Research & Enterprise
Green Impact

Making a Difference

The Research & Enterprise Directorate is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and promoting ways to be 'Green', in support of the University's Environmental Policy Statement.

Visit the University's 'Sustainability at Queen's' website for lots of useful information and advice.


  • Confidential waste – there are confidential waste bins in most offices, and at each MFD (Xerox printer/copier). Bags and tags are located in the ground floor store. If you are having a clear out and need a large number of bags, please contact Reception to order these.
  • Non-confidential paper – you can place any A4 paper printed on one side only into the cardboard trays at each MFD. This can be reused internally as notepaper, etc. Alternatively, there are general paper bins in the first floor common area and the second floor restroom corridor.
  • Plastic – plastic bottles can be disposed of in the bins located beside the ground and first floor kitchens, at the first floor common area, and in the second floor restroom corridor.
  • Cardboard – leave at Reception or place directly in the large cardboard bin in the back car park. Please flat pack all boxes.
  • Cans – bins for metal cans are found in the ground floor and first floor kitchens, and in the second floor restroom corridor.
  • Batteries – there is a receptacle for used batteries on the ground floor, near the restrooms.
  • Glass – glass jars, bottles etc can be left in the designated bin in the first floor common area. Please remove any lids and rinse of food residue. 
  • Food waste – there are food waste bins in the ground floor kitchen, first floor common area, and in Reception/KTP Office. Green bags are in the cutlery drawer (if you need any please notify Reception). Tie these when they’re half full and dispose of in the brown bin in the back car park.
  • Toners – leave empty Xerox toners and used personal printer toners in the respective recycling boxes in the ground floor storeroom.

Details of further recycling facilities will be added to this page once they become available. Further information can be found at the Sustainability at Queen's Waste and Recycling page.


Please turn off lights if you are last to leave a room, switch 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 (except for the Xerox MFDs). Monitors should be set to go into standby mode after five minutes of inactivity.

Close window blinds at end of the day, think about investing in a desk lamp (with energy saving bulb!), and switch off kitchen equipment when not in use (eg microwave).

Turn down any radiators that aren’t needed, making sure they aren't blocked by boxes or furniture, and keep windows closed if the AC is on. Use of personal heaters or desk fans is discouraged.

Take the stairs, rather than the lift. Save energy AND get fit!

If you come across any heating issues, drips or draughts in the building, report promptly to Reception for action.

The Directorate has teleconferencing facilities that can be used as an alternative to travelling to meetings, and wifi throughout the building means you can also use Skype. Ask at Reception if you need further information about this. In addition, the University offers videoconferencing facilities. Go to for more information.

Reducing Waste and Effective Use of Resources

Printing from your computer is automatically set to double-sided, but remember to manually select this option on the MFDs when you’re photocopying.

Incoming envelopes are collected at Reception for reuse by all staff.

Almost all of our meeting rooms are equipped with large screens and wifi access, so it’s easy to go paperless! If you choose this option, advise visitors in advance that documents will be shown on a screen during the meeting so they might not need hard copies. If you have a query about room facilities, get in touch with Reception or any of the Green Impact team members.

When you’re producing publications such as brochures, reports, etc, only order what you need. Make PDF copies available online.

Reuse your travel mug as much as possible! Local coffee shops often offer incentives such as money off your drink or extra loyalty stamps, so always ask. If they don't, this might even encourage them to implement one.

Filter coffee machines are provided for staff use in the first floor common area. There's a 'How to Use' guide on the wall. Remember to refill if you use the last cup, wash when needed, and inform Reception if supplies are running low.

When ordering catering you can request they don’t provide disposable paper cups, and instead use the ones in the first floor common area (14 plain white mugs, in a marked cupboard). If you do so, please wash and put them away afterwards.

Use the jugs and glasses provided in the first floor common area, rather than ordering bottles of water. There's a filtered water tap in this kitchen, and another in the ground floor kitchen.

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. 

WARPit, the University’s corporate E-bay/Freecycle network, allows staff to redistribute unwanted and underused assets within Queen’s. This avoids unnecessary purchases, saving money and reducing waste going to landfill. Register to use the facility here


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 on the scheme is available at, including 2020 dates for the popular 'Cycle to Work Breakfast' events. Put them in your calendar now!

The Directorate has a secure cycle storage hut at the rear of the building. If you require access, please contact Tom Edgar. Details of alternative secure cycle storage can be found at the University Cycle Plus site. 

The Research & Enterprise building has its very own shower, for use by all Directorate staff. There are also other similar facilities throughout the University. Locations of these, and the form to request access, can be found here.

The cycle mileage allowance for travelling by bicycle on University business is 20p per mile.

Information on the University's car-sharing scheme can be viewed here 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.

Encourage external visitors to use more energy efficient forms of transport, such as cycling or public transport. Direct them here for further details on travelling to/from the University by bus or train.

The University has an interest-free loan scheme for staff to buy bus or rail passes. Go to the University's Sustainable Travel page and click on the 'Travel Card' drop down box for details.

Visit the Sustainable Travel website for more information on all of the above and to view the University's Travel Plan.

Staff Wellbeing

The University organises regular Staff Wellbeing events, and the Directorate is currently running a series of related activities. Keep an eye out for our R&E Wellbeing Champion's emails, or visit the University's Wellbeing website.

Biodiversity Friendly and Fairtrade Products

As we use more of our natural resources we are destroying the natural habitat of many species. For example, expanding production and pulp wood harvesting threatens some of the last remaining natural forests and the people and wildlife that depend on them. We can help reverse this by using biodiversity friendly products at work and in our home. These include FSC certified wood products, Rainforest Alliance products, responsible clothing choices such as People Tree, and alternative cleaning products like Ecover and Neal’s Yard.

With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.

Important Dates/Events 2020

Fairtrade Fortnight: 24 February – 8 March 2020

Green Week: 23-27 March 2020 (details released in Feb)

Big Spring Clean: March 2020 (date tbc)

Bike to Work Breakfasts: starting March 2020 (dates tbc)

Active Travel Week: June 2020 (date tbc)

If you have suggestions for Green events or environmental initiatives, contact the Green Team. We value your input! New members are always welcome, so please get in touch with if you'd like to sign up.

Follow us on Twitter for lots of fun photos and tips, and regularly check our noticeboard in the first floor common area!