Posted on 25 July 2018
The Green Impact initiative, devised by NUS, is designed to promote sustainable practices both at work and at home. Teams of volunteers work towards set objectives aimed at improving sustainability, and this work is recognised by a series of awards based on the impact of their actions.
Following on from the Department of Chemistry’s Gold Award in 2017, a number of individual teams within the department have gone on to further success in 2018.
The Green Chemistry team had a very successful year and received Gold and Bronze awards for the lab and office spaces respectively. They also received the prestigious award for ‘Most Improved Team’, which is testament to their hard work and dedication over the past year.
Members of the team said:
‘Over the past few years, the framework provided by Green Impact has really helped us implement more sustainable practices into our work and everyday lives, complementing the commitment of our centre to environmentally-friendly science and education.’
Chemistry Teaching Labs received a Gold Award. One of their most notable achievements was their work with all of the Chemistry Green Impact Teams to put on an event for One Planet Week in February. In addition, Chemistry undergraduates Emily Wheeldon and Joe Miskell acted as Green Impact Project Assistants, producing and updating posters for the lab to highlight safe and green working practices.
The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory (WACL) won a Gold Award for the second year running. Three chemistry undergraduates, Alisa Roper, Dominika Pasternak and Elliot Smyth, were this year's Green Impact Project Assistants, and were an integral part of the WACL ‘Waste Warriors’ team.
It is important for Chemistry Departments to be as sustainable as possible, and we look forward to building on the success of these teams in the coming years.