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Wimbledon 2015

As the nation watched with bated breath we seen Novak Djokovic beat seven time champion Roger Federer to win the men’s singles title while Serena Williams was the winner of the women’s singles title at this year’s Wimbledon tournament.

The tournament had many twists and turns that resulted in Dustin Brown taking out Rafa Nadal, Murray Mania sweeping the nation, Roger Federer refusing to age and Heather Watson taking the tournament by storm.

With such an established and elite event we wondered how sustainable is the All England Lawn Tennis Club?


The organisers of Wimbledon are keen on recycling and the sustainability of the event. For all recyclable materials, they are sorted out through a Material Recovery Facility with non- recyclable materials being processed at an Energy from Waste facility. This means that they achieve an overall reduction from landfill of around 95%. This has also been made possible with the introduction of a two-streamed waste bin system which has seen a recycling rise to 53% of all waste.

Wimbledon also has the responsibility to take care of the local community who are affected when the event is being held. The Wimbledon Foundation was created to fund charities, fix roads, flowers and statues that may be damaged during The Championship. This also directly involves developing effective transport solutions during the tournament which will reflect the priorities of the club, its neighbours and those visiting during The Championships.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club pledges to “take into account the environmental impact of everything it does and will strive to reduce direct and indirect resource consumption and to reduce more generally its impact on the environment”.  The Championship has committed to minimise fossil fuel use as much as possible, and to use only bio-friendly gases, with the key objective of reducing carbon emissions from the grounds.

We all know that Wimbledon is famous for their Pimms as well as strawberries and cream. The strawberries and cream are locally sourced from within a hundred miles; nearly all of the strawberries come from Kent and are picked at 5.30am that morning. In total 28,000kg of strawberries are consumed during the fortnight with more than 7,000 litres of cream.

With the environmental care being well managed it came to our surprise of how the 54,200 tennis balls get to centre court. The Slazenger tennis balls travel over 50,000 miles, fly between 11 countries and across four continents to then arrive at centre court. Although this may be more cost effective for Slazenger to produce the vast amount of tennis balls needed, it does create a vast amount of footprint. This shows that there is failing to ensure manufacturers pay the true cost of their environmental impact which can lead to an extraordinary supply chain in a globalised world.  It may not be practical for the tennis balls to go on a round the world trip but this has more to do with the suppliers rather than Wimbledon.

Here’s 50 things that were learned about Wimbledon over the last two weeks: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/11735538/Wimbledon-2015-50-things-we-learned.html


Another amazing year, great atmosphere and emotional experience for us all!

Until next year…



Glastonbury – A tent is for life not just for a festival

So that’s it from Glastonbury for another year. With the controversy of Kanye West headlining Saturday night and stating that he is “the greatest living rock star on the planet”, to the debut of Lee-zus (aka Lee Nelson) gate crashing Kanye’s set and the roaring reception of Lionel Richie we can definitely say this one will be remembered for a while.

Glastonbury Festival, Britain - 27 Jun 2015  

With 177,550 attendees at Worthy Farm each year there will be a significant level of litter generated at the festival. So we decided to investigate HOW GREEN IS GLASTONBURY?

In 2014 the festival recycled; 114 tonnes of composted organise waste, 400 tonnes of chipped wood, 23 tonnes of glass, 85 tonnes of cans and plastic bottles, 41 tonnes of cardboard,11.2 tonnes of clothing, tents and sleeping bags. Overall 983 tonnes of waste was collected with 54% of it being recycled.

With the images of what has been left from Glastonbury this year is it possible they can do the same or even better than the previous year?

Glastonbury is trying to highlight the importance of recycling by promoting the phrases “Love the farm, leave no trace” as well as “Reduce, reuse and recycle”. Even with the introduction of these mottos it is still costing the festival around £780,000 to dispose of all the rubbish that is left at the festival. They have 15,000 bins and have 1,300 recycling crew volunteers as well as Small Steps Project who are a team of volunteers who do their bit to clean the site.

On a more cheerful note Glastonbury has managed to do things to improve and help the festival to become more environmentally sustainable. All of the tea, coffee, sugar and chocolate sold on site are all Fairtrade; they also run a Green Traveller Scheme to encourage travel by public transport, offering prizes and free food vouchers for those who participate. Reducing the Festival’s CO2 emissions is a top priority for the organisers of the festival.

Personal items such as tents and wellington boots are often left behind. Since 2011 Festival Reboot has worked with Glastonbury recycling any wellies that have been left, in their first year they collected 4000. Using the top half of the welly they are able to make and sell bracelets, drinks holders and notepads. From the money raised they then can send the lower section of the welly over to Kenya where they will be used for general footwear. They are also looking into making bean bag chairs filled with the off cuts of wellington boots which will result in nearly 100% recycling achievement. http://www.festivalreboot.co.uk/

If you are attending a festival this year and still haven’t bought a tent yet have a look at Green Tent Company; they are the first company in the world to design and manufacture tents that are solely made of polyester which means they can be recycled. They also offer a ‘Purchase and Collect’ service at festivals as well as a drop off point when you are finished. http://www.thegreententcompany.co.uk/

ReTent is another service which provides an incentive for campers for to repeatedly reuse their tents. The company believe that there is a lack of connection between festival-goers and their tent. To improve this ReTent will spray a stamp onto the tent to recognise that they have been to that festival; the more festivals people go to with the same tent the more stamps they will get. This will hopefully give people the motivation to reuse their tents as it will become memorabilia of their time at the festivals.  http://www.thegreententcompany.co.uk/


Glastonbury has been a huge contributor to the local environment around the farm and charities. Since 2000, 10,000 native trees and hedge plants have been planted near to the site and £1 million has been donated to international and local charities each year. It is the single biggest donor to Greenpeace and also supports its official partners WaterAid and Oxfam.

