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Nov
12
Sun
Commute Smart Week @ Heriot-Watt University
Nov 12 – Nov 18 all-day
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Commute Smart Week is an annual, winter campaign to raise the awareness of implementing smarter ways of commuting during the winter months.

With the clocks changing and more people commuting during dusk and low light, over winter is is important to think about how your commute can effect your health and safety.

We are putting on a number of events from information stalls to putting volunteers in car parks to talk about your options. Look out for our stall on the Bridge Link and volunteers out in the mornings.

Why not share the driving by trying Liftshare?

Or boost your fitness by cycling?

Consider giving yourself some down time by taking public transport?

 

Nov
20
Mon
Greener Christmas Competition!
Nov 20 – Dec 1 all-day
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The Festive Season is one of the best times of the year – filled with food, hot drinks and cosy movie nights.

Christmas traditions like  presents, Christmas trees, and of course the family meal bring joy and help us spend time with loved ones.

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It is also, a time for going a bit overboard and indulging, buying more than you intended and stocking up on more food than could possibly be eaten.

This approach results in lots of unnecessary waste being produced and impacts on the environment more than you might think:

Did you know that most sparkly/glittery wrapping paper can’t be recycled? The same for Christmas cards?

Did you know that about 4 million Christmas dinners were thrown away in 2014 in the UK?

So this year Transition would like to know what are your ideas and tips to make Christmas more sustainable? What will you do, alone or with family to help reduce waste and the environmental impact of celebrating Christmas?

Whether a simple change or a creative new approach to the festive season, if it’s something that you could try or commit to, we want to know!

Tell us your suggestions through FacebookTwitter (@TransitionHW) or email info@transition.hw.ac.uk and be entered to win great prizes!

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Your suggestion must be an action that you could personally take or is possible for an individual/family to take, as opposed to an idea for something the university should do.
  2. Entries must be submitted by midnight on Fri 1st Dec (5pm).
  3. Winner will be selected by the Transition team.
Nov
30
Thu
Christmas Market @ Bridge Link
Nov 30 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
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It’s getting dark earlier, and frost is creeping in – so here’s something to help you make it through November – a Christmas Market!

Our Christmas Market this year will be held on Thursday 30th November, 11am – 2.30pm on the Bridge Link.

We might not be able to get in a Big Wheel, and the loch might not turn into an ice rink, but there will be lovely local suppliers and some winter sweet treats!

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We have a great range of local suppliers attending. Those confirmed so far include:

  • Agnes – 100% wool scarves and tartan
  • Anna Canning from Floramedica – herbal bath treats and handcream (free drop-in workshop)
  • Anthea – Crochet crafts
  • Breadshare – Nutritious bread made from organic ingredients, sweet treats
  • Brian from Scottish Honey – Honey
  • Busy Bee Handicrafts (Julia) from WHALE Arts – Fabric gift items based on hobbies
  • Monika from Manfred and Friends – Crochet characters and collectibles
  • One World Shop – Fairtrade food and gifts
  • Sheila Galbraith – Jewellery
  • Tina – Jewellery

 

Jan
18
Thu
Sustainable Cooking Workshop @ Chaplaincy Heriot Watt University
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Did you know that almost 50% of all food waste comes from households?
Let’s do something to reduce this statistic!

The cooking class is ran by Food Sharing Edinburgh and is a fun and interactive class with trained cooking tutors who are keen to show students how to cook healthy meals with no-waste cooking techniques. You will learn three simple and versatile recipes that will build your confidence in cooking good food AND reduce your food waste in hall.

This class will show you how to cook few basic wheat-free recipes that are flexible and adaptable. The tutors will also give you advice on how to enjoy a wheat-free diet while reducing your food waste at the same time.

Workshop detail:

  • There will be two professionally trained tutors and no more than five students per class. Book your space to avoid disappointment!
  • The class runs from 6 to 8.30 pm in the chaplaincy kitchen. But do come a few minutes early to meet your tutors and maybe have a cuppa before you start.
  • At the end of the class, you will receive a goodie bag with no-waste recipe cards.
  • You will have the chance to taste your food together with the rest of the group and cooking tutors. And while you’re enjoying your edible creations together why not have a bit discussion about food waste?

