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

Switch off during the Summer holidays!



Many of us will be on holidays over the Summer period.  Please remember to switch off any equipment before you leave. This include lights, computers, and any other non-essential equipment.  One easy way we can all save energy is to switch off PC monitors when not in use.

Add comment July 28, 2017

Charity Clothes Collection

Cancer research

A charity clothes collection is taking place across the University this week until 23 June 2017 for Cancer Research UK.  There are donation stations in several University locations, including ECIT.  More information is available here.

Add comment June 19, 2017

Cycle to Work Week 2017

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This week is Cycle to Work Week from Monday 12- Friday 16 June.  The full schedule of events at QUB can be found here.

Add comment June 12, 2017

Book Swaps

There will be pop-up book swaps on:

  • Wednesday 7 June, 10am-12pm at the MBC Foyer
  • Thursday 8 June, 10am- 12pm at the Main Site Tower Foyer

Staff and students are invited to bring along any books on the day or leave books in the marked donation boxes in the MBC foyer or the Main site tower any time between 5-8 June.  There is also a permanent book swap at the McClay library at QUB.

Add comment May 30, 2017

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

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