When Gail Lewis, Esther Ratcliff and Erica Stephenson formed a committee
during Freshers Week October 06, the three enterprising women took on the
enormous task of changing the way today's students think.
After seeing U.S. Universities' energy saving initiatives, Gail (4th year
American Studies), Esther 4th year (English and Spanish) and Erica (Drama
graduate, now vice-president of the Media and Communications Department at
the Student Union) took it upon themselves to encourage the reduction of
energy usage and carbon emissions from the at The Lawns Halls of Residence in Cottingham.
The committee (comprising eight members) with the guidance and support
from the newly appointed Energy Manager, Ian Gibbs, took the U.S. idea and
launched The Lawns Environmental Challenge.
The aim was to provide students with the information, knowledge and support
to reduce carbon emissions, across each of the residential halls.
The group held awareness raising nights and demonstrations to show the
students exactly how much energy can be saved by following a few simple guidelines.
There was an all important competitive element to the challenge that
pitted hall against hall, with charts and online results as to how they
were all progressing. Through the competition the students learned much
more about where the electricity, gas and water came from, they also
learned more about recycling waste.
Recently there have been claims from the government that living greener
could reduce the affects of climate change.
However, because the belief that carbon emissions affect climate change is not
accepted by everyone and being aware of the stigma attached to ecological
do-gooders, this approach was set up not to simply preach the Green ideology
but to instil in the students useful practice, which when they move off
campus into student accommodation (and responsible for their own bills)
will save them real money. So the challenge had appeal on many different
levels for the students.
Every way that energy can be saved has been incorporated into Halls living.
The committee held a showing of Inconvenient Truth the Al Gore funded,
award-winning Ecology documentary and researched all kinds of interesting
facts and figures that the students could relate to.
In one particularly effective demonstration the committee members showed the
students, by use of a large exercise ball, the amount of CO2 produced when
leaving an electric bar fire on for twenty minutes.
By raising the competitive spirit between the halls, presenting information
in fun, dynamic and interesting ways that related directly to student life,
the committee began to change the students' attitudes to energy consumption.
News, Environment - No GM Spuds This Year! By Hedon Against GM
Hedon Against GM are celebrating a massive victory after hearing the news that
the plan to trial Genetically Modified potatoes has been scrapped for this year.
Although Defra has given approval for the site to be used for the next 5 years,
it is hard to see how the situation could change to allow the planting to go ahead.
There is massive local opposition from the public,
News, Funding - Community Assets Fund Consultation
The Office for the Third Sector has launched a consultation about the new
Community Assets Fund.
This new £30 million programme announced in the Local Government
White Paper Strong and Prosperous Communities offers grants to refurbish
unused local authority buildings and transfer ownership to Third Sector Organisations.
The fund is to be managed by
News, Community - New Common Treasury Opening Times
As many of you will be aware, we operate a Common Treasury service
where groups can borrow a large range of equipment from Volcom for free.
Due to a smaller staff team here at Volcom, we are now changing the
opening hours of the Common Treasury for collecting and dropping off hire equipment.
From this week, the Common Treasury will
News, Funding - Hull Youth Opportunity And Capital Funds - Closing Date: Friday 1st June 07
Bids for grants from the Hull Youth Opportunity and Capital Funds can now be made for the period 1st July to 14th October 2007.
Applications must be made with young people (aged 13-19yrs, to 24 additional needs). The maximum funding for the YOF is £2,500 and for the YCF is £5,000.
There are some changes to last year's guidance and there is a stronger emphasis
News, Community - Stall Holders Wanted For The Freedom Festival At The Village Centre, Preston Road Hull
The Freedom Festival will be a week long event of music, dance
and much more taking place this summer at the Village Centre on Preston Road.
It will run from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th August 2007.
The grand finale will take place on Saturday 25th August,
and the organisers are looking for voluntary and community groups
who would like
News, - Hull Writer Joe Hakim Wins Poetry Contest in London
Poetry Idol is a twice yearly event organised by Shortfuse, one of
London's premier comedy/poetry/spoken-word nights, held at The Camden Head in Islington.
Hosted by comedian and poet Nathan Penlington, previous winners include
Rhian Edwards and Scroobius Pip.
Taking part in Poetry Idol 10Read more...
