Welcome to the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science green impact blog page.  It aims to offer tips and advice on how staff can contribute to reducing the School’s carbon impact. For further information on carbon management please visit the University’s environmental website at http://www.qub.ac.uk/carbon.

January 5, 2015

April Bike to Work Breakfast

bike photoIt’s pedal power over horsepower this Friday 28 April as staff are invited to leave the car at home and cycle to work. A free Bike To Work Breakfast will be provided in the Old Staff Common Room, 8.00am – 9.30am

Add comment April 25, 2017

Top Tips for Reducing Paper Usage

reduce waste 2To minimise the use of paper in our school, here are some simple steps that everyone can take:

1. PRINTING:  Think before you print! Use both sides of paper when printing, reduce margin sizes and avoid colour printing.

2. PAPERLESS MEETINGS: Think Green, keep it on the screen!  Distribute memos and agendas via email.  Use projectors in meeting rooms to display notes and reports.  Store manuals and other documents online (Sharepoint).

3. REDUCE: Use white boards for temporary notes and messages. Send e-cards rather than paper cards. Use online PDFs and screens throughout campus to advertise events, rather than paper flyers.

4. REUSE: Reuse paper  by using one-sided print outs as notepads/scribble pads. Don’t use a bigger piece of paper than you require.  Reuse envelopes for internal mail.

5. RECYCLE: Use recycled paper and recycle any used paper- use the designated paper bins throughout the university.

Add comment April 25, 2017

QUB Big Spring Clean – Thursday 6 April 2017

The Big Spring Clean is Northern Ireland’s biggest volunteer clean-up and this April we need your help to make this happen. 

Last year almost 107,000 volunteers got involved in clean up events across Northern Ireland, removing an amazing 298 tonnes of litter (that’s equivalent to 128 family cars or 71 ice cream vans!).

You can help by registering for the QUB Big Spring Clean that takes place on Thursday 6 April, 12.00pm – 2.00pm. More information and register here if interested.

Add comment March 29, 2017

School Stationery Amnesty 15-16 March 2017

Stationery Amnesty2EEECS held another stationery amnesty event in all three school buildings; ECIT, Ashby and Computer Science on the 15th and 16th of March 2017. 

with all the recent restructuring of the school, this was a great opportunity for staff and students to get rid of their unwanted stationery from old offices. Just under £150 worth of stationery was returned which represents, on average, half of our monthly spend, so a worthwhile exercise and we hope to repeat this again within the next year.

Add comment March 21, 2017

Reducing Publication Ordering – Easy Tips to Avoid Over Ordering

publications photoWhen there is a need to produce any publications for circulation beyond the School (e.g. brochures, leaflets, prospectuses, reports etc.) it would be effective to have some guidelines in place to ensure that we do not significantly over-order the number of copies required and there is a pdf version publically available on SharePoint.

Schools often over-order publications ‘just in case’ causing them to have to dispose of, or recycle, large quantities of unused publications. Producing publications uses significant quantities of energy and resources and over ordering should be avoided. Please ensure the following guidelines are observed before proceeding with ordering publications:

  1. When possible, email information/content (e.g. PDFs) to attendees.  
  2. Publish general content and university contact information on leaflets, so copies can be reused in the future.
  3. Advise the PR/Marketing teams to reduce publications and provide information online or through emails.
  4. When hard copies are unavoidable (e.g. Health, Safety and Wellbeing), use registration as a guide for quantities, to not print excessive amounts.

If we can know the number of copies printed by each building and put on SharePoint then we help to reduce paper use.

Add comment March 21, 2017

Local Water Saving Campaign

water saving pic

Everyone uses water each day, whether it be at home or work. There are loads of really small changes that you could make which all add up to make a big difference – especially to your pocket and the environment! Here are two quick tips:

  • Try to fill the kettle with only what is needed, this will save water and energy
  • Taps can vary in flow volume, from 2 – 25 litres per minute so please ensure you only use the water that is required and do not leave taps running

 We would like to make everyone aware of a wider local campaign run by NI Water.  NI Water’s “Bag It and Bin It” (http://www.niwater.com/bag-it-and-bin-it) campaign, is a water industry campaign to promote the responsible disposal of personal products. Its aim is to reduce the amount of inappropriate material being flushed down the toilet, which will also in turn reduce the amount of water being wasted from inappropriate flushing.

