In his everyday practice, and in his research, teaching and public engagement work, Laurence helps to make a difference to environmental sustainability. Some of Laurence’s endeavours to environmental sustainability include spearheading the Green Impact scheme within the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences, which led to a School-wide switch to recycled paper and delivering numerous sustainability-related talks to the public.
In the last year, Laurence has initiated and led the switch in the School’s paper supplies from non-recycled, non-certified A4 to 100% recycled, FSC-certified paper at no additional cost. By coordinating with the School’s Stores department, Central Stores and the internal Environmental and Social Responsibility Group, this change has been fully implemented. The change affects 2 million sheets (10 tonnes) or A4 per year with a total carbon footprint of around 8,500 kg CO2- equivalent.
Laurence also started the first Green Impact Team in CEAS (the Sustainable Industrial Systems team) and delivered talks and activities on the sustainability of energy systems at Manchester Science Festival (2015 & 2016), Runshaw College (January 2016), Manchester Museum’s ‘Climate Control’ programme (July 2016) and NERC’s ‘Into the Blue’ event (October 2016).