News, Community - Northern Hull Community Wardens Walk To Health Group
Northern Hull Community Wardens are currently organising a walking group which takes
place every Friday from 10.00 am - 11.30am from New Hall Surgery off Hall
Road/Oak field court. This is a great way to meet new people and get some
exercise at the same time.
For more information contact:
Northern Hull Community WardensRead more...
News, - The Revolution Wants You!
After a successful season with the Bohemian Revolution we here at
RTCE Productions are letting the event rest for the summer.
Instead we are aiming to try a new experiment.
We want to take the format of the Bohemian Revolution and take it
on the road, staging a metaphoric and literal REVOLT on the entertainment industry.
News, Courses - Classes At Hull Afro-Caribbean Centre
The Hull Afro-Caribbean Centre on Park Street hosts a range
of different courses and classes throughout the week for people of all cultures.
English and Maths - 8.30-11am,
ESOL - 1-4pm,
English - 4pm,
English and Maths - 8.30-11am,
English - 4-7pm,
Samba School - 7-9pm,
Numeracy - 10am, Read more...
News - Vote For Hull On New Monopoly Board
Monopoly are bringing out a UK towns and cities version, and are
taking votes as to which places to include. Hull is lagging behind
some places, even some such as St Albans. So go to this link to
vote for our great city and put Hull on the Monopoly map!:
You can vote every day if you wish - voting ends on 25th May 07.
Read more News...
News, Media - Help To Save Hull Screen
A group of us in Hull are hoping to found Friends Of Hull Screen in order to present an identifiable body of support for this important film centre.
It is evident that the recent change of location, following a closure of some months,
has had a deleterious effect on attendance and revenue.
It is also on the cards that the Council will take this opportunity to
close down Hull ScreenRead more...
News, - Nokia Handset Repair Centre Opens in Hessle
Until recently, anyone who wanted a Nokia phone repaired by a certified
technical lab had to travel to Grimsby, York or Middlesbrough to get the work done.
But with the opening of the Club Nokia Service Point by Kingston Mobile Telecom
on Fleet Business Park in Hessle, that's all changed.
ridmore, managing director, said: "This is
News, Charity - It's Never Dull in 'Ull - Fun Day at Hull University
By Drew Brammer
On the 28th April Caudwell Children was in Hull hosting an inclusive fun day at The University of Hull's sport centre, with about 100 children (and quite a few adults) having a fantastic time.
This was a community event to show families them that being active need not be a chore - and that small changes can make a big difference.
News, Media - Friday 27th April 07 - Protesters Rally To Save Hull Screen By Jane Foster
Around 50 - 60 protesters turned up at Hull Screen last Friday to protest against the proposals to reduce the screenings to a 3 day week. Many suspect these proposals are the start of plans to close down Hull Screen altogether.
Already it has been moved to the University of Lincoln's George Street campus which is far
from ideal, and which I understand has not
News, Petitions - Sign The Petition Against Short Measures Of Draft Beer By Andrew Cormie
I'm concerned about short measure of draft beer in pubs and restaurants.
I have started a petition at
CAMRA has another at
If a pint to brim glass of 82 mm top internal diameter has 5 mm of froth between the beer
surface and the top of the glass, the froth is 4.64% of the pint.
News, Environment - Saturday 21st April 07 - Protestors Over-Plant GM Trial Site with Organic Potatoes Photographs by Yvonne Kinghorn and Annie Kingsworth
Last Saturday, 21st April, over 150 people took direct action against GM crops
by planting potatoes in a field near Hull. The field is due to be the trial
site for GM potatoes.
Thousands of potatoes were buried in order to prevent the contamination
of the British countryside by genetically modified crops.
It is hoped that the donation of safe spuds will
News, Charity - Martin Hall Hiking To Help By Michelle Dee
Nineteen year old Martin Hall from Hull is to climb Mt Snowdon this June to raise money for
The very active Martin (ex Kelvin Hall and Wyke College student) is now studying English and Film Studies
at Hull University and in his spare time likes to get out in the country and walk for miles.
Martin has set himself the challenge of climbing
News, Funding - Renewable Energy Grants
Registered charities and the public sector are being invited to apply for government grants of up to £1m to install renewable energy technology.
Under phase 2 of the Department of Trade and Industry's low carbon building programme, organisations can use the funds to install solar cells and wind turbines.
For more information, please visit