NUS

NUS
NUS

The National Union of Students (NUS) is a confederation of 600 students' unions, representing the interests of more than seven million students. We promote, defend and extend the rights of students and develop and champion strong students’ unions. We live our values when it comes to the environment working to make our buildings and office practices more sustainable and supporting student unions and universities to do the same.

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NUS says:

Green Impact is giving students new sustainability skills, putting money back into student unions’ and encouraging 1000s of green actions every year.

24th June 2014
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NUS says:

Our Student Switch Off campaign in halls of residence has saved universities over £1 million of electricity and kept 1000s of tonnes of carbon out of the atmosphere.

24th June 2014
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NUS says:

100s of students are getting green fingers through our Big Lottery funded Student Eats project, developing food growing spaces onto 18 campuses.

24th June 2014
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Notes about NUS

Notes about NUS

How do you calculate the CO2e emissions from a unit of energy used?

Energy retailers and the government produce conversion factors that describe the typical carbon impact of different energy sources. These allow us to take the energy uses (in their respective units), and calculate the approximate carbon dioxide emissions, normally measured in kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents (kgCO2e). Defra's UK conversion factors may be found at Defra's 2015 Guidelines.

How do you get these data from the building?

Energy data is retrieved directly from Macadam House by CarbonCulture's systems approximately every 10 minutes.

What do the colours on the graph mean?

For buildings, the colours in the graph show approximately how the current level of usage would lead to a given Operational Rating – as set out on a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) – if the performance for a given moment carried on for an entire year. This goes from dark green for ‘A’ to red for ‘G’. We calibrate this using input data used for generating the building’s DEC, together with information relating to 'normal' buildings of its type. If we do not have data for all of the utilities noted in the DEC then the graph will appear in a light-blue colour scale, to indicate that the usage displayed on the graph is not representative of the full energy use of this building. Graphs for communities also show in this blue colour scale.

How much does this organisation pay for its energy?

Prices come from the latest energy bills for National Union of Students. These are of course subject to change, and will be updated by the organisations themselves as tariffs are revised.