UPDATE: We've got a Gold Award!
The Green Impact team is committed to ensuring our department and the way we work supports the institutional environmental sustainability policy.
Green Impact is an initiative led by the National Union of Students. Our departmental senior champion is John Powell and our leads are Charlotte Lee and Charlotte Thompson-Grant
If you have questions, tips or ideas - or you would like to join the team, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
RPC - a smart building
Our building has been designed as a "smart building". This means it self-regulates temperature, generates it's own electricity, and recycles rainwater.
The RPC Building's photovoltaic array generates almost enough to power two average UK homes for a year.
The RPC building uses a rainwater recovery system to flush the toilets.
The intelligently controlled night cooling strategy saves energy.
You can make a difference
Don't forget to print double-sided to save paper. You can also "scrap book" your leftover single-sided sheets. It is also better to print in monochrome and if you have large amounts of copies to print, it is more efficient to print one master and then use the photocopier.
Use tap water for meetings - there's no need to order in bottled water. Jugs and glasses are available in the kitchen and also in the meeting rooms.
Take a bike, not a taxi
Departmental standard & electric bikes are available as a means to get to and from external meetings around Oxford.
The department uses a range of video conferencing, including Skype, Go-to meeting and Zoom. For recommendations, speak to your group administrator.
Your current wish list
At our organic coffee morning in October, we asked members of the department to write down their 'green wishes' for the department. Here are the results:
Clearer recycling signs
A green space to relax/ more benches outside
A bird feeder
Pool IT equipment to remove duplication and e-waste
Turn things off overnight
The Green Impact team plan to look at this wish list and put forward a plan of action.
Alternatives to travelling to meetings
The department has several alternatives for travelling to meetings:
Have you spotted a problem?
Have you found a dripping tap? Or perhaps you are aware of another issue in the building that is leading to wastage. If this is the case, please report your concern to Jessy Morton in the first instance.
WARP-it allows University staff to post unwanted (useable) items from University of Oxford, colleges or permanent private halls to share within the collegiate University.
Tips for how you can use your computer sustainably.