College Helps The University Of Sunderland With Carbon Offsetting

Over 70 staff from The University of Sunderland each planted a tree at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, as part of their carbon offsetting and reduction drive.

The Student Recruitment and Business Partnerships which is made up of the following departments; Business Development, Management Information, Student Recruitment, International Operations, Educational Partnerships, Admissions, Student Gateway and Student Records had calculated they had used 50 trees worth of paper last year so wanted to offset that impact on the environment.

Sue Reece, Director of Student Recruitment and Business Partnerships, said: “As part of our service pledge we have looked at ways that we could make a difference to our impact on the environment. The initiatives resulting from this ranged from the team producing a number of short stories for children, board games on carbon reduction and the move towards a low energy paper light service.”

Chris Sheehan, Lecturer and Programme Leader for Higher Education in Arboriculture at East Durham College provided a range of native trees including Willow, Oak, Spindle, Hawthorn, Crab Apple, Wild Cherry, Guelder Rose and Ash for the staff to plant. A number of his second year students on the HNC and HND in Arboriculture (Urban Woodland Management), delivered in partnership with the University, helped the staff with the planting.

Chris commented: “Planting trees is one of the easiest ways to offset your carbon footprint and become carbon neutral. Plus the trees not only help absorb carbon dioxide they also provide habitat for local wildlife.

“We are delighted to get involved with this initiative and the project has help to create a new woodland area, we are calling Low Carbon Wood and added extra planting to Great High Wood”.

The University of Sunderland is key partner in the Low Carbon City campaign spearheaded by Sunderland Partnership. The campaign aims to reduce the amount of harmful emissions that large organisations generate. The organisations involved have all committed to cutting their carbon by 10 per cent.