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14 December 2012 | PR 12/225

Waste not, want not – new Loughborough project set to boost resource efficiency

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A new project to boost recycling and create a greater public understanding of resource efficiency has been launched at Loughborough University.

With the UK's rate of recycling of municipal waste still ranked only 11th in Europe and growing pressure to address material scarcity, there is strong evidence that there needs to be greater public and business engagement in resource efficiency.

The ‘CORE: Creative outreach for resource efficiency’ project – funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – will meet this need by developing a creative outreach programme.

Using pop-up labs, podcasts, hands-on demonstrations and school events, the research team will encourage people to think more about resource efficiency and hammer home the ‘waste not, want not’ message.

The project is being led by Professor Jacqui Glass from the University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering, in collaboration with the Universities of Cranfield, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Surrey and Warwick.

 “This project is a unique and fascinating opportunity to build bridges between scientists, engineers and the public, engaging real people in real conversations about the incredibly important topic of resource efficiency,” Professor Glass explains.  “The team has in mind some novel ideas for public engagement and we are looking forward to putting them into practice in various locations around the UK.”

CORE is one of four green engineering projects to receive a share of £5 million funding from the EPSRC.  Part of its remit will also be to help the other research teams to communicate their findings to the public, policymakers and industry.

For further information about all the projects visit the EPSRC website.

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 12 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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