Become an Environmental Champion
What is an Environmental Champion?
Being an environmental champion means being an advocate for good environmental practices within the University; and being passionate, interested and willing to learn about the environmental issues which are impacting at a local, national and global level.
You will be part of a network of volunteers who have a keen interest in playing their part to reduce the environmental impact of the University. Expertise in, or extensive awareness of, environmental issues is not required – the important criteria are enthusiasm, interest, and a willingness to take on the role.
What will I be expected to do?
- Be a point of first contact for staff on environmental issues
- Make staff in your area aware of University environmental initiatives
- Work with other champions to promote good environmental practice in your area
- Identify and suggest opportunities for environmental improvement in your area and the wider University
- Participate in walkabouts with fellow champions and other members of staff to identify environmental improvement opportunities
- Provide feedback from staff to the carbon management team on environmental initiatives/ opportunities
- Provide feedback to other staff, managers and the carbon management team on progress in implementing environmental improvements in your School/Directorate
- Liaise with other champions across the range of Schools/Directorates.
What support will i receive?
- Bi-monthly ezine of environmental news at the University
- Calendar of events, to be made available to teams each month
- A number of workshops designed at improving knowledge of environmental issues
- Opportunity to participate in Green Impact, an Environmental Awards Scheme, to reward and celebrate the work being undertaken by champions.
- Student Volunteer Assistants to support with the implementation of environmental initiatives
- Information and templates to be posted on Environmental Notice Boards
- Access to a dedicated intranet site, to include an online forum where champions can exchange ideas, experiences etc. (Queen’s online)
- Ask your colleagues to help – make it fun. Perhaps hold a coffee morning to herald the beginning of an environmental journey
- Ensure senior management support. This will make environmental initiatives much easier to implement
- Encourage other staff members to become environmental champions to have added support