Carbon Management

Queen's Carbon Journey

The University sector has been identified by the Government as key to delivering carbon reduction across the United Kingdom. Queen's is committed to improving its environmental performance and fundamentally changing the way it works so that it becomes an environmentally sustainable low carbon organisation. 

Students

Students have a key role in improving the environmental performance of Queen's and all students living in Queen's Accommodation are expected to be aware of their responsibility to reduce energy usage and recycle where possible.

Accommodation and Hospitality runs a number of initiatives to make students aware of the difference they can make by being more environmentally aware.

For some hints and tips on ways you can conserve energy click here: Help Save the Planet at Home  

 

Travel Guide

If you are travelling to Queen’s accommodation a handy guide has been developed detailing differing travel modes to and from the University along with sustainable alternatives for each travel mode.  A key feature of the guide is a map detailing all public transport links to the majority of University's key buildings (kindly produced by Translink).  To download an electronic copy, please click here.  

 

What we are doing?

              • Recycling facilities are available at the Elms Village and Queen's Houses
              • Battery recycling at Elms Village Reception and the Treehouse Reception
              • Vegetable patch to grow your own vegetables and herbs
              • Energy switch off competitions and Swap shop evenings

 

 

Accommodation and Hospitality Environmental Statement

Accommodation and Hospitality are committed to influencing staff and the residential student population to carry out the following:

  • Engage in the carbon reduction events and initiatives
  • Reduce their utility usage by thoughtful consumption and actively recycle and reuse materials

 

For further information on the Queen's University Carbon Management Programme and becoming an environmental champion please click  here.

 

Recycling in Elms Village

Each kitchen has three recycling bags which are clearly labelled. We encourage all students to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, tin and glass. Dry recycling facilities are located throughout Elms Village and a glass recycle area is located opposite the Treehouse.

Residents are responsible for taking their recyclable materials to the recycle points on a regular basis - the housekeeping staff  DO NOT remove these materials.

All glass bottles and jars must be taken to the glass recycling point. Glass must not be put in the general waste as this may result in injury of residents or housekeeping staff.

 

Recycling in Queen's Houses

Each kitchen has three recycling bags which are clearly labelled. We encourage all students to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, tin and glass. There is no glass recycling available in Grant House or 76 Malone Road, however, residents of these houses can use the facilities at the Elms Village opposite the Treehouse.

Residents are responsible for taking their recyclable materials to the recycle points located at the rear of the properties on a regular basis - the housekeeping staff  DO NOT remove these materials.

All glass bottles and jars must be taken to the glass recycling point. Glass must not be put in the general waste as this may result in injury of residents or housekeeping staff.

General Environmental/Champions

Sara Lynch
T +44 (0) 28 9097 1198
E s.lynch@qub.ac.uk

 

Waste Management

Nicola Keown
T +44 (0) 28 9097 1167
E nicola.keown@qub.ac.uk

 

Operations & Compliance Manager

Richard Robinson
T +44 (0) 28 9097 5511
E r.robinson@qub.ac.uk

Staff

Staff have a key role to play to improve the University’s environmental performance.  Small changes can make a huge impact when it comes to reducing our carbon emissions.

What we are doing?

  • Staff actively recycle paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminium cans and tins, glass, food waste, ink and toner cartridges, batteries and books.
  • Staff participated in a Stationery Amnesty gathering unwanted stationery and distributing it throughout the department preventing items going to landfill.
  • “Switch Off” – all staff are regularly encouraged to turn off all electrical equipment when not in use.
  • The Accommodation and Hospitality team are Bronze and Silver Green Impact Award holders.  Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme with an awards element designed for university departments, in which, University staff take part each academic year to carry out a number of environmental actions to make their workplaces greener.   The team are aiming for Gold in 2014.

 

Biodiversity

Biodiversity describes the whole variety of life on Earth including human life. It incorporates all species of plants and animals, including their genetic variation and the complex ecosystems which they are part of.

The Accommodation and Hospitality team have planted a a ‘Wildlife Hedge’ containing a least 5 native woody plants such as hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, oak ,crab apple and alder and placed bird feeders around the accommodation site.

 

Do your bit for biodiversity

There are many ways in which you can become more nature friendly and contribute to protecting biodiversity both on and off campus.

  • Be responsible when purchasing goods such as clothing; choose from retailers that sell products that are made sustainably and ethically
  • Volunteer some time in helping with biodiversity projects organised by local conservation groups
  • Be aware of the threat of invasive species and the action currently underway to tackle invasive species and know how to identify and report them to the relevant local biodiversity groups

For further information on Carbon Management at Queen’s please click here