Green impact.

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students, bringing staff and students together with their wider communities to enable and showcase positive changes in environmental practice. Here’s are the key activities we are doing to work towards a Green Impact award.



  • Get in the habit of switching off your computer monitor whenever you leave your desk, or when working without the computer
  • Switch off your computer when away from your desk for a number of hours
  • Switch off fully at the end of the day and if possible switch off at the plug – monitors can continue to draw power even when switched off

Printers, scanners, phone chargers, etc

Please switch off when not in use, preferably at the plug as these devices can continue to draw power even when switched off

Heaters, fans, etc

Switch off when not in use


Switch off lights when not needed, either because of daylight or because no-one is in the room. Switch off lights in common areas such as toilets or kitchens if no-one is in the room


Generally in this building you have no or very limited control of heating – if you do have control, use it to keep heating moderate: 21C or lower. If you think that your workspace is being unnecessarily heated please contact the departmental Health and Safety Officer

Air conditioning

If air conditioning is on please ensure that all windows are closed
Please take particular care to switch things off at the weekend, and more especially again if you are away from your desk for a longer period such as during the Christmas and New Year closure



The department produces something of the order of 80,000 sheets of photocopying and printing. We can try to reduce this by:

Avoiding copying – send documents electronically, recipients can print them if they need them – this avoids unnecessary copies being produced
Copy and print double sided – most of the network printers, print duplex as default. For photocopying follow the instructions on the wall.
Where possible avoid disposable products where reusable ones are a viable alternative – e.g. avoiding disposable cups, plates and bottled water. Main University caterers are increasingly ready to facilitate this.


Where possible, try to find second uses for things, for example reusing plastic bags, envelopes and scrap paper or finding a home for unwanted furniture or equipment.


You should have easy access to a recycling bin for paper and cardboard – if your office does not have one, please ask Peter Bragg
Toner cartridges are collected from beside the Porters Lodge by the University’s recycling team. Please fill in the logbook with details of cartridges left
Most mixed waste collected from the department goes to a Materials Recovery Facility where over 80% of general waste is separated for reuse, recycling or recovery, however it is preferable to separate recyclables at the source
The university also offers facilities to recycle batteries, WEEE, tubes and lamps (including fluorescents and microscope lamps), cardboard, mobile phones; and catering platters


Minimise travel where possible, using communications technology where appropriate. Where travel is necessary, aim to use the mode of travel with the lowest impact within cost and time constraints. In particular, domestic air travel should be avoided in favour of the train; consider walking, cycling or public transport for local journeys. The University enables and promotes lots of alternative transport arrangements for staff and visitors.

Visit the Traveling to the Department web page for full details.

Keep in touch and contribute to progress

The Geography Department Green Impact Group is an open group aiming to enable progress on sustainability in the department. The current Green Impact team are:

  • Peter Bragg
  • David Finlayson
  • Hannah Lett


  • Silver award for 2016/15
  • Bronze award for 2015/14