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Green Impact involvement

The library has been involved in the Green Impact Awards since their inception in 2009. The Green Impact scheme is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme to encourage positive changes in environmental practice.


We have achieved the following awards:

  • 2009/10 - Bronze Award
  • 2010/11 - Silver Award
  • 2011/12 - Silver Award
  • 2012/13 - Gold Award
  • 2013/14 - Gold Award
  • 2014/15 - Gold Award
  • 2015/16 - Gold Award
  • 2016/17 - Gold Award

A staff member received an Environmental Hero Award in 2010/11 in recognition of their recycling efforts for charity. In 2012/13 another staff member collected the same award on behalf of a library team involved in reducing the amount of redundant stock going to landfill by sending it instead to Betterworld, who sell it on  or donate it to charities. In 2013/14 the team received the Office Innovation Award for a staff book swap scheme, shared jointly with another team who were operating a similar scheme. In 2015, we received the Special Team Award for consistent effort over several years

Reducing the library's environmental impact

The library staff work to minimise the library's impact on the environment in the following areas:

  • Reducing unecessary printing, copying and paper use  by encouraging staff and students to think whether printing/photocopying is necessary and consider options such as double sided copying and scan to email. We recycle our non-confidential waste paper.
  • Reducing unnecessary printing and copying, thereby helping to reduce the use of printer and photocopier toner and inks. 
  • Reducing electricity usage by ensuring that lights and equipment are not unnecessarily kept on and that all equipment defaults to power save modes when not in use. Where we have the opportunity to refurbish areas, we have been installing motion sensitive lighting which means areas are not lit when in use.
  • Encouraging suppliers to reduce unnecessary packaging.
  • Recycling unwanted equipment and furniture via WarpIT and sending redundant book stock to Betterworld and other book collection agencies. 
  • Recycling food waste via the recycling bins placed around the library. 


The library staff are specifically looking at recycling opportunities:

  • The library has the green bins where food waste is split from other waste allowing the majority of the material placed in the bins to go on for recycling rather than landfill. The Library also has blue liquid bins so that those half empty cups can be emptied before being placed in the green bins. 
  • Withdrawn book stock from the library is collected by Betterworld (, who sell, reuse or recycle the stock. For any book that the company sells, a book is donated to Books for Africa and Feed the Children.

Supporting environmental issues

The library staff normally engage in a range of activities across the year including:

  • Participation in the Green Impact initiative.
  • Book and resource displays during Fairtrade and Environmental Weeks.
  • Personal support of environmental issues and charities.


Page last updated on Tuesday 20 June 2017 at 11.33am.


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