BMS Green Impact

What is it?

Green Impact is a voluntary environmental accreditation operated by the National Union of Students designed to help change the way their institutions behave, from the bottom up. At the University of Sheffield, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment.

What do we do?

Our aim is to protect the future of our department within the University of Sheffield by encouraging staff and students to reduce their resource use (and thus energy consumption) by developing greener policies. We base this on the following principle:

1. Reduce, 2. Reuse, 3. Repair, 4. Recycle!

BMS Green Impact LogoGI schemes were first implemented at the University in 2009/2010 and since then have grown exponentially with numerous departmental Green Impact teams taking up the challenge.

Biomedical Science joined the initiative in 2011/ 2012 and our dedication to reducing our environmental impact has resulted in the following Green Impact awards:

As a small team comprising a mix of staff and students, we hope to encourage everyone in the department to think of their environmental impact, whether through work or lifestyle choices. If you would like to contact us, please use the following email address

Here are some simple tips YOU can undertake as a member of BMS to help reduce your environmental impact. For further information visit the BMS Staff Intranet -Green Impact Page


Over the past few years, the University recycling rates have declined from 396 tonnes in 2014/15 to 267 tonnes in 2017/18. We want to help reverse this downward trend. Please help us by using the blue recycling bins for more than just paper and card. The blue recycling bins can also be used for the following, just give them a quick rinse if needed:

• cans,
• tins,
• glass,
• foil and
• plastics (polythene, bottles, pots, tubs, trays)

The black rubbish bin is for tissues, hand towels, dirty food cartons, coffee cups and food waste.

Batteries - Please take used batteries to the Electronics Workshop (A232) for safe disposal or put them in the collection box in the student support office. Please note only departmental batteries can be disposed of in this way.

A to Z of Waste and Recycling

To find out more about our recycling schemes and more visit My Sustainable Campus


  • Switch off lamps, computers, monitors at end of the day
  • Switch off lights when leaving rooms
  • Keep windows and doors closed in air conditioned rooms

Energy and Carbon

Find out how the University's Energy Team oversee the action being taken by the University to meet our HEFCE carbon reduction targets of a 43% reduction by 2020


  • Walk to work if possible - its free, healthy and environmentally friendly
  • Cycle to work - there are bike racks situated around the University
  • Try a University Car Sharing scheme
  • Take public transport if possible

Get lifts or give lifts

Discounted travel for students and staff

Environmental Hero Award.

Environmental Hero

Former BMS member Dr Christian Unger played a huge part in pioneering the BMS Green Impact team and initiative. He was, and still is, extremely passionate about green issues and is actively involved in many environmental campaigns. He is also a member of the Sheffield Climate Alliance.

Christian was presented with the 2014-2015 Environmental Hero Award at the University of Sheffield Green Impact Award Ceremony, 20th May 2015.

Green Impact Awards 2017/18

BMS Green Impact Team won two gold awards last year: one for the toolkit and one for laboratories.

This year, the team is working hard on the schemes new "Projects" format, with two projects: Low Waste Labs and Staff Wellbeing.

BMS team (Melanie Hannah, Andrew Metcalfe, Harriet Knafler and Sandra Toledo)

Ecosia search engine

The Green Impact team in Biomedical Science is encouraging Faculty of Science staff to start using Ecosia instead of sites like Google, and support tree-planting initiatives in a threatened part of the global ecosystem.
Ecosia donates 80% of its advertising revenues to the World Wildlife Fund, which uses the money to reforest the Brazilian Atlantic Forest in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy’s Plant A Billion Trees scheme.