St Nicks

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Category: Inspiration

The Paperless Society – An Ecological Bargain?

St Nicks volunteer Aiden Heeley-Hill expands on his previous blog post to explore the implications of a paperless society and whether this shift really will reduce carbon emissions. In my last blog post, I outlined the benefits of switching from paper memos to digital emails as the best way of non-verbally communicating with colleagues. This […]

Posted 9 April 2015 | Categories: Inspiration

Top 8 tips for a more sustainable office life

Our Park Ranger Intern Aiden Heeley-Hill shares his tips for a more sustainable office. With the beginning of every year come questions about life improvement and New Year’s Resolutions. How many of us have vowed to get fitter, stop smoking or go on that voyage of a lifetime? Perhaps it’s time to consider not just […]

Posted 29 January 2015 | Categories: Inspiration

10 reasons for switching to LED lighting

There are many good reasons why the inventors of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) were awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for physics. Since the invention in 1990s, blue LEDs have allowed the development or improvement of many everyday items such as smartphone and TV screens. Even more importantly, it’s been calculated that switching to LEDs […]

Posted 17 November 2014 | Categories: Inspiration

5 fantastic facts about butterflies

This week we’re celebrating all things butterfly by listing 5 facts you might not have known about this majestic metamorphic insect. We hope these facts will inspire you to take part in the Big Butterfly Count – a survey you can do in your own garden or local green space to help Butterfly Conservation keep […]

Posted 5 August 2014 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: Buddleia, butterfly, Comma, Common Blue, insect, ringlet, small skipper, small tortoiseshell

Feed the bees that feed us

According to Buglife, one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on insect pollination. It is estimated that 84% of EU crops (valued at £12.6 billion per year) and 80% of wildflowers rely on it. Without this invaluable service we wouldn’t be able to enjoy a lot of the great food we now […]

Posted 28 May 2014 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: buglife, pollinators, river of flowers, wildflowers, wildlife gardening

Some ‘rubbish’ inspiration 1

As you may know, rubbish is close to St Nicks’ heart, and feet – what with the site having been a rubbish tip in the past, and the charity currently running a kerbside recycling scheme which uses pedal-powered tricycles. We often get asked what to do with certain types of waste and often wonder for […]

Posted 25 February 2014 | Categories: Inspiration

Trees (are) for Life, not just Christmas

Judging by the numerous window displays, few of us can imagine Christmas without a tree. Even just a spray-painted picture, for which I had to settle due to lack of space, seemed better than no tree (although the faint smell of paint wasn’t particularly festive). According to ITV news, 8 million Christmas trees are sold […]

Posted 8 January 2014 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: Christmas trees, forest cover, oak mania, tree planting, Trees for Life, volunteering, Woodland Trust, World Land Trust

Share your inspiration

The future could be bright and green(er). In this section of our blog we will start featuring things, projects, people and organisations that inspire us in our attempts to help bring about the vision of York as a sustainable city. We want to start with the bigger picture to help guide local action. Climate change […]

Posted 29 November 2013 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: Centre for Alternative Technology, Inspiration, TIM in York, Yorkshire Energy Partnership, Zero Carbon Britain