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Pledges received during Sustainability Week 2009

More than 900 pledges were made during Sustainability Week 2009. You can read a selection of student pledges at the end of the page.

Here are just a few of the pledges from 2009:

Professor Ken Woodhouse, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement
I pledge to turn my computer monitor off when not in use, print my documents double-sided where I can, use electronic meeting notes, and not print documents unless I really have to.

Esther Mellowes, CAIRD
I pledge to buy more produce from local suppliers

Cerys Ponting, BRASS
I pledge to continue to cycle into & from work and to make more effort to cycle any distance less than 4 miles. I will continue to print double sided when it is necessary to print.
I pledge to eat less red meat & I also pledge to reduce the amount of things I buy, and where possible look to Freecycle/ebay or charity shops as a means of reusing goods already out there.

Abyd Quinn Aziz, SOCSI
I will make sure I turn lights off behind me!

Liz Thomas, BRASS
I pledge to print less documents, ensure lights are switched off in the office when not needed and to continue walking to and from work.

Sarah Woods, GOVRN
I pledge to not print documents unless I really have to

Anonymous
I will try my best to buy local organic products when it's possible.

Alastair Smith, CPLAN / BRASS
I pledge to not print documents unless I really have to, to take the stairs rather than the lift, and to boil only as much water as I need

Jason Dunlop, SUON
I pledge to turn off all lights in my office when not in use

Adrian Morley, BRASS
I'll make sure my monitor is switched off every night, I'll switch off my wifi at home when I'm not using it, I'll encourage my family and friends to be more sustainable, and I'll kill more slugs so my veggies will grow better. 

Julie Newton, BRASS
I will think more carefully about what I print out at work; buy more seasonal food and avoid supermarkets as much as possible; volunteer at local community group.

Amy Costello, JOMEC
I will use public transport, recycle, and eat less meat       

Eleanor, SOCSI 
I pledge to make sure my children grow up thinking about issues of sustainability, install energy-saving light bulbs at home, wash laundry at 30°C rather than 40°C, boil only as much water as I need, fit a water-saving device in my toilet, compost or separate and recycle my waste wherever I can, use a mug rather than disposable cups, press for better recycling facilities where they are lacking, and cut down the amount of meat in my diet

Emma Dean, CPLAN / BRASS
 My pledge would be to talk to my landlord and check that I can turf a small patch of the garden to start growing my own vegetables.  Been an aim for a while but making a pledge makes me more determined to do it!

Evelyn Nava-Fischer, BRASS
I´ll print double-sided AND two pages per side (it´s in the options menu). I´ll turn the heat and lights off if I´m not in the office. I won´t let the ducks and birds be fed with biscuits and sugars that don´t belong to their diet. I won´t get upset if I see other people don´t do the same (it´s a simple habit). That can be sometimes the difficult part  and a positive smile should be part of the sustainability pledges 

Vivien Jones, INSRV
Already I do some of the things suggested in the "Need some inspiration" list but I ticked a few more that I have been planning to do or feel I ought to do.
Find out who my Eco Champion is at University and get involved, install loft and wall insulation, press for better recycling facilities where they are lacking, walk or cycle more, cut down the amount of meat in my diet, and grow my own vegetables.

Karen O'Shea, CAIRD
I pledge to teach my baby about only using what you need and thinking about not being wasteful.  Meanwhile I will think twice when food shopping to ensure I don't buy 2-for-1 offers if I feel that the perishable item will only end up in the bin or compost heap.  Also, I'll grow tasty tomatoes on my patio again this year, and if I can get my water butt fitted to the drainpipe by some skilled handyperson, I'll use rain rather than mains water to quench their insatiable thirst. 

Rachel, SOCSI
I will start bringing in a mug from home to have coffee in at uni so I'll stop getting through so many disposable cups!

Kate Docker
I pledge to turn my computer monitor off when not in use and to take the stairs rather than the lift.

Jane Henderson, HISAR
I pledge to use less packaging materials in our lab and to use a mug rather than disposable cups

Professor Peter Blood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
I pledge to walk between the School of Physics and the Main Building.

Greg Ead, HRSHE
At work I pledge that if I am last in the office I will turn off all the lights as it does not bother me to have them on.

Sarah Jenkinson, ARCHI
I will use a cotton bag instead of plastic for all supermarket and department store transactions, avoiding extra packaging.. (and will buy less stuff!)

Chris Dickson, INSRV
I pledge to reduce my food miles by choosing locally sourced goods. When buying products from farther afield, I'll choose Fairtrade.

Anonymous:
To make even more of an effort to ensure I turn my computer off and not just log-out as sometimes I forget.

Anonymous:
I will not print so many documents and will try to read them on the screen instead.

Jayne Dowden, HRSHE
I WILL remember to switch my printer off at the end of the day.  And to print as little as possible. 

Ceri Thomas, PGMDE
Take the lift to no further than the 5th floor and walk up to 9th. Always walk down the stairs

Annie Mitchell, SRWEB
I've asked Santa to replace the worms in my wormery this Christmas - it's time to confess - I killed them last summer and then lost interest. Cardiff City Council has recently distributed white bags for food waste - so I'm back on the case - wormery and all.
Thanks for the reminder Sustainability Week. Xx

Anonymous:
I pledge to make sure the lights are turned off when they're not in use!

