The School of Life Sciences in the first School in the University to be awarded a Green Impact Award. The School has achieved a bronze award in the accreditation scheme that encourages sustainable and environmentally friendly behaviour throughout the university.
The Green Impact scheme has been established in over 50 universities across the UK which features a tailored workbook of achievable positive actions. To achieve this award the School has reviewed its working practices from buying to disposal. This has included best practice of equipment use, buying low energy equipment, recycling practices and energy usage savings. Simple actions such as changing the temperature of freezers from -80 to -70, regularly defrosting freezers, using timers to ensure equipment is switched on ready for use at the start of the working day but not left on overnight all contribute to energy and financial savings.
Input from a number of stakeholders has been required to implement the various ‘green’ actions. With the commitment of the Schools’ divisional lab managers, the School has worked closely with major suppliers, University procurement and Estates & Campus Services to review procedures and work flows. Wherever possible, an ethos of efficient use and minimisation in use of resources has been introduced.
Letty Gibson, Research School Services Manager, who has led the School through this process said “As a School we have always reviewed our energy usage and looked at how we can be more sustainable. Achieving the bronze award highlights this work but it is a starting point. I have been encouraged by the number of staff who have been willing to participate and hope this will spread across the whole of Life Sciences. This will help in our commitment to go for silver and ultimately gold.”
Trudy Cunningham, Environment and Sustainability Officer for the University said, “The School of Life Sciences is a carbon intensive research site. A small change or adjustment in practice can therefore make a big impact. We are delighted that the School has been given this award and we endeavour to continue working with the School to make further enhancements to their practices.”
The award will be presented in the Street on Tuesday 26 June at 1pm. Light refreshments will be provided. In addition, the University energy and sustainability team will be in the Street from 10 am – 3 pm to provide more information about the scheme and let you know how you can get involved.
We have also set up a dedicated Green Impact website with many useful resources: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/estates/green-impact/
More information: https://sustainability.nus.org.uk/green-impact/about