Green Impact

Green Impact: reducing SEAS' environmental impact

SEAS is involved in the NUS initiative Green Impact. Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme that helps and supports university departments to improve their environmental performance.

SEAS received the Bronze award in its first year of participation 2013/14 and then went on to receive Silver for the academic years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17

This academic year the criteria for the awards are changing. SEAS will be completing two projects in the hope of retaining Silver for 2018/19. The projects will be on the topics of Recycling and Wellbeing. This page will be updated once we begin completing actions for these projects.

Other actions being taken for Green Impact:


Staff are encouraged to switch off computers, printers etc when not in use and to unplug chargers which consume energy whether or not they are switched on due to the voltage transformers in the plugs. They are also encouraged to turn lights off when leaving a room and not to heat workspaces above 21 degrees.



All computers are set to print double-sided automatically. Documents for meetings etc are sent electronically so that staff only print them if they need to.

We now have a policy of online submission, marking and feedback saving the need for students to print work and staff to create hard copy marksheets.


Catering platters are sent back to the catering department to be re-used. Envelopes are used again where possible and unwanted furniture is found a new home.


Waste is placed in either the blue bins for paper, card, cans, glass and plastic or the grey bins for general waste and these can be found throughout the department. The unseparated general waste is taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where around 90% is recycled. Printer toner cartridges are collected by the University along with batteries, electrical equipment and confidential waste.


Staff are encouraged to avoid domestic air travel in favour of the train and consider walking and public transport for local journeys and the commute to work. Visitors are also encouraged to use public transport to get to the University.

For more information on all of The University of Sheffield's corporate social responsibility initiatives please see:

SEAS Green Impact Champion
Katherine Gallagher