Anonymous:
I pledge to use the stairs not the lift - you get fitter too!

Alison Charles, INSRV
I pledge to cut down on printing and read as much as possible on screen

Martyn Harrow, INSRV
I will continue to take a personal lead in promoting and supporting sustainability within INSRV.  This is backed by a wide range of individual projects and initiatives - big and small - from INSRV and ARCCA staff. In addition, I’m going to ensure that the lights in my office are switched off whenever I’m out on business elsewhere in the University and beyond.  We estimate that this adds up to at least 8 full days per month, around 2300 hours per year. The electricity to light the office is 250W so this is around 570kWhr per year.  I'm informed that annually this will save around £60 and over a quarter of a tonne of carbon dioxide.  If this was scaled up to all staff with individual offices across the institution, it would make a significant contribution to reducing the University’s energy costs and carbon footprint.

Sally O'Connor, RACDV
I pledge to do the following: Turn off lights and appliances when I'm not using them, unplug appliances that I don't often use, to only print when really necessary, 
to buy items with minimal packaging, to do more in my role as eco-champion, provide and encourage recycling at the events and meetings I plan, to source and 
eat more sustainably sourced fish, and think twice about making a purchase - "do I really need more stuff?"

Claire Harvey, RACDV
I pledge to always turn off my monitor at the end of the day.

The LEAN Team pledges to reduce its paper usage for Sustainability Week by half.

Patrick Cosh, CAIRD
I’ll think before I print!

Brian Richardson, SRWEB
I pledge to continue to campaign for cycle facilities.

Gareth Evans, RACDV
I pledge to always print documents double-sided.

Will Gale, PLANN
Read information on screen and print out less.

Louise Casella, STRAT
I pledge to switch off the lights in my office every time I leave and use only enough lighting for what I am doing.

Stuart Hill, CAIRD
More printing double-sides in the International Office.

DEVAR
Staff in DEVAR pledge to switch turn photocopiers and printers off when not in use.

Jadine Wringe, PLANN
I pledge to print on both sides of paper.

Rosie Padley, RACDV
I pledge to turn off my monitor each night and the actively encourage RACDV staff to do the same.

Rhys Thomas, PLANN
I pledge to turn off my TV and not leave it on standby

Lowri Jones, CAIRD
I pledge to switch off my monitor every night.

DEVAR
Staff in DEVAR pledge to turn computer screens off at night.

Lucy Skellon, STRAT
I pledge to switch off my computer before I leave work, and when at home, switch off everything at the pug at the end of each day.

Amy Stackhouse, DEVAR
I pledge to read on screen rather than print documents out.

Neil Coces, Student Enterprise, RACDV
I pledge to turn off my monitor at the end of each day.

Hannah Drake and Shan Dawson, DEVAR
We pledge to use the stairs rather than the lift.

Jen Meredith, PLANN
I pledge to print double-sided.

Hannah Drake, DEVAR
I pledge to reuse envelopes rather than throwing them in the bin after one use.

Mary Tang, PLANN
I pledge to use junk faxes as scrap paper.

Rhiannon Hurst, RACDV
I pledge to print less e-mail correspondence.

Sue Hybart, PLANN
I pledge to only print long documents double-sided and those I need to read and keep.

Emma Darling, CAIRD
I pledge to remember to carry a canvas bag.

Nick Bodycombe, PLANN
I pledge to encourage more of my colleagues and friends to take the train rather than drive.

Rachael Beer, HRSHE
Energy 1: Turn lights and computers off at the end of each day rather than leave them on standby
Energy 2: Turn my computer monitor off when not in use
Energy 3: Print my documents double-sided where I can
Energy 4: Use electronic meeting notes
Energy 5: Not print documents unless I really have to
Energy 6: Take the stairs rather than the lift
Energy 8: Wear an extra jumper rather than use portable heaters during the winter
Energy 9: Cut down (or even turn off) air conditioning where I can
Energy 10: Install energy-saving light bulbs at home
Energy 13: Turn my thermostat down
Energy 16: If I am too warm, turn the heating down rather than opening a window
Water 1: Boil only as much water as I need
Water 4: Try not to run the tap the whole time when I clean my teeth
Waste 1: Compost or separate and recycle my waste wherever I can
Waste 2: Buy products with the least amount of packaging
Waste 3: Buy products made from recycled materials
Waste 4: Take or use my own bags when shopping (and keep my bag in my handbag or bookbag ready for action)
Waste 5: Use the recycling bins in my office
Waste 6: Use a mug rather than disposable cups
Transport 1: Use public transport, or walk between campuses rather than taking taxis or using the car
Transport 2: Walk to my local shop if I can
Transport 5: Share lifts with friends, neighbours or colleagues
Transport 8: Walk or cycle more
Transport 9: Use public transport instead of private transport whenever I can
Food and Drink 1: Buy more seasonal produce
Food and Drink 2: Think about the total impact of food consumption, not just food miles.
Food and Drink 3: Cut down the amount of meat in my diet

 

Selection of student pledges

Ed Carey, Students' Union President
I pledge to make all the sabbatical officers shut down their laptops each night

Ben Clark, ARCHI
I pledge to design sustainable buildings in the future!

