Looking after tomorrow is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. We want everyone at Queens to be accountable, by taking responsibility for the part they have to play in making our university more sustainable. Collectively when 3,500 staff and 24,000 students take action that results in a huge positive impact and builds a culture of environmental stewardship. Together we can do this.
We will be recruiting schools and directorates to stand up and be counted, through the accreditation scheme Green Impact which recognises and rewards those taking action to improve our environment. We will also be looking for people to join our network of environmental champions.
Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme with an awards element designed for university departments. University staff take part each academic year and, depending on the number of environmental actions they carry out, can achieve either: ‘working towards accreditation’, or a ‘Bronze’, ‘Silver’ or ‘Gold’ award for making their workplaces greener. The scheme is currently delivered and supported by the National Union of Students (NUS). Last year Queen’s had 48 teams participating.
The Environmental Champion Network is made up of 150+ members of University staff, who are great advocates for sustainability and act as the local point of contact for environmental issues and pass information between staff / students and the environment team.
EVENT: Calling all environmental leaders
On Friday 10th of October 2014 from 12-2pm we will be hosting a Green Impact workshop for returning/existing Green Impact teams. It is open to everyone already registered with the programme who intends to be involved again this academic year.
The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the new Green Impact Workbook, share our calendar of environmental and Green Impact events for the year ahead, and discuss Green Impact in general. The workshop also aims to bring people together to share common environmental problems and potential solutions between the different operational units, in the hope that our champions feel supported and empowered to continue their good work.
This will be an opportunity for you to discuss any issues within your department and to share best practice. If you would like to attend, please email us at email@example.com. This workshop will take place in the Students Union Club Room 3.
Do you know a green hero at queens? Take a photo of them in action and tweet us @greenatqueens