The Queen’s Green Fund empowers staff and students to create and deliver projects within their area that benefit the environment, Queen’s and our local community. Financial funding of up to £1500 for each team will be provided for the best proposals.
We look for original projects which will promote environmental awareness amongst staff and students, impact the wider Queen's community, support the University’s low carbon vision and commitment to becoming a world leader in environmental sustainability, and demonstrate collaboration across Schools and Faculties and between staff and students.
Pots and Plants for Finance
The Finance Directorate was awarded £600 to ‘Green’ their office.
Indoor plants have been shown to benefit staff in a number of ways, including enhancing air quality in the office and improving wellbeing. The group were extremely savvy with their funds, and sourced free plants and pots through the ‘Trash Nothing’ app.
Queen’s Wildlife Cameras
The Porters received £363 to place three motion sensitive cameras throughout the university campus.
This project will increase staff, student and the local community’s awareness of sustainability practices and biodiversity within the campus. You can view footage from the cameras, and spot the range of wildlife on campus, by visiting our Biodiversity page.
Turning the Tide Against Plastic Waste
The Polymer Processing Research Centre received £1200 to host a number of events which focused on raising awareness of the positive contribution plastics make to everyday life.
The events were also designed to support better-informed decision making around the use, reuse, recycling and disposal of plastic.
Physics Sky Garden
The School of Physics received £1500 to enhance their balcony overlooking Botanic Gardens.
By implementing this Green Fund Project staff and students have provided a wellbeing space and a vital home for wildlife in a busy urban area.
Marine Explorers Outreach Programme
The Marine Lab in Portaferry received £500 to support their Marine Explorers Outreach Programme.
The programme aims to build on Northern Ireland’s marine and maritime heritage by increasing awareness of the value, opportunities and social benefits of our ocean wealth and identity. For more information on the programme, please visit our Student Initiatives page.
Green at Queen’s Society
The Green at Queen’s Society received £1500 to establish a community garden space at Elms Village.
The aim of this project was to promote the importance of green spaces around the university, increase biodiversity, and support mental wellbeing and mindfulness by providing an area for relaxation. For more information on the project, please visit our Student Initiatives page.
Marine Laboratory – Recyclable Gloves
The Portaferry Marine Labs received £750 to replace the 4750 disposable nitrile gloves they use annually with recyclable gloves from Kimberley Clark.
The Research and Enterprise Directorate was awarded £600 to provide their staff with plants.
Their motivation was to clean the air of harmful toxins and offer a calm, welcoming atmosphere for staff, students and visitors.
‘Creating Our Vision for a Greener Future’
Amanda Slevin from School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work received £1500 to host a number of exciting and unique collaborative events between students and staff.
These events focused on the subjects of climate change and sustainability. Arts-based methods were used to communicate the principle environmental sustainability in a non-formal and educational manner, helping to promote sustainability values within Queen’s and raise public awareness of important environmental issues.
Green Digital Comic
The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering was awarded £1500 to create a digital comic.
The comic aims to entertain and educate its audience in all aspects of Sustainability and Carbon Management here at Queen’s.