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. In USP we are encouraging and promoting more sustainable practices amongst our staff and students in order to contribute to this goal.
Last year we won the Gold Award, during this academic year (2017-18) we are aiming to continue this!
Our Green Impact efforts are led by:
Green Impact Champion, Sarah Biggins
Green Impact Project Assistant, Konstantinos Moraitis
The Green Impact team: Emma Ryszka
|Waste & Recycling||
The generation and incorrect disposal of waste is a huge Environmental Issue in the UK as a large majority of it ends up in landfill.
We are actively encouraging students and staff to reduce their waste by:
We are committed to reducing our energy use by:
Travel is a significant Environmental issue; this is because of the major use of energy used to fuel transportation and the creation of air pollution as a result.
To tackle this, we are encourage environmentally friendly travel options, where practical. We communicate to staff:
We're proud to say that most of the staff in our Department have chosen a more environmentally friendly way to work.
|Health & Well-Being||
1 in 4 people experience Mental Health issues. To reduce the stigma and support our students and staff, we actively encourage health and well-being themes throughout the year by:
Getting word out there is central to our work with Green Impact, we communicate to staff, students, wider University by:
Since school, I have had a keen interest in climate change and the prospect of sustainable development, and I am currently researching low carbon developments as a topic for my dissertation. I am very excited to be applying my knowledge and expanding my learning by helping the Department of Urban Studies and Planning reduce its carbon emissions this academic year.
Kat Tyne, student gipa 2016
If you have any ideas on how we can make our Department more "green" or have any energy-saving ideas please complete this form.