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Green Impact

Welcome to the School of Education green impact page.  It aims to offer tips and advice on how staff and students can contribute to reducing the School’s carbon impact.


Recycling Points

Food food waste caddy in Staff Common Rooms
Paper throughout School buildings
Plastic bottles throughout School buildings
Cans throughout School buildings
Batteries caddy in Receptions
Cardboard bin in back yard, 20 College Green at back door, 69 University Street
Glass in Staff Common rooms or in Back yard, 20 College Green
Books books in good condition can be donated to an organization called Better World Books.  Boxes are available from Estates.

Further information can be found in the A-Z Guide to Waste and Recycling

Reducing waste

  • Academic staff should add student resources to Queen's Online rather than hand out photocopies.  Students expect to be able to access their resources via Queen's Online.
  • The School owns a small set of coffee cups and saucers which can be borrowed for meetings.  They should be used instead of disposable cups.
  • Tap water should be made available for meetings, vivas, etc. rather than bottled water.
  • Regular users of the staff rooms should bring in a mug for tea/coffee rather than use disposable cups.  Mugs can be stored in the staff room cupboards.
  • If you are ordering catering from internal or external suppliers, please ask them to ensure that, as far as possible, they are using locally produced, seasonal food.  This limits the air miles associated with food brought in unnecessarily from other countries.


  • Tips for travelling to, from and around the Queen’s campus are available at Travel tips for reaching the School of Education. The link might make a
    useful addition to your email signature.
  • The Cycle+ scheme allows staff to purchase a bicycle and safety equipment, and receive National Insurance and Income Tax discounts through a salary sacrifice scheme. Further information is available at
  • Details on the nearest cycle storage are available at Cycle Parking. The nearest shower and changing facilities are available, free of charge to staff, at level 1, Administration Building and Lower Ground Floor, McClay Library.
  • The cycle mileage allowance for travelling by bicycle on University business is 10p per mile.
  • Information on the University's car-sharing scheme can be viewed at or perhaps you could arrange to travel with a colleague if you’re both going to the same area for meetings, placement visits, fieldwork interviews, etc.
  • The University has an interest-free loan scheme for staff to buy bus or rail passes. See


  • If you know of a problem with heating or draughts e.g. a radiator that’s not working or a draughty window, please report it promptly to the buildings officer  Alastair Edwards at so that the problem can be resolved as quickly as possible.
  • Be aware of the need to dress appropriately for the temperature in your working area e.g. as many buildings are colder than usual first thing on Monday, maybe you could leave a spare warm layer in the office to allow for this.
  • Staff are encouraged not to heat their workspaces above 21oC.  For every one degree that an office is overheated, the cost of the heating increases by the equivalent of 8-10%.  Overheating an office creates an atmosphere which can be as unpleasant as a cold office. 
  • Please switch off lights if you are last to leave a room, turn off appliances at the socket at the end of the working day and turn off any printers, chargers, etc during the day if they are not in use.

Water Saving Advice

Everyone uses water each day, whether it be at home or work. There are loads of really small changes that you could make which all add up to make a big difference – especially to your pocket and the environment!  See more at:


Benefits of purchasing biodiversity friendly products for people to use in work and at home. This could include: FSC certified wood products, rainforest alliance products, responsible clothing choices such as People Tree, alternative cleaning products like ecover or neal's yard.


Electricity Consumption Report:  February 2015

Consumption (kwh) 7,404 11,779
Emissions CO2 (kg)
3,632 5,849
Cost (£) 769 1,237

Environmental Policy Statement