Teleconferencing, Video Conferencing and Skype
Teleconferencing, video conferencing and Skype can be used as an alternative to travelling to meetings. Queen's University offers video conferencing facilities. Further information can be found here - Video Conferencing Facilities at Queen's
Steps up with the Stairs
A 15-second lift journey consumes as much energy as a 60W light bulb does in an hour. Get your steps up by taking the stairs instead of the lift (if possible).
There are many refill stations at Queen's. Free water is available for staff in the Student Guidance Centre kitchens. Free tea/coffee is available in the Student Guidance Centre HUB for students. The Main Site Tower (beside Junction Cafe) has a water refill station for all.
Bring Your Own Mug
We encourage everyone to bring your own mug, travel mug, durable water bottle or glass to use while working or attending meetings etc. as it will help reduce waste. International Student Support provides mugs and glasses at meetings organised in the Student Guidance Centre.
Staff and Student wellbeing is of paramount importance. Queen's offers a range of services and activities for both staff and students.
Our use of water and energy are closely linked. A major source of emissions is from using hot water within homes. Reducing the time you shower or the amount of hot water you use for cleaning dishes therefore has a significant impact on your personal carbon footprint.
More information on saving water can be found here Waterwise
Buying Fairtrade is easy. There are over 4,500 Fairtrade products from coffee and tea to flowers and gold, so when you shop, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark. Fairtrade Products
Why Buy Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. More Info Available Here
Creating a 'Greener' Office
We have lots of ideas to create a 'greener' office!
Only print if necessary; then print double-sided, recycle incoming envelopes, go paperless at meetings, create PDF publications, recycle unconfidential paper as scrap note paper, use electronic sticky notes, don't use disposable cups, have a stationery amnesty ...
Green Impact Events for your Diary!
Big Spring Clean (20th March 2019) - Register Now!
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! The Student Guidance Centre recycling information can be found in the Operations Manual (Appendix B).
Queen's A-Z Guide to Waste and Recycling provides further information on recycling within Queen's.
Together we can make a difference! There are many ways to save energy, below we provide some suggestions:
- Turn off all lights and electrical appliances when not in use. (Except Xerox machines that remain on at all times). Where possible, use energy saving bulbs.
- Turn down radiators when possible and ensure they are not blocked by furniture. (Don't have radiators on and windows open at the same time).
- Monitors should be set to go on standby mode after five minutes of inactivity.
- Close blinds at end of day to help retain heat.
- Report any leaking taps, draughts, heating issues or similiar problems to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Personal electrical appliances are discouraged e.g. fans, heaters.
Transport and Travel
Staff travelling into work in their own cars is one of the University’s environmental impacts. Queen’s University offer many travel schemes, that encourage the use of public transport, walking or cycling, including a car share club, Cycle+ Scheme and Staff Travel to Work Loan Scheme.
External visitors are encouraged to use more energy efficient forms of transport, such as cycling or public transport.
Further information is available here - Queen's Transport and Travel Guidance