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14th February
to 22nd March
300 You will earn 300 gold points for completing this activity.
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Create a sustainable online society!

14th February to 22nd March
When we enter the digital world, we leave as big of a carbon footprint there as we do anywhere else. This project explores this idea and challenges you to find and develop ideas or initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of computing at Manchester Met. You don't need to be an expert - this project is designed to help you learn!

Every action we take part in or product we buy has a carbon cost.

You might be aware of this concept when you make day-to-day choices on what transport to use or what food you eat. However, have you ever considered the environmental cost of everything you do online? How much carbon is emitted by taking a photo, sharing a gif, or posting on social media? Or have you thought about the environmental impacts of that new phone you just bought? Would thinking about this change your mind on buying a new device?

All of our online activities and tech purchases add up to a relatively large carbon and environmental cost! On a positive note its very easy to reduce these costs by taking simple actions like deleting our old files and photos from the cloud, or using repaired or reconditioned tech instead of buying new!

This project gives you a space and a team to have a positive impact on the digital world of Manchester Met by investigating the environmental impact of digital habits and considering how we might raise awareness and take action to work towards a net-zero future.

This project is designed to be open and to give you a platform to develop your own ideas. Below are some starting prompts that might help you picture the kind of thing you could work on:

  • Create a How to be sustainable online information pack for staff and students at Man Met
  • Create a digital carbon footprint calculator to raise awareness of the carbon cost of digital habits
  • Tackle E-waste on campus by setting up a scheme or group to repair or repurpose old tech 

Associated Badges:

In A Nutshell...

  • Collaborate ... with students across the university
  • Build ... a team of fellow students passionate about sustainability
  • Show Leadership ... and the opportunity to demonstrate creative problem solving
  • Rethink... how we use and interact with digital spaces
  • Deliver ... a solution to your project brief
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • call_split 12:00 to 13:00 on 14/02/24
    Week Zero: Do This now!
    Access the associated resources below to discover how this project will work Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 15:00 on 14/02/24 - Business School Room 3.17
    Week 1: Get to know your team and challenge
    The first week of this project involves meeting your team Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 15:00 on 21/02/24 - Business School Room 4.44
    Week 2: Ideation
    Create ideas for your project Access Associated Resource →
  • place 10:00 to 11:00 on 29/02/24 - John Dalton Building E422
    Week 3: Share your idea
    Pitch your idea to mentors/stakeholder Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 15:00 on 06/03/24 - Business School Room 3.16 North Atrium
    Week 4: Develop your idea
    Develop your idea and create an action plan Access Associated Resource →
  • personal_video 13:00 to 14:30 on 15/03/24 - Takes place online
    Week 5: Putting it all together
    Pull your ideas together and start to plan your presentation Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 15:00 on 22/03/24 - Business School 3.19 (N Atrium)
    Week 6: Present your idea
    Present your final idea Access Associated Resource →