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

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch takes place at the end of this month, on 27-29 January 2018.  Anyone interested is welcome to get involved, helping to count what birds you see in your local park or garden.  For further information or to get involved, please check out the RSPB website.

Add comment January 11, 2018

Guidelines for fuel efficient driving


When travelling, the AWARE teams encourage sustainable travel, especially the use of walking, cycling or public transport over cars.  When driving is required, there are several tips that drivers can follow to save fuel and reduce pollution, where possible.  Here are some tips for eco-driving:

  1. Ensure tyres are correctly inflated
  2. Empty your boot – reducing weight in the car saves on fuel
  3. Change up gears at around 2000 RPM
  4. Watch your speed – travelling at a faster speed uses more fuel
  5. Drive smoothly – stopping and starting  uses more fuel.  Slowing down early can help improve efficiency

For more tips, check out the following links here and here.  As always, try and walk or cycle where possible, to help the environment as well as your health (and your pocket!).

Add comment January 8, 2018

Unwanted books?


If you have any unwanted books within the School, please bring these to the general offices of Ashby or ECIT buildings.  Small numbers of paperback books can be placed into white confidential waste paper recycling sacks.  Any hardback covers should be removed before being placed in these sacks.  The relevant School Building Liaison Officer (BLO) should be able to arrange collection of these books.

QUB currently sends the majority of its unwanted books to Better World Books.  For further information, see the QUB Carbon Management website.

Add comment January 4, 2018

Energy Saving Opportunities

reducing energy

As we begin the New Year, we are encouraged to continue to save energy within EEECS.  Here are a few  simple day-to-day actions for saving energy:

  1. Take the stairs, not the lift!
  2. Switch off all PCs, monitors and other unessential equipment off overnight.
  3. Ensure energy-saving modes are enabled on all computers, to switch screens to standby mode after 5 minutes of inactivity.
  4. When leaving the office or meeting rooms, turn off lighting and equipment.
  5. When air conditioning or heating is in use, ensure all windows and doors are closed.

If you have any other energy saving suggestions or ideas, please get in touch with any member of the AWARE or ECIT AWARE teams.

Happy New Year from the AWARE teams!

Add comment January 3, 2018

Reminder for Reusing Envelopes in EEECS

The School uses many envelopes each year, and it is our aim to reduce our usage and reuse resources where possible.   For internal postings, reusable internal mail envelopes are available and can be collected from the Ashby and CSB general  offices or from ECIT reception.  Please also remember to return any internal mail envelopes to any offices across EEECS,to continue to reuse these envelopes when possible.

Add comment January 3, 2018

Call for AWARE volunteers!

Volunteers wanted for the EEECS AWARE teams!  

AWARE is made up of volunteers from across the School. We are always looking for new and enthusiastic volunteers, and especially require volunteers from the Computer Science Building and the Ashby.  This role provides an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the operations area of the School.


If you have an interest in helping make the School more environmentally friendly, please get in touch with any member of the team.

Add comment December 20, 2017

Reducing Paper Usage

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Paper is essential to our work in EEECS, and we have paper recycling facilities throughout the School.  However, it is most important to firstly reduce our paper usage, before we reuse or lastly recycle any waste paper.  To minimise our paper consumption, consider the following tips:

  • Duplex printing: the default option on printers in the school is duplex printing, to minimise wastage.  Please print only when necessary and use both sides.
  • Double sided photocopying:  guidance is available on photocopying on both sides of paper to minimise usage.
  • Reuse of one-sided paper:  if only one-side of paper is used, please reuse the other side for memos or notes.   There are designated points beside printers across the school where you can also leave one-sided paper.
  • Digital documents at meetings: use screens in meeting rooms rather than printing agendas or other documents.

Add comment December 20, 2017

Big Christmas Switch Off 2017


As we approach the end of the semester, please support the University’s ‘Lo Lo Lo Big Christmas Switch Off Campaign’ by switching off all unnecessary equipment before you take off for the holidays and in doing so help our School possibly win a prize which will be awarded for the School or Directorate that manages to achieve the greatest percentage of reduction in energy consumption on Christmas Day.


Listed below is some guidance for staff who work in offices:

  • Pull the plug - Make sure equipment in the office and kitchen is, where possible, unplugged (some appliances still use energy when they are plugged in and switched on at the wall socket). That includes:
  • PCs
  • Photocopiers
  • Printers
  • Portable Heaters
  • Shredders
  • Kettles
  • Microwaves
  • Coffee Makers
  • Boilers
  • Turn off what you can’t unplug
  • Switch off all lights – Last one out the door shut off all the lights
  • Close all windows and blinds
  • Check all areas – Don’t forget to check to switch off lights and equipment in stores, toilets, meeting rooms etc.
  • To help ensure you switch off for the holidays, devise a shutdown checklist specific to your area identifying which equipment can and can’t be switched off. Identify who has responsibility for ensuring specific equipment is switched off. 

Add comment December 15, 2017

QUB Recycling Week 20-24 November 2017

Next week is Recycling Week across the University.  There are several events across the campus throughout the week – for further information see the list of events.

Add comment November 13, 2017

QUB Corporate Workwear and Paper Recycling Scheme

With the recent QUB rebranding, materials with the old Q-logo should be recycled, where possible. There are several collection points across campus, including the Ashby and ECIT.  Guidance on disposing of paper and corporate workwear with the old Q-logo is available here.

Add comment October 12, 2017

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