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 lead is 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
Our IT team is currently refreshing its pages on sustainability. More to come soon...
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.
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.
The University is committed to helping staff, students and visitors to choose ways of travelling on a day to day basis that make the least impact on our environment:
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.
Our department has a pool of standard & electric bikes available as a means to get to and from external meetings around Oxford. Just pop along to reception to book out a bike.
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.