Scientists or Environmentalists?

Scientists or Environmentalists?

Green Impact Awards 2014Bronze Award
Bronze Award

Bronze Award

The NTU Green Impact scheme challenges university departments to implement a number of easy practical actions to help the environment. The scheme is about empowering individuals to reduce their environmental impact by encouraging, rewarding and celebrating practical improvements. Here at the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, we decided to enter the scheme for the first time in 2014, joining 19 other NTU Green Impact teams in a bid to become “greener” in our overall use of energy and resources. The Centre having been built just over 4 years ago is actually quite eco-friendly in many ways – motion sensor lights, ground source heat pump, energy conversion, hot/cold water tap on demand to name but a few. For the purpose of this exercise we decided to split the building into 2 to make completing the online workbooks more effective. The open office area is home to over 35 scientists on the ground floor and there are 8 laboratories on the first floor.

JvGCRC were the first of NTU’s laboratories to successfully achieve an award for Green Impact labs tab which has only been introduced for the first time this year for 2013/14.   

We have engaged building users in areas including energy efficient use of the fume cupboards as well as thinking about other environmental impacts of lab user activities and the actions they can take to mitigate these. At the same time we completed the workbook for the office activities. Due to the nature of Green Impact  we  have covered a wide range of topics across the department and received full marks in the office/ground floor in the areas of Energy, Waste and Recycling, Travel, Procurement; and Water.

As a result of the Green Impact efforts we now have a Green Impact Policy Document, freezer maintenance records, inspection spot checks of fume cupboards, actively promote the Christmas Shutdown and are part of the Carbon Elephant Challenge. Gas consumption in the JvGCRC has also decreased in the last year, providing further evidence that the team’s hard work is making the centre more energy efficient.

Having completed the online questions we then underwent an Audit, which was carried out by NTU students. The feedback we got as a follow on was very helpful and we were delighted to be awarded with the Bronze Award for both the Office and Labs in June 2014 and we were only 2 points away from achieving the Silver award.  We have now started to look proactively at additional changes, as we aspire to achieve the Silver Award next year.

 

The Green Impact Team at JvGCRC are:

Dr Murrium Ahmad

Dr David Boocock

Mr Stephen Reeder

Ms Clare Coveney

 

Bronze Award

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