22nd March 2016

Going for Gold

As the deadline for the Green Impact submission approaches, the teams have been busy hosting  events from cake sales to cycle rides - here's some of their highlights!

Queen’s Park (LIS, Bridge House and Centre for Work Related Studies) invited staff from across the Campus to spend their lunch break together to raise awareness of the range of Fairtrade choices available, as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. The message was 'Sit Down for Lunch - Stand up for Farmers all over the World'. Helen, from Queen’s Park library said “We were invited to bring a Fairtrade item along, which included Michelle’s homemade Maltesers fridge cake, fruit juice, tea, bananas, chocolate and lots of recipe suggestions. We all went back to our desks feeling a little more informed about Fairtrade, glad to have spent a lunchtime away from our desks, talking with colleagues from different teams, and most importantly that we want Michelle to make Maltesers cake for us all on a regular basis!” 

The Chester LIS team held a Fairtrade Cake Sale in the library’s refreshment area and raised £173.50 for the Fairtrade Foundation. The team would like to send a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported their cake sale. 

The Geography team took to their bikes and went for a 7.5 mile cycle ride, the aim was to share with colleagues, traffic free cycle routes in Chester.  “After this ride I’m really motivated to get out on my bike more often! Especially in weather like this!” Dr Andrew Miles. There was interest in a weekend ride for those unable to join in last week. Anthony is working on organising a similar event. If you’re interested in getting involved please email Anthony at a.cliffe@chester.ac.uk  

Student Support and Guidance got walking in the SSG Pedometer Challenge last month. In total they took 1,685,778 steps; the equivalent of walking from Kingsway to Riverside 416 times!  Hopefully it’s helped motivate people to walk, rather than take the car/bus. All Sections took part with the top three sections:  

  1. Proctor’s ‘Penguins’ 344,392 steps
  2. Disability Team ‘Stompers’ 294,224 steps
  3. Directorate ‘Dawdlers’ 272,184 steps

And Finally, The Fast and the Futurists (Estates & Facilities) hosted a game of the Great Carbon Footprint. Teams from Facilities competed for Easter eggs, while finding out how bad bananas really are, or are they? It was a close competition, and came down to a tiebreaker question, which was won by the Admin team! Emma, from the winning team said “playing the game, really made us think about all the different processes involved that you might not normally give so much thought to”