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Queen's Activity Challenge

Active Travel Month is here and we are encouraging you to get outside and get active!

The benefits of getting active outside include improving your wellbeing as well as your physical and mental health. So why not take advantage of the current weather and get outside with your friends, family and colleagues! When meeting please remember to follow government guidelines, and ensure you social distance.

As part of Active Travel Month, Queen’s Environmental and Staff Wellbeing Team will be launching the ‘Activity Challenge’, which replaces the Pedometer Challenge, from 15th June to 10th July.

For more information on Active Travel Month and the Activity Challenge please click here.

Sustainability and Climate Change Series

The School of Biological Science are launching a new online series entitled ‘Sustainability and Climate Change in Northern Ireland’!

This series focuses on the sustainability work being undertaken to tackle climate change and sustainability both within Northern Ireland and globally.

The series kicks of with Professor John Barry on Monday 15th June, 3 – 4pm.

For more information, and to register, please click here.

QUB Garden Hedgehog Survey

Do you want to find out if you have hedgehogs in your garden? If so, tune into the QUB Garden Hedgehog Survey to discover if your garden is home to these brilliant creatures!

Hedgehog Friendly Campus is hosting a webinar just for QUB Staff and students on Tuesday 30 June, 12 – 1.30pm.

For more information, including how to register, click here

Queen’s Green Recipe Book

Have you been cooking more with less during lockdown? In an effort to move towards greener living, staff in DASA are compiling recipes for a cookbook, and are extending the invite to the wider Queen's staff community to share your sustainable lockdown recipes.

You may have found a great recipe for using local produce, or using up leftover items in your cupboard. Or perhaps you have been eating more vegetarian or vegan meals during lockdown. Staff are encouraged to have fun cooking the recipe and then send it in along with a picture of the finished item/recipe (preferably including the cook).

All recipes will be published in the first ever Queen's Green Recipe Book. This project has been funded by the Queen’s Green Fund.

Please submit your recipe here by 5.00pm on Friday 10 July.

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The independently organised TedxQUB was hosted virtually on 10 June with speakers including a number of QUB Academics who offered informed opinion pieces and reflections on the changes taking place around us as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

To catch up on TedxQUB 2020 click here.

A number of these talks focused on sustainability themes:

  • Dr Agustina Martire, ‘Taking back the Street. COVID-19 as a Catalyst of Shared Space. (Time: 1:05:17)
  • Pro John Barry, “Building Back Better: A Green and Just Recovery”. (Time: 1:30:01)
  • Dr Deepti Adlakha, “Post Pandemic Cities: Design Factors for Health and Equality”. (Time: 1:37:23)

Teams Sustainability Champion Network

To keep up to date on all things Green at Queen's make sure you join the Teams Sustainability Champion Network

This network provides you with the opportunity to chat with fellow green minded people, ask questions, discover what resources and events are taking place, and finally, read the latest Green at Queen's E-Zine!

Climate Conscious Living

Are you working from home and looking for top tips on how to green your lifestyle?

Check out our Climate Conscious Living tips here. Or you can see a different tip via the Staff Round Up every Monday!

Nicola Mallon, Minister for Infrastructure, will appoint a Walking and Cycling Champion

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced details of the first new pop-up cycle lanes for Belfast as part of her ongoing drive to deliver sustainable infrastructure.

For more information on where these pop-up cycle lanes will be located please click here

Grow Your Own (GYO) Competition

The Environmental Team challenged staff and students to take part in Queen’s GYO Competition whilst at home!

Queen's community have responded brilliantly, and you can click here to see what's been happening. 

If you do decide to take part make sure you send the Environmental Team regular updates via the QUB Sustainable Champions Teams Group. This can include videos and pictures.


For more information on how to start growing your own fruit and veg click here.

While planting out your veg patch or pots do not forget to feed the bees! Check out what you can do to help bees in your garden here.

Below are a few top tips from Queen's Head Gardener, Paul Wallace:

  • Consider growing courgettes as they are very easy to grow, a large crop is produced, and you can make a range of delicious meals from them! Make sure you sow them on their sides (so the seeds do not rot), keep them well fed with tomato feed (they are a hungry veg) and keep them warm until they have sprouted.
  • Paul's top 10 pollinators for bees! Antirrhinum (“snap dragon”), Aquilegia, Borage, Chives, Hellenium, Hollyhock, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and Echinops (“Globe thistle”).
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How is Coronavirus affecting animals?

We can see how the coronavirus has effected our everyday lives, but what about animals? 

Dr Neil Reid from the School of Biological Science explores how Covid-19 has impacted a wide variety of animals.

Click here to read the full story.


Covid-19, the Economy and why ‘Green’ Policy Initiatives are a Good Choice

Research, based on surveys of more than 200 of the world’s most senior economists and economic officials, suggests that focusing on climate–friendly “green” policy initiatives following the Covid-19 lockdown could not only help shift the world closer to a net–zero emissions pathway, but could also offer the best economic returns for government spending.

In a new study, forthcoming in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, researchers explored the economic pros and cons of government spending on different post–crisis recovery policies, including some that would be climate–friendly and others that would not.

You can read the full article here.

Queen's Green Award - Register your Interest!

Queen’s new environmental pilot scheme registration is now open. 

The new programme, Queen's Green Award, will help Schools and Directorates create a bespoke long-term action plan focusing on the greatest opportunities for environmental improvement within their area. For more information on the new programme please click here

To register your interest in the Green at Queen's Programme please email

For further information, contact the Environmental team at

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