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13Nov

Blue Planet II provides evidence of Global Warming to 14.1 million viewers

If you’ve been watching Blue Planet II you’re one of over 14.1 million viewers who have also been delighted by the scenes of polar bear cubs, giant glowing fish and surfing dolphins. Since its debut on the 29th October, the series has become the most-watched TV show of 2017 so far, beating Strictly Come Dancing and the X factor.

 
The series has not failed to disappoint, with scenes showing spectacular new research and discoveries about animal behaviour, including footage of underwater volcanoes erupting and ethereal marine species living 11km below sea level in ‘The Deep’. 
 
 
The series is narrated by David Attenborough and has moments of humour, endearing stories of survival and delivers a serious message about global warming. With much of the filming taking place in the Arctic, the struggles faced by species there reflect how dramatically the global climate is changing. ...
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26Oct

Swansea University’s SWell Programme shortlisted for Edie’s Sustainability Leaders Awards

Our sustainability and wellbeing programme at Swansea University has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2018 Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards, in the Engagement and Behaviour change category.

The Edie awards celebrate sustainability excellence and innovation and we are thrilled that Swansea University’s programme has been recognised for its positive impact and achievements at the university.

The programme, named SWell, uses an innovative online platform and app to motivate employees to take part in sustainability and wellbeing activities. Through team work, friendly competition and rewards for participating teams and individuals, these sustainable steps become embedded in the university culture.

Since its introduction at the university just over a year ago, the SWell programme has seen over 23,000 kg of CO2 saved from employees travelling sustainably, a 19% reduction in carbon intensity, over 105,000 ...

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13Oct

Wellbeing in the Workplace – how to make your employees feel happier and more fulfilled

 
This week we’re proud to be supporting world Mental Health Day!

We spend an average of 8.8 hours a day at work - for many of us it's much more than that - so it’s extremely important to think about how we can improve employee mental health and wellbeing in the office.

 

 

It may seem like a daunting topic, but there are actually a lot of simple and effective ways to promote better mental wellbeing for your employees both at work and outside the office.

One simple way to do this is to offer incentives for employees to take part in regular exercise, whether that’s cycling to work, walking on their lunch break or taking part in an exercise classes.
 
Evidence shows that just one or two hours’ exercise a week is an extremely effective mood booster and ...
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21Sep

JUMP & RBS co-present an Innovation Gateway case study at RWM Conference

 
Last week Michael Lynch from RBS and Graham Simmonds from the JUMP team presented the JUMP Employee Engagement Programme as a case study at the 2017 Recycling and Waste Management conference.
 
This year’s event was hosted in partnership with CIWM, at the NEC in Birmingham. The conference provided a platform for discussions and opportunities for collaboration to achieve a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. Attendees included experts and key players from the waste, energy, recycling and water sectors.  
 

The presentation focused on how RBS saved 5% on energy bills through the JUMP Employee Engagement Programme, which generated increased colleague engagement in sustainable behaviours.
 
The talk was attended by an engaged audience, and listeners were ...
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01Sep

Looking towards a more efficient future: Team JUMP and RBS to speak at RWM Exhibition next week

 

The JUMP Employee Engagement Programme at RBS will be presented at the annual RWM exhibition next week. Michael Lynch from RBS and Graham Simmonds from the JUMP team, will be delivering a presentation on September 12th about the success of the programme, sourced through the Innovation Gateway.

 

 

The presentation, titled: ‘JUMP’ into action – how RBS saved 5% on its energy bills through colleague engagement, will discuss how JUMP’s flexible approach, innovative technology and engagement expertise was able to increase team building and motivation and save the bank 5% on its energy bills through colleague engagement.

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20Aug

5 technology hacks to save energy and money in your office

Remember what the world looked like in the 1990s? People used printed maps to find their way around. Texts contained phrases like ‘gr8’ and ‘C U l8er’. The only way to hear your favourite music over and over again was to buy a CD. Computers were the size and shape of a beach ball and your mobile phone only had three uses: making calls, writing texts and playing Snake.

In just two decades technology has completely changed the way we go about our work and personal lives. And with more money being invested in sustainable technologies than ever before, it only take a few clicks to find technological innovations that could reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint and increase your bottom line.

To inspire you, we’ve come up with some of our favourite, easy-to-implement innovations to make your office more sustainable.
 
1)      Smart printers
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04Aug

Are we on the way to Armageddon? – What Earth Overshoot Day means for mankind

Last week you might have spotted a few articles on Earth Overshoot Day, or noticed the hashtag #movethedate trending on Twitter. So what’s it all about? Well it’s not quite Armageddon, but brace yourself for some hard-hitting statistics

Earth Overshoot Day is the day that our global population consumes more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate. This year it fell on August 2nd, a whole week earlier than last year.  

Before the 1970s, the Earth was able to renew all of its resources spent by humans every year. But this year we have already used up our allowance for water, soil, clean air and other resources on Earth for the whole of 2017. In just 7 months, we have emitted more carbon than forests and oceans can absorb in a year, caught more fish than can be naturally replenished, felled more trees than forests can sequester and consumed more water than the Earth was able to produce in a year. We are consuming our nature at a ...
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21Jul

The War on Plastics – how you can tackle plastic overuse in your workplace

Here’s an interesting, if slightly depressing fact: Every bit of plastic ever made still exists today. It’s a material that is made to last, but the majority of products made with plastic are only used once and then tossed in the bin without further thought. This consume, waste, replace culture is doing serious damage to our planet, as it turns out plastic takes at least 450 years to decompose. This month is Plastic Free July, so we’re here to let you know why you should seriously rethink your plastic consumption and give you some handy tips on how to get reducing, reusing and recycling and spread the word in your workplace.

 
Plastic is not so fantastic
This week new research from US scientists hit the headlines, revealing that by 2015 humans had produced 8.3 billion tons of plastic, of which 6.3 billion tons has become waste. And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. The study also revealed that ...
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07Jul

Struggling to get your staff in the saddle? – Cycle Solutions has the answers

Encouraging your employees to cycle to work is a great way to keep staff healthy and productive while working towards your sustainability and wellbeing targets. And while your staff may be keen to give it a go, without a little guidance it’s likely they’ll be unsure where to start and fall into cycling misconceptions like ‘it’s too expensive to buy a bike’.

At JUMP, we’re experts in engaging employees in a range of sustainable behaviours in the workplace, including sustainable travel, energy saving and health and wellbeing. We’re here to reassure you that cycling to work can be easy, especially with excellent suppliers of the Cycle to Work Scheme, Cycle Solutions. Joining a Cycle to Work scheme could help you and your colleagues to crush excuses not to ride to work.

 
Why cycle?
 
Save cash
The average 7 mile commute by car ...
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23Jun

Bring your dog to work day – the benefits of having a furry friend by your side in the office

Who let the dogs out?

This Friday 23rd June is National Bring Your Dog to Work Day, providing the opportunity for pet lovers all over the UK to bring their canine friends to work with them. The day raises awareness for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs. This year the charities being supported are All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia.

Now I don’t know about you, but when I heard about the initiative, I started picturing all kinds of chaos – dogs chewing on project proposals, drooling on keyboards, play fighting during meetings and devouring the office snacks. But it turns out that the reality is far from it.

Not only are most office pets well behaved (sleeping for most of the day) – they are also a valuable asset to the office and greatly improve office wellbeing. In fact, pets in the workplace are proven to lift mood, lower stress and improve productivity.

 Why do ...

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