What do you need to bring:

  • Enthusiasm for food! And we mean good food that is healthy for you.
  • Interest in learning more about food sustainability and food waste.
  • Some Tupperware for the left-over (if there are any 🙂 )

Please book your space in advance to avoid disappointment by emailing Transition r.fitria@hw.ac.uk .
If you have any food allergens, please do inform us in advance to ensure our cooking tutors are fully aware of your requirements.

Jan
22
Mon
Fuel Efficient Driving Lessons @ Gardener's Cottage
Jan 22 all-day
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Did you know you can save money on fuel costs just by learning to drive smarter?

And do you know that Transition is working together with Energy Saving Trust and Transport Scotland in organising a FuelGood driver training sessions in Heriot-Watt University?

 

The FuelGood training sessions are running on the 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th of January. There will be 6 training slots available on each day.

 

Book your session in advance through our Doodle poll. If you cannot see a suitable time please get in touch to see if we can arrange an alternative (email info@transition.hw.ac.uk).

See further details regarding what to expect and bring below.

Why take part in FuelGood driver training?

Driver training delivers a number of benefits and it is also currently fully funded by Transport Scotland.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Based on 8,700 miles per year, typical annual savings of up to £210 per car driver (more for van drivers) should all the tips given in the training be followed.
  • Reduced wear and tear on tyres, brakes and clutches.
  • Reduced carbon footprint.
  • Fewer accidents – FuelGood encourages drivers to anticipate the road ahead, reducing the likelihood of accidents.

How do I book my training?

Book your session in advance through our Doodle poll, or alternatively email info@transition.hw.ac.uk to reserve you spot.

All drivers taking part on FuelGood training must:

  • Hold a full valid driving licence, which they must produce on the day of the training.
  • Be a regular driver. You will be less likely to benefit from this training if you are rusty or an infrequent driver.
  • Arrive 5 minutes at the meeting point (Gardener’s Cottage) before their allocated training session starts
  • Sign a disclaimer/insurance agreement before allowed to drive in the trainer’s vehicle.

Important disclaimers from Transport Scotland:

  • The participants must not:
    • Have been disqualified in the last three years
    • Have had no motoring or other convictions in the last three years
    • Have any prosecution or police inquiry pending
    • Had a motor insurance proposal declined or renewal refused
    • Hold a provisional licence
    • Have more than 6 point on their licence
  • The trainers may refuse to run the training session if a participant comes across unsafe to train, behaves irrationally and could be a potential danger to others.
  • If participants cannot meet these requirements they will not able to drive.

What happens in a session?

Dugie Campbell, an approved FuelGood driving instructor will come with the car, insurance and meets the participants at the Gardener’s Cottage. Each participant is collected and returned to your premises after a 50-minute training session.

What do previous FuelGood participants think?

  • 92 per cent of drivers trained would recommend FuelGood training to others
  • 85 per cent of drivers trained said FuelGood training has changed the way they drive

Over 350 organisations have participated in the Energy Saving Trust’s driver training programme including FTSE 100 companies Carillion and Mitie, as well as 28 Scottish Local Authorities, eight NHS Trusts and 16 universities and colleges.

 

Jan
23
Tue
Fuel Efficient Driving Lessons @ Gardener's Cottage
Jan 23 all-day
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Did you know you can save money on fuel costs just by learning to drive smarter?

And do you know that Transition is working together with Energy Saving Trust and Transport Scotland in organising a FuelGood driver training sessions in Heriot-Watt University?

 

The FuelGood training sessions are running on the 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th of January. There will be 6 training slots available on each day.

 

Book your session in advance through our Doodle poll. If you cannot see a suitable time please get in touch to see if we can arrange an alternative (email info@transition.hw.ac.uk).

See further details regarding what to expect and bring below.

Why take part in FuelGood driver training?

Driver training delivers a number of benefits and it is also currently fully funded by Transport Scotland.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Based on 8,700 miles per year, typical annual savings of up to £210 per car driver (more for van drivers) should all the tips given in the training be followed.
  • Reduced wear and tear on tyres, brakes and clutches.
  • Reduced carbon footprint.
  • Fewer accidents – FuelGood encourages drivers to anticipate the road ahead, reducing the likelihood of accidents.

