our next meeting is coming up this Thursday and while we know several people will still be away, we really ask you to come if you are about. Please have a look at the agenda items below and see if you can help contribute.
- Thursday, 31 August
- The Diamond, Workroom 3 (room behind card barrier, we will wait for you at the barrier shortly before 5 to get you through)
I wanted to thank Adam, Dan, Yahya and Max for their constant work on our 'Changing systems' guide and the associated editing of interviews and lectures. You have been doing great!
Just to remind all our members, we had a 2-day workshop on 'Changing systems' in May and we are still compiling, reviewing and distilling the material to make it accessible in a 'What works' guide. So thank you again for driving this through the summer holidays guys! I know there is more work...
Finally, here are our agenda items for the meeting
- Welcome - meet new people
- News and ideas to get inspired
- Project presentations and discussions (see below points 1-6)
- Summary of discussions
- Next steps
- Pub time from 7pm - Uni Arms :)
****Project summaries below
1. 'Making meetings more attractive'
We would like to improve the quality and organisation of meetings, to improve engagement and outcome. Our engagement specialist Nick Nuttgens, will give a brief overview, followed by team work aimed to improve future meetings and thereby also improve our ability to act on climate change through our various projects.
2. University sustainability governance
Importantly, I would like to discuss and have your input on the ongoing University governance review and how we can support it. This is very important to the network, and arguably one of the main reason we have been founded. > Creating a visionary, meaningful and functional sustainability structure to decarbonise university operations as we think it isn't just the right thing to do for our planet, but it is what we scientists know has to be done and brings plentiful opportunities to for improve our estate, teaching and research.
3. Recruitment: CNU coordinator positions - opportunity to get involved directly
We just recruited a great group of coordinators for our student society for a September start of term and now seek to replenish our main coordinator team. Several positions, from co-chair, co-secretary, communications and treasury (new) are to be recruited for over the next few month and we are looking for interested candidates. During the meeting we will discuss the roles and plan recruitment.
In particular, I would like to put the word out for a staff member that would like to take on a network co-secretary role. It is not much work, but you would be essential for us to allow to book rooms and access our cost centre. This can not be done by a student, so it is vital to us to have academic staff members to help us out. Currently, two postdoc members and friends around the university have been helping us depending on availability and we really would like to have a dedicated person that is able to help us do this for the next 6 month or so. Please let me know if you would be up for that - The essentials are room bookings raising PO numbers (we have our own cost centre).
4. Organising a community film screening of 'Demain - Tomorrow' at the university directly following the Freshers fair in September.
Several people indicated that they would be interested in watching 'Tomorrow', a positive documentary on local climate change solutions.
- trailer: https://youtu.be/NUN0QxRB7e0
We basically, just need to decide a date and book a room...
5. Updates from our systems change guide working group (Adam)
The systems change guide work is relevant for the university and our network strategy, so we need to push this forward and always want people to get involved.
6. Upcoming events - Freshers Fair (lead: student society), Sustainability forum (lead: Nick), Communications evening with George Marshall in November (lead: Kathryn)
****Project summary end
We hope this sounds a bit interesting and will motivate you to join us on Thursday. Please tell friends and colleagues you think might be interested to come and say hello.
Before I leave you alone, here are just a few things that you can do with us;
>>Opportunities for you to get involved as CNU coordinator, project lead or a project team member - it makes a difference to the planet!
- New exciting possibility for collaborative projects - green houses (I say no more ;),
- video editing training (coming up to support our video student team),
- designing event flyers
- project coordination and management
- network communication
- writing blog posts (as communications coordinator)
- updating our Facebook page (as communications coordinator)
- Freshers Fair stall engagement team (students - be ready for 27 September)
- project researcher
- event communication
- get things done in a team
- project and network administration (to add to your CV)
- organise socials, such as pub and movie evenings (really essential)
We are looking forward to see you.
Carbon Neutral University Network