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 has received the Silver award for the academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16 (having received the Bronze award in its first year of participation 2013/14). We hope to receive Silver again for 2016/17 with a long term plan of reaching the Gold award in the future.
This academic year we have completed the full roll-out of online submission, marking and feedback saving the need for students to print work and staff to create hard copy marksheets
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.
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 and card 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 over 80% is recycled. The University is aiming for a target of 90% of waste recycled by July 2015. 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 the BeCause webpages at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/because
SEAS Green Impact Champion