Become an Environmental Champion

What is an Environmental Champion?

Being an environmental champion means being an advocate for good environmental practices within the University; and being passionate, interested and willing to learn about the environmental issues which are impacting at a local, national and global level.


You will be part of a network of volunteers who have a keen interest in playing their part to reduce the environmental impact of the University. Expertise in, or extensive awareness of, environmental issues is not required – the important criteria are enthusiasm, interest, and a willingness to take on the role.


What will I be expected to do?

  • Be a point of first contact for staff on environmental issues
  • Make staff in your area aware of University environmental initiatives
  • Work with other champions to promote good environmental practice in your area
  • Identify and suggest opportunities for environmental improvement in your area and the wider University
  • Participate in walkabouts with fellow champions and other members of staff to identify environmental improvement opportunities
  • Provide feedback from staff to the carbon management team on environmental initiatives/ opportunities
  • Provide feedback to other staff, managers and the carbon management team on progress in implementing environmental improvements in your School/Directorate
  • Liaise with other champions across the range of Schools/Directorates.


What support will i receive?

  • Bi-monthly ezine of environmental news at the University
  • Calendar of events, to be made available to teams each month
  • A number of workshops designed at improving knowledge of environmental issues
  • Opportunity to participate in Green Impact, an Environmental Awards Scheme, to reward and celebrate the work being undertaken by champions.
  • Student Volunteer Assistants to support with the implementation of environmental initiatives
  • Information and templates to be posted on Environmental Notice Boards
  • Access to a dedicated intranet site, to include an online forum where champions can exchange ideas, experiences etc. (Queen’s online)


Top Tips

  • Ask your colleagues to help – make it fun.  Perhaps hold a coffee morning to herald the beginning of an environmental journey
  • Ensure senior management support. This will make environmental initiatives much easier to implement
  • Encourage other staff members to become environmental champions to have added support



Assistant Estates Manager

Nicola Keown

Environmental Officer

Caoimhe O'Neill