University club gets green impact status
“The University club has only been on the green impact team for a short time but the progress they seemed to have made is impressive. The staff all seem fully invested in the idea, adding some excellent suggestions in the meetings such as adding recycling bins not only to the shared areas but also to room floors.”
Green Impact Assessor
What is the Green Impact scheme?
Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme that brings together staff and students across the University to play an active role in improving the sustainable practices of their office, building or department. At the end of the year – joined by the Vice-Chancellor – teams, students and management come together to celebrate the part they have played in creating a positive impact at the University.
Now in its fourth year of running, Green Impact is open to teams of all sizes, across the university: any office, building, department, laboratory or college can participate.
Over 3,000 sustainable actions have been completed so far by over 40 teams across the University as a result of Green Impact - and it’s not just taking place at Oxford. Over 60 universities participated in Green Impact last year, and this number is only set to grow.
What have the club done to reduce their environmental impact?
At the University club we have implemented a number of initiatives to help reduce our environmental impact these have included:
- Using WRAPit – WRAPit (Waste Action Reuse Portal) this has helped us to reuse and recycle surplus or redundant resources. This has included office furniture, equipment, stationery, accessories and printer consumables.
- Improved waste segregation – the most important reason for waste management is the protection of the environment and the health of the population. To do our bit we have introduced a new system of waste segregation with different bins on different floors throughout the building.
- Reducing our energy costs – we are working to do this in a number of ways, one has been to introduce timers for the boiler so it does not run continuously.
- Raising the importance of sustainability with all our team members – through the Green Impact scheme, green issues and improvements are regularly discussed to ensure sustainability remains front of mind.
What are we committing to do at the club in the future?