1st October 2012
Green Impact Universities and College is now in its second year at Royal Holloway. It is a departmental environmental accreditation scheme with a competitive streak run nationally by NUS.
In addition to the ongoing environmental considerations across the department we are working with the Sustainability team on the Green Impact project. We have created a team within Geography (Team Geography) to implement and champion the key aspects of sustainability that we can roll-out across the department to make measurable changes to our environmental impact.
As part of this initiative we are looking at the specific ways in which our laboratories can reduce their environmental impact.
Responsible energy usage: keeping fume cupboard sashes down where possible, switching off lights, ovens, hotplates, drying cabinets when not required.
Water conservation/recycling: all our water stills use reverse osmosis to purify water. This is instead of distillation - a more energy intensive method to achieve the same result. We do not use water for cooling purposes minimising our throughput although we do use a lot of water for sieving – this can be minimised by not leaving the taps running during the sieving process.
Chemical use/reuse/disposal: we collect all of our polypropylene tubes (strictly, only those that have contained water and no chemicals) to place in the recycling bins.
Equipment reuse/recycling: We will always offer our unused equipment to other laboratories, research groups and /or departments before disposing of it.
Consumables reuse/recycling: where we can, we will reuse or recycle. Our containers will always be reused for waste disposal or decanting. Those that are returned with waste chemical disposals, once decontaminated are recycled.