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About Green Impact

Green Impact is a sustainability accreditation scheme that runs in universities and colleges across the UK. The University of Sheffield has taken part since 2009/2010, as part of their behaviour change strategy to reduce carbon emissions - they have committed to a 43% carbon emission reduction by 2020.

The Department for Lifelong Learning Green Impact team consists of:

  • Angi Johnson
  • Rosalind Tratt
  • Jack Smith
  • Larah Hogg
  • Simon Stewart 

The department is currently a Silver Award holder, and will hopefully going for Gold this year.

5 most positive environmental impacts


The Department for Lifelong Learning is committed to introducing environmentally friendly working practices. Here are some key activities we have introduced to help save energy, and promote a green working space:

1. Thermostats on radiators are turned down and staff are aware of how to do this themselves. This has led to fewer windows being opened in winter.

2. Portable heaters have been scrapped.

3. Staff have been encouraged to buy fairly traded tea and coffee for departmental use, and many use fairly traded for personal use.

4. We have started purchasing eco-friendly stationery wherever possible.

5. Staff are aware of the need to switch off computer screens and lights when not in use. Most staff now remember to do this and occasionally they are rewarded.

DLL Environmental Code of Practice 

Awareness

As a Department we aspire to work within the University’s practices to minimise negative environmental impacts and build a culture where care of the environment is an ordinary part of everyday life. This may involve changing attitudes and habits, and this has to be done in a way which will not provoke hostility or resistance. We also need to avoid trying to make people feel guilty, as wellbeing is an important aspect.

Recycling and Waste

1. Reduce printing by use of Google drive and tablets at meetings.
2. Duplex printing whenever possible
3. Using scrap paper – kept near the photocopier
4. Recycling all waste paper, card etc, plus batteries, plastics, glass, tins in the University’s facilities.
5. Recycling small items via the swap table, which is transferred to a charity shop at intervals.
6. Waste electrical equipment, catering platters and confidential waste are all disposed of via the University.

Energy and Water

1. Staff will switch off any equipment not in use. Computer screens will be switched off when the operator is away for more than 5 minutes.
2. Where feasible, staff will travel to and from work by walking, public transport or cycling. Where cars are needed, staff will consider car-sharing.
3. Green team members will do a switch off round of the office on Fridays.
4. The Energy Fairy will go round three times a year.
5. Water economy is encouraged via posters in the kitchen.
6. All staff know how to report issues such as dripping taps etc. Use waste water for plants.
7. Consideration will be given to installing sensor lighting in shared areas.

Procurement

1. We aim to buy only energy-efficient items where possible.
2. All departmental tea and coffee is fairly traded. Staff are encouraged to buy fairly traded items for bring and share lunches.
3. All paper purchased is from certified sustainable sources.
4. Clothing purchased for our student ambassadors is obtained via Students’ Union suppliers.

Sustainable Transport

1. Visitors are given information on public transport.
2. Information about how interviewees travel to the department is collected.
3. A chart is kept showing how staff travel and asking if we can improve.

Environment

1. Biodiversity will be maintained through pot plants and the maintenance of bee-friendly plants in the car park.
2. Staff are encouraged to adopt health working practices including taking a lunch break and taking time away from screen work every hour.
3. The Staff Development and Wellbeing Committee will monitor the working environment and seek to make improvements.