BMS Green Impact

What is it?

Green Impact is an 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 improving our impact on the environment.

What do we do?

Our aim is to 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 has 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's some simple tips you can undertake as a member of BMS to help reduce your environmental impact. For further information on the department's code of practice, see the Environmental and Waste Management section via the BMS Staff Handbook


A recycling point for glass, plastics, paper and cans is also available in the car park just behind the library.

  • Cardboard - Caged trolleys are now available in the Alfred Denny Back yard and tunnel entrance from Back Lane to the Quadrangle for cardboard which will be sent for recycling.
  • Batteries - Please take to the Electronics Workshop (A232) for safe disposal or put in the Electronics Workshop pigeonhole for collection, but please note only departmental batteries can be disposed of in this way.
  • Paper - Office paper recycling bins are emptied on a regular basis and are situated variously across BMS, e.g. in the Departmental Office in Firth Court . Please find your nearest paper recycling bin and use it. If that is too far, others are available from the Porters' Lodge

A to Z of Waste and Recycling

Find out what can be recycled and what has to go in the bin.


  • Switch off lamps, computers, monitors at end of the day
  • Switch off lights when leaving rooms
  • Turn off equipment when it is not being used
  • 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

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.

Ecosia - Search now

Environmental Hero Award

Environmental HeroFormer 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

Christian was also the author of our original Green Impact website.

Green Impact Awards 2016/17

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