Time to pick up the bits from 2017 and start a marvelous 2018. Let's get our Sheffield Uni on track to stop climate change!
the CNU coordinator team wish you a Happy New Year 2018 and hope you all had a fabulous start so far.
I apologise for not taking up the communication earlier, but as you can imagine there are many things to do when the year starts and our network coordinator team still lacks replacements for a few vital roles (i.e. secretary/ communicator) to keep things on track.
It does take a bit of time each month, but if you would like to join our CNU network coordinator team, please get in touch with me. Do email me on C.Unger@sheffield.ac.uk if you are interested and please include a few details about why and who you are.
I am also really interested to talk to anyone who has ideas or questions about what we do and how you can help. I love coffee and am happy to meet with any of you for a coffee for a chat. :-) Please say hello!
We are a volunteering network and we want to work on individual ideas that we are passionate about. We can enable you to do that, though you probably understand, the management, administration and funding of running the network is really important. Indeed, as a coordinator, it is fun, to see progress, meet so many people and watch projects flower and deliver even more than we thought.
Now, before I go on too much (which I am well known for), here are a few important updates for you:
1) Our first general CNU meeting this year:
Date: 1 February 2018
Venue: I still need somebody to book a room. Look out for the venue update on our events page.
- Welcome & Introductions for 2018,
- updates from the university and our working groups
- Starting the discussion for our 2018 priority areas and funding
- ideas and next steps
2) Ongoing projects and groups
a) our Student Society is preparing for the refreshers fair in February and has a number of fabulous projects, including the development of a new CNU T-Shirt design - they are also very busy with exam preparations, so are very busy
Note: They have their own student specific projects, but are fully integrated in our general network, so students, staff and external members can benefit from all the CNU community.
b) our ‘What works’ guide writing group, who are in the final editing stages to compile the learning outcomes from our systems change workshop last year entitled ‘Changing Systems: No just lightbulbs’
Note: The video resources from this event are already available on our website (Link: https://www.carbonneutraluniversity.org/system-change-guide.html), but the discussions and writing has taken a number of us until now. Especially Adam, our project lead, has been putting an enormous effort into putting this together as a team. Thank you Adam!!
c) A climate change communication group has formed under the lead of Nick Nuttgens. communication has been and always will be a vital component for our network, and thanks to our member Kathryn, we took the opportunity to invite well know climate change communicator George Marshall to tell us more about this vital aspects in our George Marshall event on 21 November. Our video team, Yahya and Max, have recorded this 2h workshop and people are still working this up to go online. Interviews with George Marshall, Nick Nuttgens and the event organiser Kathy Aston are already online in a fabulous blog post by Alistair Dempster: https://www.carbonneutraluniversity.org/cnu-news/sounzboutright-blog-george-marshall-communications-workshop
The next meeting of the climate change communications group is booked for the 29th of January. Please get in touch with Nick, if you want to get involved with role plays, pub interviews and more to better communicate climate change.
d) we are also setting up a press group to enable great communication with the SU Forge Press team, that helps communicate sustainability issues and projects through this vital students’ newspaper.
To join any of these groups, please just email me and/or our general email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a general introduction and questions please just join us at our next general meeting on 1 February.
I hope to see you soon at our meetings and events.
Until then, please stay tuned and use the resources put together on our website, Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube channel.
All the best to you,
Carbon Neutral University Network