LEAF works in partnership with charities, government, businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure that the research conducted at the University of Leeds has a tangible and beneficial impact.
United Bank of Carbon
The United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) is a collaboration between established businesses and academics from the University of Leeds, working together with the aim of reducing tropical deforestation. UBoC enables businesses to choose a specific project to partner with that has synergies with their own organisation or brand. Since 2009, experts at the University of Leeds have been rigorously checking rainforest projects across the globe and have established an impressive database of projects, run by various NGOs in several countries. To date, UBoC and its supporters have protected over 250,000 hectares of rainforest. LEAF gratefully acknowledges financial support from UBoC.
Together with UBoC and the Woodland Trust, we are working with the BBC on a primary school science campaign Terrific Scientific. Terrific Scientific is a major 18 month UK-wide campaign to bring practical science into the nation’s classrooms and homes. As part of Terrific Scientific, children aged 9-11 will be learning about the importance of the trees in and around their school grounds and collecting data to send to scientists here at the University of Leeds.
Leeds City Council (LCC) are working with LEAF and UBoC to promote local and global forest education, research and green-space development. The Parks and Countryside team at LCC currently manages around 4,000 hectares of green-space, including 1,300 hectares of woodland.
In the short-term, this collaboration will see the establishment of a Leeds-based forest observatory, available as an educational and research resource for schools, universities and local communities.
We are working closely with the new Centre of Excellence for Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC) at the University of Leeds. Our partnership with CEMAC has enabled the presentation of real-time air quality data online, as part of the Air Pollution Garden project.
If your organisation would like to be involved with our work, please contact us.