If you have single-use face masks lying around then please feel free to drop them into the recycling bin in the Exchange foyer, Penryn Campus, or the Fox Café, Falmouth Campus. From here they will be combined with other ‘hard to recycle’ plastic items and sent to ReFactory, a company which will turn them into ‘stormboards’ that are then used for shopfitting, children’s furniture and new recycling bins.
Twelve new electric vehicle (EV) charging points are going to be installed at Penryn Campus.
The points, which will be in Car Park A, are in response to a growing demand as more people choose to buy electric vehicles meaning the two chargers currently installed don’t provide sufficient charging capacity.
They will be run by supplier Pod Point, a company which offers an app to make use and payment easier.
David Lawrence, Falmouth Exeter Plus Energy Manager, said: “This project will help to make our campuses more sustainable while also offering greater choice to users. While we try to encourage walking, cycling, or using public transport, we recognise that this is not always practical in Cornwall. These EV points will therefore support owners of more sustainable vehicles.”
The charging points will be installed in April and should be ready for use by the end of that month.
Further information on how to use the new electric vehicles charging points and location will be provided ready for use after upon completion of the installation.
Oliver Milliner is Head of Sustainability for Falmouth Exeter Plus (FX Plus), the organisation that looks after services shared between Falmouth University and the University of Exeter at Falmouth and Penryn campuses.
He said: “We’re really pleased to have achieved this silver award and will be aiming for gold next year. Big thanks to all the teams who work together to keep our beautiful grounds full of biodiversity and, of course, hedgehog friendly. I’d also like to thank our Sustainability Intern Amber Brett who put this silver bid together.
“Staff and students have an opportunity to play an active role in what we do in the future so if any of you want to help us get to gold please contact me at email@example.com”
To earn the silver award, the FX Plus Sustainability and Grounds teams worked together to complete a series of tasks that help to protect and support hedgehog life on campus. These included:
Involving the Students’ Union in hedgehog friendly activities.
Start working towards pesticide free grounds management.
Organising campus litter picks.
Increasing the number of hedgehog friendly plants and trees.
Creating log piles which are a good hibernation habitat for hedgehogs.
To achieve Gold, FX Plus will need to focus on actions that leave a long-lasting legacy for hedgehogs on campus, such as:
Meeting the pesticide reduction targets set at silver.
Installation of a hedgehog crossing sign.
Setting up hedgehog feeding stations.
Establishing a hedgehog society which can run surveys and workshops.
Running hedgehog surveys in the local community.
Some facts about hedgehogs:
Since 2020, hedgehogs are listed as ‘Vulnerable to Extinction’ on Britain’s Red List.
They have declined by 50% in rural areas & 30% in urban areas since the year 2000.
Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and shouldn’t eat bread – meaty pet food and fresh water is best if you want to feed wild hedgehogs.
Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets.
Strimmers and mowers can harm hedgehogs.
Hedgehogs hibernate in winter, from around November to March/April.
If you are worried about a hedgehog, contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801.
Falmouth Exeter Plus is supporting a change of career direction for Estates team member Charlotte Putnam.
Charlotte, who has been working for Falmouth Exeter Plus since 2018, said the whole move was inspired by working on her grandmother’s home.
She explained: “My grandmother left her property to us and it needed quite a lot of renovation so I did a weekend course in plumbing. I had always wanted to do something like this and the course made me even more keen.”
Charlotte, who had been working with the Estates Helpdesk team, knew she would need a lot more training to realise her aims. She requested and is now a Junior Engineer on the Plant team and recently started a four-year Mechatronics course studying for an Engineering Technician Diploma.
“FX Plus has provided me with the opportunity to do this,” she added. “The fact they are really keen on training their own people makes you feel valued.”
Chris Piper, Head of Estates Operations and Charlotte’s manager, said: “When Charlotte approached me this seemed to be an ideal opportunity to support her in her chosen career path and for Falmouth Exeter Plus to benefit from her skills and enthusiasm. This training package also supports the national drive by WISE.”
WISE aims to support more women to be successful in the UK’s scientific, technology and engineering (STEM) workforce.
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