Presentation on theme: "Think BIG, start small!. A departmental environmental accreditation scheme with an awards element Modelled on the successful Sound Impact Awards for students."— Presentation transcript:
A departmental environmental accreditation scheme with an awards element Modelled on the successful Sound Impact Awards for students unions nationally Based on simple practical actions that every department can do Supported by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, David Clarke What is Green Impact?
The Green Impact Awards are an environmental initiative run by a consortium of interested parties led by the Energy and Environmental Management Unit, the University of Bristol Union and NUS Services
Purpose Reducing the environmental impact of the University of Bristol during by encouraging, rewarding and celebrating environmental good practice within departments
Open to all university departments regardless of their size Departments / divisions find their own level Any member of staff can lead on it for their department: –Aimed at interested members of staff –Needs to be completed in consultation with your colleagues Aimed at departments
Participating departments are given a digital workbook: –20 Bronze; 15 Silver; 100 bonus criteria –To benchmark only need to respond to the 20 Bronze as a minimum; others are all optional –All closed criteria –Each based on practical actions identified through a series of environmental audits and interviews –Each has a score of between 1 and 10 How does it work?
Departments can work at their own pace and focus on areas of interest to them. Have until end of February 2009. Workshops will be offered to help participants go through the process EEMU will offer help and support, providing information, posters, stickers, etc
Currently recruiting volunteer staff and student auditors –Auditors will be trained –See me at the end if you are interested All participating departments will be audited Standards finalised…
The efforts of all participating departments will be recognised –Working towards accreditation –Bronze standard = all 20 Bronze criteria –Silver standard = all 20 Bronze, 15 Silver plus 150 bonus points –Gold award = top 3 scoring departments What can we achieve?
03 November 2008 Workbook launched 19 December 2008 Sign-up closes 27 February 2009 Workbook deadline March 2009 Audits April 2009 Feedback provided April/May Awards ceremony Timeline
Why take part? Benchmarks how green your department is Provides a framework for greening your department To gain recognition for the environmental actions the department is already taking Motivate staff and students The opportunity to achieve! Continual improvement… Green our University!
20 Bronze criteria Practical actions we can all do and/or, and Either… or… Constructive, supportive, inclusive Working Towards and Benchmarking Workbook out next week
There is clear guidance on how staff can double- side print posted within readable distance of each photocopier.
The department sends all of its used printer and/or toner cartridges to a charitable reuse scheme and keeps a log of the numbers and dates sent.
The department has a scheme in place to collect used postage stamps from staff, and students if applicable, and donates them to a charitable reuse scheme.
There are enough blue paper recycling bins throughout the department for all staff to easily recycle their waste paper.
Within the last 6 months all departmental staff have been reminded how they can recycle batteries, including reference to the location of their building battery bin.
The department has energy-awareness stickers and posters in place in the majority of offices and communal facilities encouraging staff to switch off lights and/or equipment when not needed.
Either the department does not have any portable or fixed air conditioning or, if it does, within the last 12 months it has proactively taken action to ensure that the doors and windows in all air conditioned rooms are kept closed when the air conditioning is on.
All banks of three or more light switches within the department have been labelled to identify which lights each switch operates.
Either the department does not have any tungsten filament bulbs* in ceiling or wall lights or, if it does, replacements have been requested through the EEMU.
The department has an up-to-date written lighting and equipment responsibility plan* covering all the main areas and key equipment within the department and the plan is embedded within the roles of operational staff.
The department has a comprehensive shut-down checklist for vacations to ensure all non-essential equipment and services are not wasting energy.
The department has carried out a basic survey to identify any areas that might be being heated unnecessarily or overheated and taken action to save energy as required.
The department proactively advises the majority of external visitors for meetings, and if applicable students for lectures, how they can get to the department via public transport, walking, or cycling.
All plain A4 white copier paper bought by the department meets at least one of the following: Made from 100% recycled paper; Made from NAPM* accredited recycled paper; Made from pulp from certified sustainable sources*. NB: 'Premier's 'Earth' brand is often thought to be made from recycled paper but is actually made from fibres from North American forests and therefore does not count towards this criterion.
Tap water is provided for the majority of departmental meetings instead of bottled water.
Either the department does not buy any tea or coffee for consumption at internal meetings or, if it does, it is all Fairtrade*. NB: This criterion does not refer to tea and coffee ordered through The Hawthorns or bought by individuals, or groups of individuals, for personal consumption.
The department has one or more member of staff registered as a formal departmental environmental champion for the current academic year. For large departments there should be one champion registered per 60 members of staff. Please ensure they have submitted their contact details via the form on www.bris.ac.uk/environment/forms/gia- echampion.html. Upon submission the EEMU will make contact with the champion to offer support.www.bris.ac.uk/environment/forms/gia- echampion.html
The department has identified, ranked and documented what it believes are its five most significant negative environmental impacts*.
The department has identified and documented its ten main greening opportunities. These should address some or all of the department's five most significant negative environmental impacts* (see B.018). These can be opportunities that the department can do itself and/or opportunities for Estates in relation to building infrastructure.
All new staff are formally inducted on relevant environmental issues within their role.