Alex Morris, CARBS
I pledge to install loft insulation

Kirsty Speight, MATHS
I pledge to walk more and take stairs instead of the lift

Beth Peach-Robinson, MUSIC
I pledge to boil only as much water as I need  and to buy more Fairtrade & certified goods

Jonathan Green, ARCHI
I pledge to look at local holidays instead of flying abroad

James Thomas, EARTH
I pledge to compost or separate & recycle my waste wherever possible, buy more local produce from local suppliers, and volunteer at a community project

Galina Spasova, CARBS
I pledge to choose energy 'A' rated white goods

Karrie-Anne Power, SOCSI
I pledge to wear an extra jumper rather than use portable heaters and to cut down on air conditioning

Rupali Shah, MEDIC
I pledge to turn my thermostat down and take stairs rather than use the lift

Hannah McCoy, BIOSI
I pledge to buy products with less packaging

Eleanor Barrow, CLAWS
I pledge to make sure my children grow up thinking about issues of sustainability

Hannah Morgan, EARTH
I pledge to walk and cycle more

Charles Thomas-Davies, CPLAN
I pledge to use a bucket and sponge to wash my car, instead of a hosepipe, and to buy more seasonal produce

Jessica Brown, SOCSI
I pledge to take more showers instead of baths

Gareth Day, HISAR
I pledge to boil only as much water as I need

Mo Osman, EUROS
I pledge to use both sides of the paper when printing or taking notes

Thomas Stanley, CHEMY
I pledge to compost more and buy more local food

Sion Ifan, WELSH
I pledge to turn the heating down rather than opening a window if I am too warm

Charles Mamet, OPTOM
I pledge to take the stairs rather than the lift and turn my thermostat down

Etienne Poulard, ENCAP
I pledge to take the stairs rather than the lift

Rosie Foster, CARBS
I pledge to take the stairs instead of the lift

Jason Millar, PSYCH
I pledge to buy more Fairtrade products

Laura Eccles, BIOSI
I pledge to turn my laptop off when not in use and to take the stairs rather than the lift

Sunny Patel, PHRMY
I pledge to not print off documents unless I really need to

Aled Griffiths, DENTL
I pledge to print double-sided ALWAYS!

Emma Powell, CPLAN
I pledge to develop an informed opinion on the energy debate

David Murton, WELSH
I pledge to try to recycle as much paper as possible

Omar Shamaylen, ENGIN
I pledge to walk instead of using a car

Laura Foster, ENCAP
I pledge to take my own bags to the supermarket rather than using disposable ones

Catherine Smith, RELIG
I pledge to recycle, save energy, and try not to waste too much water

Christine Harrison, HISAR
I pledge to use a mug with the vending machine rather than disposable cups

Jon Mackrell, EUROS
I pledge to buy products with the least amount of packaging

Lucy Loretto, EUROS
I pledge to use my own bags when shopping and to keep bags in my handbag ready for action

Ffion Thomas, CLAWS
I pledge to separate and recycle my waste whenever I can

Robynne Davies, MATHS
I pledge to walk more and wear an extra jumper instead of using portable heaters

Liam Davies, CLAWS
I pledge to recycle more and to turn my computer off when not in use

Simon Bourqui, CARBS
I pledge to print my documents double sided, take the stairs rather than the lift, and buy more produce from local suppliers

Elizabeth Button, SOCSI
I pledge to be more efficient with my use of energy and will turn lights and sockets off when I'm not using them

Jack Richardson, EUROS
I pledge to not drive to lectures

Helen Sandeman, HISAR
I pledge to wear an extra jumper rather than using portable heating devices

Sirah Ratiq, PHRMY
I pledge to walk more often and recycle more

Thomas Davies, HISAR
I pledge to live more sustainably in terms of energy-saving, causes of pollution to the environment, and awareness of products I buy and consume

Robert Songhurst, ARCHI
I pledge to switch my laptop off when not in use and pay more attention to food miles when choosing food products

Lucy Provenzano, BIOSI
I pledge to turn off the lights when I leave a room

Katie Williams, PHRMY
I pledge to try not to run the tap the whole time I'm brushing my teeth

Paul Smith, CHEMY
I pledge to turn off my laptop when not using it, minimise use of tumbledrier, use less central heating, and buy more Fairtrade food

Chris Cooke, CHEMY
I pledge to turn lights and computers off when not in use

Aoife Owens, MEDIC
I pledge to buy more Fairtrade products, turn off my lights and recycle more

Caitlin Gallagher, CLAWS
I pledge to buy more Fairtrade and certified goods

Peter Coates, CARBS
I pledge to wash my laundry at 30°C rather than 40°C

Hannah Browne, MEDIC
I pledge to use public transport and cycle / walk between campuses