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Your chance to switch on the University’s new solar panels

The University has begun an ambitious journey to Go Greener and become one of the most environmentally friendly universities in the UK.

During the summer we’ve been hard at work on the largest solar project in UK higher education - installing over 3,000 solar panels to buildings across campus.

The solar panels will provide over a quarter of a million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. That’s enough to power the University’s library for 12 months.

On Friday 13 October we’re going to make the day lucky for someone. A student and a staff member will have the opportunity to join Caroline Lucas MP to switch on solar panels in campus buildings and take us a step further toward halving our carbon emissions.

To be in with a chance to flick the switch, just email Internal Comms explaining in 140 characters or fewer why you’d like the chance to turn on our solar panels.

The closing date for entries is Friday 6 October. Please write ‘Go Greener comp’ in the subject line of your email.

And that’s not all …

As mentioned, Caroline Lucas MP will be on campus on 13 October to help us officially switch on panels in one of our buildings, and she will also be taking part in a panel discussion with some of our experts on renewable energy.

The future’s bright: turning Sussex green takes place in the Meeting House Quiet Room from 10.30am to 11.30am on Friday 13 October. Spaces for this event are limited, so please sign up now.

There will be more competitions announced in the week running up to the solar switch-on, so please keep an eye out on Twitter.      

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Posted on behalf of: Go Greener
Last updated: Friday, 29 September 2017


I am delighted that the university is on an ambitious journey to GO Greener and I applaud initiatives such as the solar panels and cycle scheme. However, I remain shocked at the continuing use of small, single use plastic bottles at meetings on campus. In the past week these were supplied at two meetings I attended. Plastic bottles do not ever degrade, they end up in our oceans if not recycled. There is no need to use these small bottles and it is time the university took a lead on this issue - jugs or bottles of tap water are fine. More drinking fountains and encouragement for all to carry reusable water bottles would help us to Go Greener.



From Linda Morrice on 6 October 2017
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