HCS Green Impact Statement

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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.

What We Are Doing

We are developing our outdoor space....

Photo of HCS's garden area

Staff, students and clinic clients have been invited to get stuck into the creation of a sensory garden in our outdoor space outside the Group Room.

Staff, students and clinic clients have been invited to choose a new batch of plants, chosen for their texture, aroma, colour, and even taste to be planted in the top area of raised beds.

Our wild flower planting area in the lower raised bed garden should be developing nicely, helping to introduce as many garden bugs and bees as we can.

Photo of HCS's garden area

A “Gardening for Impact” team will be restarted shortly to redesign the plan on how to use both raised bed areas for this purpose. They will be meeting in March to discuss ideas.

The department's waterbutt was unable to be sited due to non-standard downpipes - bespoke fitting being investigated.

The patio area is waiting for new environmentally-friendly furniture, in time for spring and summer lunch and break times, ensuring staff, students and clinic visitors are given a great space and the best incentive to get away from their desks and socialise.

Photo of birdboxes

We sponsored three birdboxes, installed on behalf of our department at University residences. We also installed our own in our garden area. Hopefully these boxes will provide a home to many generations of small birds.

We Are Working On Our Green Priorities...

Equipment: Ensuring energy efficiency around PC's, laptops, phones and chargers, printers scanners etc – switch off when not in use and ensure “sleep mode” is activated after a few minutes of non-use.
Lighting: 99% of our lights are fitted with sensors so know when to turn off due to lack of activity or movement.
Radiators: Our radiators have thermostatic controls fitted to ensure optimum temperature is achieved.
HCS Members - If you think your spaces are too hot/too cold please talk with reception about adjustments.
Fan heaters: We operate a policy of fan heaters only available when absolutely necessary & only by using a booking-out system.
Recycling: We have recycling bins in all spaces for paper and cardboard recycling. We use glass cups for our coffee machine rather than recycled cups.

Book Swap: We are actively working on reducing the number of paper copies we make year-on-year. Analysis for the past year is currently being considered. We hope to have reduced our usage this year!

We are looking after our health and wellbeing...


We have been running meditation sessions for our staff members since July 2015. Thirty minutes, once a week, the sessions normally consist of guided meditation at the beginning, progressing on to relaxing ambient music/sounds to the end of the session. These sessions continue to be well attended and staff report they do postively impact on stress levels.

Walking Group

Our Walking Group started last year, with small lunchtime walks, lasting about 45 minutes, taking in the lovely surroundings of Weston Park. The group has already started it's walks this year and is now venturing further afield to places such as the Botanical Gardens. The group normally meets once a week.