We link our environmental focus events to local, national and international community campaigns such as Earth Hour, European Week for Waste Reduction and Go Green Week. In October 2018 we participated in the Scottish Government led Climate Week with a range of initiatives across our campuses and a range of communication across a range of University websites and social media channels. We also have links to many organisations within Edinburgh and beyond such as the Home Energy Scotland Advice Centre, The City of Edinburgh Council and RSPB Scotland for communication and events throughout the year.
Our Campus Cycling Officer Carola Böttcher is leading a wide range of community based active travel activities throughout the University during our 2018/19 academic year. Contact Carola for more information or keep an eye on my.Napier, the staff intranet or University social media pages. To plan our work we have developed a Communication, Engagement and Training Strategy. The Strategy highlights all national events, all communication options across the University and lessons learned from previous events.
Edinburgh Napier Students' Association have developed the fantastic volunteer resource for students Vbase. For staff volunteer opportunities please contact Jamie Pearson with any environmental or sustainable development related queries. As an example, Sustrans have the Active Travel Champions scheme in place.
All new members of staff are provided with a wide range of environmental sustainability information within the induction process developed and managed by the Human Resources and Development Team. The Environmental Sustainability Team attend welcome lunch events for new staff. The Team are currently investigating further opportunities for meeting students, apart from Welcome Weekend and Freshers' Fair events to share information and glean ideas from new students.
The travel choices made by our staff, students and visitors at Edinburgh Napier has an impact on the communities surrounding our campuses, Edinburgh and beyond. Our most recent survey was carried out in March 2017. The results will be added to the information gained within the 2011 and 2013 surveys and will help the development of a new Travel Plan for the University which will supersede the current Strategic Transport Policy.
We are very proud to support the Eco-Schools programme in Edinburgh by providing space at Craiglockhart enabling the team from The City of Edinburgh Council to hold an annual conference, pulling together 200 attendees from around the city to discuss environmental progress. We fully recognise the importance environmental knowledge gained by pupils from nursery to secondary transferring on to university life so we're delighted to support Eco-Schools in Edinburgh. In an ongoing study 'First-year attitudes towards, and skills in, sustainable development' carried out by the National Union of Students since 2010, it was found that sustainability concerns are significant in students' university choices. Over 80% of participants in the study noted that they believe that sustainability skills are important to employers.