Departmental Green Impact team scoop gold at annual awards ceremony
The Biomedical Science Green Impact team are celebrating after taking home two awards at last week’s annual presentation. In addition to a gold team award, Aimee Paskins from the group also took home the Environmental Hero award.
This year, the team ran two projects: one focussed on recycling, particularly plastic, and the second focussed on staff wellbeing.
The low waste lab project saw the team running a number of workshops to educate colleagues about university recycling schemes, covering what can and can’t be recycled and also highlighting items that can be reused in the lab.
The staff wellbeing project aimed to increase participation in Juice activities, a motivational visit from a member of British Cycling at a recent coffee morning, a plant swap event to raise funds for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, and even a crochet workshop to boost mindfulness.
Other achievements this year include the implementation of a crisp packet and pen recycling scheme, a swap shop for books and stationery in the department, and the exploration of a glove recycling scheme. Extra effort has also been made to provide dairy free milks at all departmental coffee mornings to encourage people to make sustainable choices.
Melanie Hannah, Technical Manager in the Department of Biomedical Science and Green Impact Champion said, "In Biomedical Science we recognise that we have a responsibility to conduct our research and teaching with as minimal an impact on our environment as possible. By engaging with Green Impact initiatives we embed sustainable working practices both in the lab and the offices. This year we have enjoyed focussing on project areas that can make a real impact in our own workplace, and this has stimulated lots of further ideas for future projects. Biomedical Science have participated in Green Impact since its introduction in 2009, and will hopefully continue in the future."
Green Impact is an award winning behaviour change programme from the National Union of Students that is designed to empower all members of an organisation to make meaningful changes towards sustainable working practices by bringing together students and staff to green campuses, curriculums and communities.