EAUC Annual Conference 2011 carbon donation

The 15th Annual Conference in April 2011 was held at the University of York. The Conference was so successful in maintaining the highest standards of sustainability that the EAUC are returning once more to host our 2012 Annual Conference! A donation was made to Tom Fleming at the University of York, to offset all carbon emissions made during and in the lead-up to the conference.

Here he outlines what they have pursued with the donation.

"In April 2011 the University of York had the great pleasure of acting as host to the 15th EAUC Annual Conference.

Those who attended the conference will hopefully agree we are blessed with a campus which provides a lovely environment in which to study and work. I’m sure many delegates took the opportunity to enjoy the grounds and wildfowl while not engaged in informed debate and discussion at the conference or in the break-out sessions.

The Heslington West Campus used by conference delegates is set around the lake and is populated with well established shrubbery, a wide range of mature specimen trees and even our own giant topiary garden in front of Heslington Hall."

When we were notified that EAUC traditionally make a donation to the host venue for carbon offsetting (a massive Thank You for that) our thoughts turned to how we might best use this in keeping with the sustainability ethos of EAUC and our institution. After some thought we agreed on a semi-mature oak-leaved chestnut as a positive, practical symbol of renewal and longevity. The next question was ‘Where to plant this?’ The answer came from Gordon Eastham, our very talented and green-fingered Head of Grounds Maintenance.

Gordon suggested planting the semi-mature ‘EAUC Tree’ on our newly established Heslington East campus as a focal point. Heslington East is also constructed around a lake, which is more wildlife orientated than Heslington West and although only recently established it has already attracted a wide range of bird and wildlife species.

I am delighted that EAUC are returning to the University of York for the 2012 Annual Conference and hope delegates will take the opportunity to view the specimen tree at Heslington East planted as a result of your generosity.

P.S. If you’re a ‘twitcher’, bring your binoculars. It may be well worthwhile!"

Tom Fleming

Director of Health, Safety and Welfare, University of York

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