Add comment March 10, 2017

Reduce EEECS Energy Consumption

Over the last year the electricity consumption for the school has increased on the target set by QUB Carbon Management and as you can see we are currently rated in the red zone.  We would like to reduce this over the next quarter and ask all staff/students to help by switching off all unnecessary equipment, for example, a computer left on overnight for a year creates enough CO2 to fill a double-decker bus.

Electricity: 119,941 kWh
CO2: 65,247 kg
Target Electricity: 109,543 kWh
Last Year Electricity: 110,694 kWh
Cost: £13,796
Rating: Red

Below is electricity consumption that each building has used in January and February 2017 alone.  Access to all data on energy usage is available through your QUB online carbon management reports.

ECIT Electricity Comsumption Jan-Feb17

Ashby Electricity Comsumption Jan-Feb17

CSB Electricity Comsumption Jan-Feb17

Add comment March 9, 2017

Tips for Reducing Waste within EEECS

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Publication Ordering – Easy Tips to Avoid Over Ordering

When there is a need to produce any publications for circulation beyond the School (e.g. brochures, leaflets, prospectuses, reports etc.) it would be effective to have some guidelines in place to ensure that we do not significantly over-order the number of copies required and there is a pdf version publically available on SharePoint.  Schools often over-order publications ‘just in case’ causing them to have to dispose of, or recycle, large quantities of unused publications. Producing publications uses significant quantities of energy and resources and over ordering should be avoided. Please ensure the following guidelines are observed before proceeding with ordering publications:

  1. When possible, email information/content (e.g. PDFs) to attendees.  
  2. Publish general content and university contact information on leaflets, so copies can be reused in the future.
  3. Advise the PR/Marketing teams to reduce publications and provide information online or through emails.
  4. When hard copies are unavoidable (e.g. Health, Safety and Wellbeing), use registration as a guide for quantities, to not print excessive amounts.

If we can know the number of copies printed by each building and put on SharePoint then we help to reduce paper use.

Internal mail envelopes

Our University uses thousands of new envelopes each year.  It is much more resource efficient for us to re-use the envelopes for internal postings.  Internal mail envelopes can be collected from the following general offices:

  • Ashby 7th floor
  • ECIT
  • Computer Science Building

Please remember when you have a build-up of internal mail envelopes to return them to one of the above offices.

 Use of tap water or filtered water  for meetings instead of bottled water

When catering is required why not use tap water instead of spring water.  Bottled spring water has a substantially greater (carbon footprint) than tap water.  The School provides the following free drinking water stations for staff/students:

  • ECIT – ground floor/1st floor/2nd floor
  • Ashby – 7th floor
  • Computer Science Building – ground floor

Add comment March 8, 2017

EEECS Fairtrade Fortnight Coffee Morning – Friday 3 March 2017

As part of the Queen’s Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations EEECS is holding a coffee morning on Friday 3 March 2017 @1030am in the following venues:

  • Ashby room 07.006 (7th floor staff common room)
  • ECIT Seminar Room
  • Computer Science Building (3rd floor staff common room)

We will be having only Fairtrade tea, coffee and some nibbles. So come along and enjoy the delights of Fairtrade.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Through the minimum price requirement, Fairtrade is helping certified farmers growing products such as cocoa, coffee, tea and banana become more income-secure and less vulnerable to poverty. Fairtrade certification enables farmers to negotiate a higher price for their product than the conventional market price.  Additional income through the Fairtrade Premium is supporting better farming, strong cooperatives, investment in collective assets, local infrastructure and helping communities plan for the future.

Fairtrade is gradually empowering communities by helping them organise into cooperatives and improve their negotiating position within the supply chain.  Farmers and workers who choose to participate in Fairtrade feel a real sense of control over their future with greater power and voice. Fairtrade can provide access to finance, producer support and expertise in tackling climate change or deepening gender equality, supporting long-term environmental and social sustainability.  Fairtrade improves access to agricultural services like organic training and importantly access to premium markets. As a result farmers have an incentive to farm better and sell more.

Add comment March 6, 2017

QUB Green Week Monday 13 – Friday 17 February 2017

2017 Green Week is kicking off Monday 13 -17 February 2017.  click below for various events being held throughout the campus.

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/CarbonManagementatQueens/Filestore/Filetoupload,740499,en.pdf

Add comment February 15, 2017

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