This evening, I attended an event organised by Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team (GUEST), a group of students working to try and improve sustainability at Glasgow University. They held an environmental summit during Climate Week, to discuss Glasgow University’s current environmental practice, and look at ways it can move forward in future.
It was a very informative evening with updates on the University's energy efficiency programme and carbon management plan. As a panel member, I was able to share my experience from supporting the Council's energy efficiency and carbon management activities.
I gained an insight in to the immediate environmental concerns that students have, including safety issues for cyclists, recycling services, sale of plastic water bottles, and ineffective heating systems in some University buildings.
Cycle rack next to the University's Library.
It is evident that many students want to cycle but are nervous about going on the road, and motorists are fearful of cyclists due to the risks of accidents. I am hoping that improved communicaton between the University's cyclists and the Council's road safety staff could lead to a reduced level of fear. Further funding to support cycling infrastructure is highlighed by cyclists as key to success.
Cycling Embassy Tour in Glasgow - http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/node/2334