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Queen's Green Fund

Green Fund 2022/2023

Queen’s Green Fund will launch in September 2022. If you would like to remain updated, sign-up to our Green at Queen's E-Zine or email sustainability@qub.ac.uk.

Bring your Green Ideas to Life at Queen's! With £20,000 available to assist with a range of staff and student led projects, what's your green idea?

Queen's Green Fund is returning! Applications for the 2022/2023 academic year will be open very soon...

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.

GREEN FUND PROJECTS TO DATE

For inspiration, please see below a range of successful Green Fund Projects.

Since 2019, 58 applications have been received, and 26 applications have received funding.

For further information on any of the projects please email sustainability@qub.ac.uk.

Queen’s Wildlife Cameras

The Porters received £400 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.

Maths and Physics Sky Garden

The School of Physics received £1500 to enhance their balcony overlooking Botanic Gardens.

Staff and students within the School of Mathematics and Physics have created a wonderful home for wildlife whilst ensuring the space provides a vital wellbeing area for staff and students. The Green Team within the school have planted a range of species that were specifically chosen to enhance the biodiversity of the area – lavender, ivy, apple trees and a range of herbs

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.

Elms Village Allotment

Elms Village received £1500 to establish a community garden space within their green area.

The aim of this project was to promote an understanding of where our food comes from, increase biodiversity, support mental wellbeing and mindfulness by providing an area for relaxation. For more information on the project, please visit our Student Initiatives page.

‘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.

Green Future Media

Green Future Media, a student-led online multimedia project, was created by the Broadcast Production Department within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Green Future Media is a website which showcases sustainability-related media work by Queen's students. The project was conceived and is run by Broadcast lecturer Don Duncan.

The website contains stories about people in Belfast striving for zero-waste lifestyles; farmers caught between the need to survive and the need to farm sustainably; 'eco-anxiety' among young couples; the havoc that plastic waste is playing along our coastline; and even some tales from the future...

 Green Future Media website: https://www.greenfuturemediaqub.com/ 

Tackling Period Poverty

Queen's University Student, Tara from the School of Archaeology, decided to tackle period poverty within Queen's campus.

Tara recieved £1500 to implement plastic free sanitary products at key locations across the campus. This project had multiple benefits including tackling period poverty, reducing the amount of plastics entering our environment and addressing period stigma.