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Welcome to our brand new Green at Queen's E-Zine. The E-Zine will continue to be updated monthly, but will now include information on funding opportunities, sustainability events, training, articles and more!

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This section details Queen's sustainability events, training, campaigns and more.

Green Flag Awards 2022/2023

Queen's University Belfast are pleased to announce we have won the Green Flag and Green Heritage Awards again this year for the Lanyon Site. We also won Commended in the Green Flag Pollinator Award for our 'No Mow' Areas (found at Ashby Hill, DKB Quad and Riddel Hall)!

We had a brilliant day at the awards ceremony which took place at Brownlow House in Lurgan and had the privilege of listening to Colin Stafford-Johnson (wildlife cameraman) discuss biodiversity and the importance of the Green Flag Award.

Well done to our Grounds and Gardening Team for all their hard work- our campus is kept to such a high standard, and we couldn't do it without them!

Read more about the Green Flag Awards.

Green Gown Awards 2022/2023

Green at Queen’s are pleased to announce that the Big Loop Bike Hub has been shortlisted in the ‘Money For Good’ category of the Green Gown Awards 2022.

We are very happy to highlight the fantastic work completed by the bike hub and The Turnaround Project.

Additionally, we are pleased to highlight that one of Queen’s PhD researchers, Joseph Fitzpatrick Ireland, has been shortlisted for an Individual Award in the ‘Research with Impact’ category of the Green Gown Awards. His work on Geothermal Energy systems in Northern Ireland is incredibly interesting and is raising awareness for geothermal energy and its potential in Northern Ireland. Well done Joseph and good luck at the awards!

Sky Garden Launch

On 17th June, the Maths and Physics Sky Garden was officially launched by the Maths and Physics Green Team, with staff and students enjoying a reception in celebration of the completion of the project.

The Maths and Physics Sky Garden was imagined by the Green Team within the School of Mathematics and Physics. Staff and students wanted to create a green space that provided a home for wildlife, whilst enhancing a tired space and providing a vital wellbeing area for their staff and students.

Using funds committed from the School, along with financial support from Estates, staff and students within Physics, the Gardening Team and the Estates Directorate all worked together to recreate the existing balcony into an area with seating and planters, encouraging all users to enjoy views of Botanic Park and their own garden.

LEAF (Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework)

A pilot lab sustainability program, called LEAF has recently been launched at Queen’s University, exploring how labs across campus can become more aware of their sustainability. LEAF is a sustainable lab certification program, helping labs to gauge if they are following sustainable practices in their teaching and research. The cross Faculty pilot has already started, with Professor Alan Stitt as academic lead.

The program will aim to embed good sustainability practises within participating University laboratories, with a view to rolling out across all labs at the University.

The following schools are participating in the pilot:

  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Medicine and Biomedical Science
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Maths and Physics
  • School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

For more information on how to get involved, please contact

A recent story has been written by one of our senior lab technicians, Maria Rea (PGJCCR), on the importance of making our labs more sustainable. Maria has worked at Queen's as a technician for over 39 years, so has learned to adapt to change as lab equipment and technologies advanced.

BLOG: Making our laboratories greener with LEAF

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Carbon Literacy Training

Queen’s University Belfast and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful have developed a Carbon Literacy training course tailored to the requirements of students and staff in Northern Ireland. The course is bespoke to Queen’s and accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project.

The training offers students an awareness of climate change science, and the climate impacts of our everyday actions, as well as building confidence, knowledge, skills and motivation to empower individuals and organisations to play a crucial role in responding to the climate crisis. Students then complete a Carbon Literacy Evidence form which is sent to The Carbon Literacy Project to become Carbon Literate.

We have now successfully completed 4 student Carbon Literacy Training courses, with over 150+ students now certified as Carbon Literate and are in the process of running 2 staff courses.

For more information, contact

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Big Loop Bike Hub

The Big Loop Bike Hub at Queen's has been up and running since October, gaining traction with staff and students. This is the latest initiative that encourages an alternative method to travelling by car, helping to reduce congestion on campus and lower staff and student carbon footprints across the university. So far this year, additional cycle parking for 124 bikes has been installed across the campus, including new secure cycle parking. The Bike Hub offers a wide range of services, such as: leasing and purchasing refurbished second-hand bikes, safety equipment, puncture repair and more.

For more information, including booking bikes in for services, visit the hub’s webpage or call into the Bike Hub itself, located on Level 1 of the Administration Building (opposite the McClay Library).

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!

What's On

This section offers information on external sustainability events, campaigns and webinars happening each month.

Cycle to Work Day

When? 4th August

Cycling to Work Day sees millions take to the saddle each year. There are many benefits of cycling to work: cycling is a form of sustainable travel and contributes to a greener planet, saves you money spent on petrol or train tickets and helps you get fit in the process. Many also find that cycling to work helps them feel motivated and energetic throughout their workday. Forget runners high. Cycling success seems to be the new thing.

