Queen's has launched a new 'Climate-friendly Holiday Shutdown' campaign that recognises that the impact of small changes and actions by a large number of us working together as a staff community can make a big difference.
At Queen's, we believe that reducing emissions in response to the growing threat of global climate change, delivering environmental change through the impact of innovative research taking place here to solve some of the world's key energy and sustainability challenges and through educating students, staff and our society in all aspects of climate change are fundamental responsibilities. As is ensuring that our students leave Queen's with the skills and understanding of environmental and social sustainability required to thrive in tomorrow's workplaces and to support a sustainable future for us all.
These are core objectives to which we can all contribute, but the impact of small changes and actions by a large number of us at a local level can also make a big difference.
As part of a new campaign, we are transforming how we approach and measure energy use within the University over the holiday period by monitoring usage on a building basis – rather than in individual units. This reflects the reality that responding to the growing threat of global climate change and creating a sustainable future requires us to work together more collaboratively and to break down silos to achieve real change. This year will set the benchmark for the new approach and all colleagues are asked to take steps as individuals and together as a community ahead of the holiday closure.
Damien Toner, Director of Estates, said: "We know that staff at Queen's feel deeply about our responsibility to deliver environmental change – as evidenced by our early outperformance of our 2020 Carbon Management Plan target this year – and we are calling on all colleagues to do the right thing as we prepare to shutdown for the holiday period. Combatting climate change requires a collective response so it is important that we all work together as one team to help reduce environmental impact by preventing unnecessary energy use during the closure."
Over the next two weeks, staff are asked to:
On Friday 20 December, please:
In office areas, remember to:
In laboratory areas, remember to:
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