How do I book my training?

Book your session in advance through our Doodle poll, or alternatively email info@transition.hw.ac.uk to reserve you spot.

All drivers taking part on FuelGood training must:

  • Hold a full valid driving licence, which they must produce on the day of the training.
  • Be a regular driver. You will be less likely to benefit from this training if you are rusty or an infrequent driver.
  • Arrive 5 minutes at the meeting point (Gardener’s Cottage) before their allocated training session starts
  • Sign a disclaimer/insurance agreement before allowed to drive in the trainer’s vehicle.

Important disclaimers from Transport Scotland:

  • The participants must not:
    • Have been disqualified in the last three years
    • Have had no motoring or other convictions in the last three years
    • Have any prosecution or police inquiry pending
    • Had a motor insurance proposal declined or renewal refused
    • Hold a provisional licence
    • Have more than 6 point on their licence
  • The trainers may refuse to run the training session if a participant comes across unsafe to train, behaves irrationally and could be a potential danger to others.
  • If participants cannot meet these requirements they will not able to drive.

What happens in a session?

Dugie Campbell, an approved FuelGood driving instructor will come with the car, insurance and meets the participants at the Gardener’s Cottage. Each participant is collected and returned to your premises after a 50-minute training session.

What do previous FuelGood participants think?

  • 92 per cent of drivers trained would recommend FuelGood training to others
  • 85 per cent of drivers trained said FuelGood training has changed the way they drive

Over 350 organisations have participated in the Energy Saving Trust’s driver training programme including FTSE 100 companies Carillion and Mitie, as well as 28 Scottish Local Authorities, eight NHS Trusts and 16 universities and colleges.

 

Remade: Electronics Repair Workshops @ Bridge Link
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
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Having computer issues? Are any of your electronics broken or not working?

Then book yourself a repair session to get your stuff check out by Remade in Edinburgh.


Currently, only 7% of the electronic equipment which is collected at household waste recycling centers is reused. But with a small amount of repair and refurbishment, this could increase to 23%!

By repairing and reusing your IT items and electronics you can help prevent unnecessary landfill waste and the loss of valuable resources. Repairing, rather than buying new should also save you cash!


We are offering repair sessions in Semester 2 which are open to all staff and students, which will be held on the Bridge Link. The 30 min appointments will be available from 10am – 3.30pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 23rd January

Tuesday 30th January

Tuesday 6th February

Remade can help with any kind of broken electronics including laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, printers, monitors, e-readers, Macs, Iphones, Ipads, Ipods, and game consoles.
They cannot help you with electrical goods like irons, food processors, radios, hair straighteners etc. They also do not teach people how to use software (for example programmes like WordPress, Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc).

The session is free, but if repairs are needed there may be a charge for replacement parts.

Book a slot in advance through our Doodle poll. Alternatively email info@transition.hw.ac.uk or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter! Please let us know when you would like to book, what item you need help with (e.g. laptop, iPod, tablet) and some info about the problem.

Feel free to drop by the Bridge Link during the day to find out more.

 

Jan
25
Thu
Local Market @ Bridge Link
Jan 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
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Buying local gives you the freshest produce, helps strengthen the local economy and cuts down the environmental impact of food transport.

Every month we hold a local market on the Bridge Link, bringing together a selection of local suppliers to give you a sample of the amazing food, drink and other products that are available in our area.

This month’s market will be held on Thursday 25th Jan, on the Bridge Link – from 11am – 2.30pm (or until suppliers sell out).

We have a great range of local suppliers attending. Those confirmed so far include:

  • Agnes – 100% wool scarves and tartan
  • Anthea – Crochet crafts
  • Breadshare – Nutritious bread made from organic ingredients, sweet treats
  • Busy Bee Handicrafts (Julia) from WHALE Arts – Fabric gift items based on hobbies
  • Tina – Jewellery

Also attending will be the environmental charity:

Sustainable Cooking Workshop @ Chaplaincy Heriot-Watt University
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Did you know that almost 50% of all food waste comes from households?
Let’s do something to reduce this statistic!

