Green Impact is a sustainability accreditation scheme that runs in universities and colleges across the UK. It helps staff and students improve their impact on the environment by providing a workbook of well-explained and straightforward actions to implement in their departments.
The Information School currently holds the Silver Award.
Further information may be found at The University of Sheffield Green Impact Webpages
Current Projects we are supporting?
Information School is currently supporting the following projects:
- S6 Sheffield FoodBank - we collect items to donate to this great charity (see link to website on right-hand menu) - View the recording of the FoodBank talk organised with Jessops West Green Impact Team (bit.ly/s6foodbanktalk)
- Fairtrade - Supporting Fairtrade fortnight (25th Feb 2019 - 10 March 2019), showcasing products in Staff Meetings and providing information to all regarding fairtrade items you can buy in supermarkets.
What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.
Fairtrade items available in Supermarkets
- Tesco - www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/search
- Morrisons - groceries.morrisons.com/search
- Sainsburys - www.sainsburys.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplayView
- Aldi - www.aldi.co.uk/search
- Waitrose - www.waitrose.com/ecom/shop/search
- Asda - groceries.asda.com/search/fairtrade
Eating healthily is a great way to look and feel great. In Sheffield, there are various places you can get fresh fruit and veg - some of them are listed in the handy map below.
You can also find our selection of healthy eating tips as a downloadable PDF from this page.
What is Information School doing to reduce our Environmental Impact?
The Information School is committed to minimising the environmental impact and has identified and ranked what it believes to the ten main greening opportunities. These are:
- Energy Use - Reduction of Energy Usage (check our energy saving tips download)
- Fairtrade - Raise awareness of Fairtrade and items available in shops.
- FoodBanks - Raise awareness of FoodBanks and continue collection for Sheffield S6 FoodBank.
- Health Eating - Raise awareness of health eating (check our healthy eating tips download)
- Waste Management - Use of correct bins to separate waste.
- Promote sustainable transport - Raise awareness in the use of public transport (Car sharing, cycling, walking routes).
- Air conditioning - Raise awareness of the use of Air Conditioning. Make sure windows are closed when air conditioning is on and turn off when not required.
- Drinking Water - Use tap water instead of bottled and use re-usable drink bottles
- Catering - Purchasing friendly food/drink (check our Procurement tips download)
- Printing/Photocopying - reduce by 5%.
Health & Well-Being
We encourage all staff to do the following:
- Take regular exercise - Attend a session at Juice or join Sport Sheffield
- We encourage all staff to take regular breaks in our staff room area, cafe's around the university and lunch breaks
- Time To Change to staff, encouraging more conversation about health and well-being at work. This can include (but not limited to) staff exercise clubs, staff participating in local marathons/fun runs, walking groups, charity work, nutrition and health eating advice.This would be a good idea to discuss at 1-2-1's, Staff Meetings etc.
- 1 in 4 people in the wider population are affected by Mental Health issues each year.(Time to change)
Please can all STAFF/STUDENTS please make sure that they don't heat their office/lab to more than 21 degrees. The Carbon Trust recommends that workplaces should be heated between 19-21 degrees Celsius during the heating season. For every 1 degree Celsius increase the heating costs increase by 8-10%. If you require a thermometer for your office to check the temperature then please get in touch with Paul Fenn.
More information can be found on our Green Impact noticeboard in the lift lobby on the second floor of Regent Court.
If you have any queries about Green Impact then please contact Paul Fenn.