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School of Mathematics and Physics

Green Impact

Welcome to the School of Mathematics and Physics Green Impact page.
Please read below for advice on how staff and students can contribute to reducing the School's carbon impact.

Native American proverb: "We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."

The School Green Impact Team Membership can be viewed here.


The following facilities are available:

  • Cardboard: Fully flat pack and to be neatly (without causing any obstruction) left beside kitchen bins for collection by cleaning staff.
  • Paper: Paper waste should be placed in the bins throughout the School buildings. Replacement white recycling bags can be obtained from the School Offices.
  • Plastic Bottles and Cans: Plastic bottle and can bins are provided in the kitchen areas, as well as conveniently located throughout the School buildings.
  • Books: Bring books in for recycling! Books in good condition can be donated to an organisation called Better World Books. Please contact the School General Office.
  • Batteries: Bin located beside the post boxes, ground floor, Main Physics and also in the School General Office, Main Physics.
  • Printer cartridges/toner: All Xerox cartridges / toners are automatically returned direct to the supplier.
  • Electrical Items: Please take all items in the lift to lower ground, where there is a cage outside the lift for secure drop off. If you have any queries in regards to items for disposal, please contact Pat McGuigan (Physics Deliveries). The School Inventory Officer, Jackie Patrick ( must always be informed in advance of any electrical equipment disposal that is on the equipment inventory list.
  • Noticeboard: A noticeboard highlighting environmental issues will be located on the Ground Floor, Main Physics.

Further information can be found in the A-Z Guide to Waste and Recycling.

Reducing Waste

  • Email instead of print! If you need to print, then make sure it's double-sided and only use colour when essential.
  • Academic staff should add student resources to Queen's Online rather than hand out photocopies where appropriate.
  • Students should also avail of the student resources via Queen's Online and SharePoint, rather than print off inessential materials.
  • Use tap water for meetings rather than bottled water. There are water fountains located within the Main Physics building.
  • BYO: Bring your own coffee/tea cup to a meeting rather than use disposable cups.
  • Ordering catering? Ask caterers 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.


  • Tips for travelling to, from and around our campus are available here.
  • Cycle+ Scheme
    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 is available at
    Details of the nearest cycle storage are available at the University Cycle Plus site. The nearest shower and changing facilities are available and the form to request access can be found here.
  • Car Sharing Scheme
    The cycle mileage allowance for travelling by bicycle on University business is 10p 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.
  • Interest free loan scheme for staff
    The University has an interest-free loan scheme for staff to buy bus or rail passes.


  • Heating or ventilation issues should be reported to the Building Liaison Officer.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, sometimes Mondays can be cold in the office.
  • Switch off lights, chargers, etc. if you are last to leave a room.
  • Switch off your PC if you are going to a meeting.
  • Think Smart!

If you are interested in becoming an environmental champion or would like to be involved in the School Green Impact plan then please contact