Environmental Showcase 2008

Thursday, 25 September 2008

One stop ideas shop on improving environmental performance at work.

Oxford Brookes University will be hosting a one stop ideas shop on how to improve environmental performance in the workplace on Saturday 27 September. The event which will be open to the public will showcase a host of exciting ideas for making improvements that will not only help the environment but save money as well.

Amid a looming energy crisis and mounting climate change evidence, this year's Environmental Information Exchange (EiE) will provide a welcome celebration of the positive work taking place in Oxfordshire and help re-energise those who strive to make a difference.

The event will host a range of demonstrations from the latest efficient fluorescent tubes to ways of reducing paper usage.

'It's like a gallery of inspiration', commented Michael Esvelt, head of EiE. 'We have designed a programme of displays that cover basic environmental concepts as well as some very innovative ideas. Visitors will move from topic to topic to discover ways they might help their workplace improve. They will also be able to learn about EiE's work and the advice we can offer to businesses to help them take action.'

Ranging from multinational businesses to doctor's surgeries, from small charity shops to schools, EiE works with a wide spectrum of organisations. The group provides a raft of environmental solutions including composting, transport planning, low energy lighting and water saving, the fruits of EiE's partnership with a selected group of specialists. Through the Oxfordshire Resource Efficiency Club, a network of manufacturers, services, and large retailers and another EiE initiative, a number of creative solutions have emerged. These include switching to a supplier of fresh foods that will adjust orders the night before shipment to avoid waste.

EiE has worked with a number of schools in Oxfordshire and the project is supported by The Oxfordshire Independent State School Partnership and funded by the Hamilton Trust. Moira Dorey who coordinates EiE's Schools Energy Efficiency Project, commented:

'Some schools have already implemented some excellent examples of efficiency and this is a chance for them to get credit for their hard work. We will be showcasing projects such as a computerized daily adjustment of the school's heating needs and where IT departments at a number of schools have programmed computers to switch off in the evening and update software in the middle of the night.'

EiE is a not-for-profit group based at Oxford Brookes University. The event is open to the public from 12:00-3:00 on Saturday 27 September in the main hall at Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP.

If you would like more information please call 01865 483299 or email eie@brookes.ac.uk