UPDATE: We've got a Silver Award! There's still lots to do to achieve gold for our sustainable working practices, and we're looking for volunteers to help us develop some fun and interesting initiatives.
The Green Impact team is committed to ensuring our department and the way we work supports the institutional environmental sustainability policy. We are currently focusing on the Radcliffe Primary Care Building and are working with our Gibson Building Champion to support the Gibson Building.
Green Impact is an initiative led by the National Union of Students, and in our department is part of the Better Workplace Group. Our departmental senior champion is John Powell.
If you have questions, tips or ideas - or you would like to join the team, please feel free to contact Karen Morecroft.
Did you know...
Our department's newest building boasts has some nifty green features:
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 "scap book" your leftover single-sided sheets.
Use tap water for meetings - there's no need to order in bottled water. Jugs and glasses are available.
Take a bike, not a taxi
Departmental standard & electric bikes are available as a means to get to and from external meetings around Oxford.
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
9 department members took part in the RSPB Birdwatch from the RPC Briscoe Library between 12-1pm on 29 January. While only the Pied Wagtails were spotted landing (could they be our resident birds?), we spotted several birds in the vicinity:
Pied Wagtail – 2
Crow – 1
Red kite – 1
Feral pigeon – 9
Gull – 1
Black bird – 2
Starling – 4
Unidentified - 7
The University's commitment
The University of Oxford is committed to reducing the environmental impact of departments in line with its Environmental Sustainability Policy.
Waste audit - April 2017
The Green Impact Team carried out an audit of the bins in the Radcliffe Primary Care Building in April 2017. Our report and recommendations can be found here.
Staff vote - the results
At our last Green Impact Coffee Morning, we asked staff to vote on the most important of four areas where our team could focus our efforts. The results are in:
- VDUs - can we reduce their energy consumption?
- Paper-light meetings
- Sustainable travel to meetings
- Teabag recycling
We are developing actions to address these issues.
Tips for how you can use your computer sustainably.
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.
Alternatives to travelling to meetings
The department has several alternatives for travelling to meetings
The university’s new phone system chorus can be used to set up teleconferences using the online interface, information on how to set up conferences can be found here
The department has two Skype accounts set up for general use. For log-in details click here (SSO required)
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.