At Queen’s we provide facilities for bike users across the campus. Bike stands are available across the University, as well as shower and locker facilities. Similarly, if you want to cycle to work but don’t have the right equipment, our CyclePlus Scheme offers staff the opportunity to obtain a bicycle and safety equipment at a discounted price by way of ‘salary sacrifice’.

If your bike is in need of some TLC, then why not visit our Big Loop Bike Hub on Level 1 of the Administration Building? There, you can see our bike specialists for bike services, bike leasing and more! If you would like to book in for a service, then visit the Big Loop Bike’s servicing page.

Big Butterfly Count 2022

From 18th – 22nd July, the Sustainability Team completed butterfly surveys as part of the Big Butterfly Count 2022 within our ‘No Mow’ Areas – DKB Quad, Ashby Hill and Riddell Hall. We found lots of butterflies in our ‘No Mow’ Areas, including species such as the Common White, Common Brown, Meadow Brown and even the Common Blue!

Unfortunately, the Big Butterfly Count over the last few years has shown a decline in butterfly numbers across the U.K and Ireland. Half of the UK’s 58 resident butterfly species are listed as “threatened” or “near threatened” with extinction, according to the latest Red List, while common species such as the small tortoiseshell are also becoming less abundant. Butterflies are declining more rapidly in urban areas than in the countryside.

However, due to the presence of No Mow Areas on campus, QUB are happy to see butterflies thriving in these areas, and we are glad to support not only butterflies but all pollinators as part of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.

National Allotments Week

8th – 14th August

This year, the National Allotments Week theme is Bugs, Bees and Broccoli, and acknowledges the importance of gardening with nature in mind.

Our allotment up at Elm’s BT9 is a great example of a thriving eco-system, with a great variety of fruit and vegetables- it is a haven for pollinators in busy Belfast! As you can see from the photos, our students are very dedicated to helping out at the allotment, with regular training sessions happening throughout the year. Recently, the students harvested some garlic, sugar snap peas and redcurrants!

National Allotments Week

Queen's Net Zero Journey

This section provides a small update of Queen's Net Zero progress.

Queen's Net Zero Journey to date

We are planning the next stage in our sustainability journey and the development of a new University Climate Strategy. This Strategy will see the University set a more ambitious target of net-zero emissions by a defined date. 

To inform and develop our Strategy we will be commencing a ‘Net Zero Conversation’ across the University, we would encourage you to join that conversation and share your thoughts, views and ideas on how we shape our journey to Net Zero.

We will be in touch in the coming weeks with more information on how you can get involved.  If you would require any further information at this stage, please email


This section of the E-Zine is dedicated to highlighting funding opportunities available to staff and students at Queen's.

If you would like additional information on any of the RESEARCH funding opportunities or would like any support with your applications please contact Mary Harte, Research and Enterprise Directorate.

Prioritising Future Research Funding on Planetary Health

NERC, on behalf of UKRI, are seeking the views of the community to help them understand the emerging research priorities in planetary health.

Click here for further information and a survey to submit your thoughts by September 30th, 2022.

Design Exchange Partnerships: Design the Green Transition

Funder: AHRC 

Apply for funding to develop design-based solutions for specific net zero and climate crisis challenges facing UK coastal and island communities.

Budget: £30,000 – £40,000

Deadline: 30th November 2022

For more information visit the website.

Research for a Plastics Circular Economy: Outline Proposals

Funder: EPSRC and BBSRC

This funding opportunity is for interdisciplinary project proposals which address a novel challenge relevant to delivering a more sustainable and, where appropriate, circular plastics system.

Budget: up to £1,750,000 for a 3-year project

Deadline Outline proposals: 15th September 2022

Visit the website for more information.

Advancing Climate Mitigation Policy Solutions with Health Co-benefits

In G7 Countries

Funder: Wellcome

This award will fund collaborations between researchers and policy actors who have a clear opportunity to influence climate mitigation policies with substantial health effects.

Successful applicants will generate evidence that will support policymakers at the national or subnational level in G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA) to advance transformative health-centred changes in the food systems, transport, energy or housing sectors.

Budget: up to £2m per award for up to 3 years

Deadline: 31st October 2022

Visit the website for more information.

Marine Litter Capital Grants Launch

Live Here Love Here have reopened applications for the Marine Litter Capital Grant. The deadline is Friday 16th September 2022.

  • The Marine Litter Capital Grants will support organisations and groups to purchase items to:
  • Prevent litter and plastic pollution from entering the marine environment
  • Enhance the environmental management of a local area to reduce marine litter
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of communities and marine biodiversity recovery by helping to improve and/or maintain the quality of public open spaces
  • Improve the quality of their local environment by changing behaviour through creative concepts to reduce the incidence of littering.

If you think you are eligible or have an idea, then please contact The Sustainability Team to discuss further.


This section is dedicated to highlighting sustainability research papers, blogs, articles and more.


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