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Aston supports Birmingham’s Climate Change Festival

3 June 2008 – for immediate release

Aston University is delighted to be supporting Birmingham’s Climate Change Festival. To find out more about the events at the Festival visit www.climatechangefestival.org.uk.

Professor Julia King, Aston’s Vice-Chancellor, will be the keynote speaker at a major Climate Change Festival/ Science City Event at the Birmingham Rep Theatre on Wednesday, 4th June and a host of events are taking place at the University throughout the Festival.

Events on Campus include an exhibition of Lord Drayson’s British GT Sports Car Racing Team’s Aston Martin, which has pioneered the use of green technology in motorsports, and an appearance by Zytek’s electric smart car.

On World Environment Day, Thursday 5th June, Estates and Facilities at Aston will hold an informal event for all University staff between 11am-2pm in the University’s Main Building. It will be a great opportunity for staff to find out more about the exciting new green developments taking place on campus, take away green goodies, enjoy a free light lunch and Fairtrade refreshments.

Lynette Jones, who is Aston’s Environment and Sustainability Manager, explained that Aston’s World Environment Day’s activities will be a perfect opportunity for staff to find out more about how Aston is becoming a ‘greener’ campus.

‘We’re trying to convince staff that we really mean what we say with our new environmental policy, that it’s much more than words on a page,’ she said. ‘We want to make the point though that although the University can improve its infrastructure to help the environment we also need help from staff and students to help us to achieve our goals. So we are asking staff to make a pledge online to change their behaviour in a way that will have a positive impact on the environment. Anyone who makes a pledge will receive a free low energy light bulb.

‘Really simple and easy to achieve actions can make a real difference. People might pledge to switch off lights when they are not in a room, or try using public transport to get to work and leave their cars at home. If they can’t come to the event on World Environment Day they can also fill in a pledge online after the event.

‘We will then analyse the results of the pledges with colleagues in the Psychology department at Aston to find out if making a pledge actually impacted on people’s behaviour. We will hold focus groups in a few weeks time and ask people how they are getting on with their pledges.’

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For further press information please contact Sally Finn on 0121 204 4552.

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