Throughout the course of the Residences Project we have made improvements to the design of the new buildings. Phase Four accommodation in County & Grizedale is very environmentally aware, from the building materials and construction methods, to the features and fittings in each. Once again, some areas have motion sensored lighting, and the kitchens have segregated wastebins built into them to make recycling easier. 2009 also saw the first energy saving competition between the townhouses, with cash prizes for the most efficient.
Further refurbishments and new builds will be striving to match the 'BREEEAM Excellent' rating that the latest accommodation has achieved for its green credentials.
But we can only build them - our residents can help us to make further green inroads, reducing planetary damage and ultimately reducing utility bills - helping to keep rents down. You can help by routinely doing the following two simple things...
By switching off lights when you are not in your room or kitchen, and by switching off computers when you aren't using them. If it needs to be left on, you can still switch off the monitor. Some of the accommodation blocks on campus now have individual meters, and carbon efficiency competitions are run every term to financially reward the most efficient. Grizedale townhouses, County townhouses and Pendle East accommodation all have this facility, and this scheme.
Recycle as much as you can - it's convenient to do so when you're living on campus. The only waste going into black sacks should be that which can't be recycled.
See the Greenlancaster website for details of all things environmental at Lancaster University.
We appreciate your co-operation.