The cooking class is ran by Food Sharing Edinburgh and is a fun and interactive class with trained cooking tutors who are keen to show students how to cook healthy meals with no-waste cooking techniques. You will learn three simple and versatile recipes that will build your confidence in cooking good food AND reduce your food waste in hall.

This cooking class is all about Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. The tutors will focus in showing you how to prepare and serve the delicious trio in a different way. Less waste and as delicious!

Workshop detail:

  • There will be two professionally trained tutors and no more than five students per class. Book your space to avoid disappointment!
  • The class runs from 6 to 8 pm in the chaplaincy kitchen. But do come a few minutes early to meet your tutors and maybe have a cuppa before you start.
  • At the end of the class, you will receive a goodie bag with no-waste recipe cards.
  • You will have the chance to taste your food together with the rest of the group and cooking tutors. And while you’re enjoying your edible creations together why not have a bit discussion about food waste?

What do you need to bring:

  • Enthusiasm for food! And we mean good food that is healthy for you.
  • Interest in learning more about food sustainability and food waste.
  • Some Tupperware for the left-over (if there are any 🙂 )

Please book your space in advance to avoid disappointment by emailing Transition r.fitria@hw.ac.uk .
If you have any food allergens, please do inform us in advance to ensure our cooking tutors are fully aware of your requirements.

Jan
29
Mon
Fuel Efficient Driving Lessons @ Gardener's Cottage
Jan 29 all-day
Share

Did you know you can save money on fuel costs just by learning to drive smarter?

And do you know that Transition is working together with Energy Saving Trust and Transport Scotland in organising a FuelGood driver training sessions in Heriot-Watt University?

 

The FuelGood training sessions are running on the 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th of January. There will be 6 training slots available on each day.

 

Book your session in advance through our Doodle poll. If you cannot see a suitable time please get in touch to see if we can arrange an alternative (email info@transition.hw.ac.uk).

See further details regarding what to expect and bring below.

Why take part in FuelGood driver training?

Driver training delivers a number of benefits and it is also currently fully funded by Transport Scotland.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Based on 8,700 miles per year, typical annual savings of up to £210 per car driver (more for van drivers) should all the tips given in the training be followed.
  • Reduced wear and tear on tyres, brakes and clutches.
  • Reduced carbon footprint.
  • Fewer accidents – FuelGood encourages drivers to anticipate the road ahead, reducing the likelihood of accidents.

How do I book my training?

Book your session in advance through our Doodle poll, or alternatively email info@transition.hw.ac.uk to reserve you spot.

All drivers taking part on FuelGood training must:

  • Hold a full valid driving licence, which they must produce on the day of the training.
  • Be a regular driver. You will be less likely to benefit from this training if you are rusty or an infrequent driver.
  • Arrive 5 minutes at the meeting point (Gardener’s Cottage) before their allocated training session starts
  • Sign a disclaimer/insurance agreement before allowed to drive in the trainer’s vehicle.

Important disclaimers from Transport Scotland:

  • The participants must not:
    • Have been disqualified in the last three years
    • Have had no motoring or other convictions in the last three years
    • Have any prosecution or police inquiry pending
    • Had a motor insurance proposal declined or renewal refused
    • Hold a provisional licence
    • Have more than 6 point on their licence
  • The trainers may refuse to run the training session if a participant comes across unsafe to train, behaves irrationally and could be a potential danger to others.
  • If participants cannot meet these requirements they will not able to drive.

What happens in a session?

Dugie Campbell, an approved FuelGood driving instructor will come with the car, insurance and meets the participants at the Gardener’s Cottage. Each participant is collected and returned to your premises after a 50-minute training session.

What do previous FuelGood participants think?

  • 92 per cent of drivers trained would recommend FuelGood training to others
  • 85 per cent of drivers trained said FuelGood training has changed the way they drive

Over 350 organisations have participated in the Energy Saving Trust’s driver training programme including FTSE 100 companies Carillion and Mitie, as well as 28 Scottish Local Authorities, eight NHS Trusts and 16 universities and colleges.