Next up for us T in the Park 2015!

A Fresh Face: SAUWS Environment welcome new team member Natalie McCall

SAUWS Environment is over the moon to welcome a new member to the team. Natalie McCall has joined the project, sparking fresh momentum and ideas for the exciting year that lies ahead. Building on the success of former team member Melanie Hall, Natalie will take the reins on the cross campus UWS Community Gardens as well as supporting all areas of the project.

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Natalie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team with a work history that stretches to the furthest corners of the earth. This includes working with local tribal communities to develop national park in Laos, eco-travel in Thailand and working with off the grid communities in California.

As well as these accomplishments in far off lands Natalie has carried out some extremely valuable work closer to home. Over the past 5 years Natalie has worked with local communities in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, developing community garden projects with a focus on health, training and fun. This work has offered the chance to work with diverse groups and individuals including Asylum seekers, Woman’s groups, Addiction groups and many more.

With the project entering a new phase at the end of March, Natalie, like the rest of the team is positive about the future. Commenting on what excited her about the post here in the team Natalie said:

‘Universities are centres of learning, so it makes sense that learning around sustainability become imbedded into the life of the Campus. The Sustainability Hub and Community Gardens will be brilliant for sharing resources and skills and growing awareness of how small steps can have a big impact. ‘

Welcoming a new member to the team brings a fresh impetus and brand new ideas moving forward. Over the past 18 months the gardens have grown from an idea and a seed to fully functioning plot, producing vegetables for staff and students. It is from here that Natalie hopes to take the project further with new avenues. Some of the exciting new plans for the future include regular Grow Your Own food courses, the development of a Veg Ledge scheme to support staff and students and the local community to grow at home in window-boxes and back gardens as well as continuing our weekly open garden sessions.

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While Natalie has a main focus on the garden projects she will also have direct input into everything else SAUWS Environment. With the new project approaching, the birth of the Sustainability Hub breathes new life for the SAUWS Free Shop, new bike maintenance workshops and much, much more. 2015/16 looks like it is going to be an exciting time at UWS!!!

For those who are keen to get gardening, from mid-March throughout the summer and autumn, Natalie will run weekly staff drop-in lunchtime gardening sessions across the Hamilton, Paisley and Ayr community gardens.

  1. Hamilton: Tuesday 17th 12-2pm (in front of the Caird building, next to the walkway to the Almada building)
  2. Ayr: Thursday 19th 12-2pm (between the campus building and the SUDS pond)
  3. Paisley: Friday 20th 12-2pm (next to the biology greenhouse at the Denholm building)

All tools, gloves and seeds/plants will be provided. Just bring yourselves. Please join Natalie to experience the deep relaxation and joy that comes from a bit of pottering in the garden.  Natalie also has funding for staff to plant up and take away their very own “veg-ledge” to grow delicious, fresh fruit and veg at home. This will begin Mid-April-details to follow. For a 2 minute browse into the benefits of your involvement check out: http://seedsforchangegardens.org/images/uploads/JUST_THE_FACTS_Benefits_of_Community_Gardens.pdf

For those bitten by the bug, Natalie will also run separate ‘Grow your Own’ courses during the summer break.

Sustainable Fun at Fresher’s 2013


Freshers Fair 2013 was a major success yet again across all campuses at UWS. Here at the Climate Change and Sustainability project we had a blast each day due the amount of students who came along joined in the fun and learned more about what the project has to offer.

At Ayr and Hamilton Campuses close to 30 students tried their hand on the Home Energy Scotland fuel efficient driving simulator. This simulator is a fun way to get to grips with learns how we can drive more fuel efficiently. It does this by letting the participants drive as they normally would in their own vehicle and signalling on the screen instructions on how to improve. Much of this is related to gear changes and letting the car slow down naturally. It also shows that efficiency isn’t always about the number of miles we undertake but the way in which they are driven.

At Paisley campus Peachy Keen joined us, letting just under 100 students take part in the bicycle powered scalectrix race. This challenge required the participants to pedal the bicycle (as hard as possible) which in turn powered the car on the race track. As anyone would imagine competition was fierce but fun.

Out of the 70 competitors there was a fastest time for males and females recorded.

The fastest female was Aimee Russon 4.6 Sec

The fastest gentleman was James Ballantyne 4.2 Sec

A big credit has to go to Ryan SAUWS Sports President be who (after repeated attempts) got his time down from 10.5 seconds to 4.4!!!

Other great successes of the week included our RE-USE scheme involved collecting crockery and kitchen utensils which then were cleaned and distributed to new students taking up residence for the coming term. This is a massive help for students who maybe struggling financially as well as helping the environment by reducing unnecessary waste. We would like to thank all students for their fantastic contributions which have all been given new life in a new home. There are still some bits and pieces left over including cups, plates and silverware. If any students would like to get in touch they are more than welcome to make use of this.

After the success of Freshers we are keen to keep the momentum going and want you all to stay involved in the many fantastic events and opportunities coming up. Make sure to keep up to date through our blog, twitter and facebook pages and feel free to contact us anytime.