difference.

“It’s easy to be overwhelmed by issues such as the environment but even something as small as an hour litter picking can make a real difference. Doing something to help is a great way to feel happier and realise you can be part of the solution.

“It was a real treat to meet some new people on campus, especially our colleagues in Balfour Beatty. It was evident how much they cared and wanted to be part of our community. Hopefully we can keep up the good work and join their litter patrols in the future.”

The Balfour team organise a litter collection walk through the woodland on the first Thursday of each month. For more information, contact

Go Greener at Sussex

The University of Sussex has begun an ambitious journey to become one of the greenest universities in the UK and is working towards cutting its carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020.

The University, which is home to some of the world’s leading sustainability academics, is engaged in a multi-million pound programme which has already seen more than 3,000 solar panels fitted on 29 buildings - the largest solar project in the UK higher education sector.

Go Greener will also involve the replacement of 27,000 light bulbs with more efficient LED lighting, improved heating and cooling systems, and the installation of smart metering across the campus.

Over the next two years the University will be looking to replace current energy systems with more sustainable alternatives, with the aim of becoming one of the most energy-efficient universities in the UK within the next ten years.

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Posted on behalf of: Go Greener
Last updated: Friday, 16 February 2018