The RAU Library has been involved in the Green Impact project since November 2015.
How does it work?
Green Impact is an accreditation programme run by the National Union of Students, and the main purpose is to encourage universities to become more environmentally aware and encourage positive behaviour changes in relation to the environment wherever possible.
Our team name is Greenlib
The way the project works is fairly straightforward:
What does the team gain?
By doing this:
Benefits to the University
The benefits include:
So here are some green habits we have put into action and encourage our library users to help us sustain them:
Green Impact Public Noticeboard
Promoting all aspects of green initiatives in the library and highlighting sustainable practice.
Generating less waste, re-cycling and re-using as much as possible (newspapers, journals, books, cardboards, paper, batteries, envelopes, plastic bottles and cans)
Ensuring the availability of properly labelled bins for paper, general waste, plastic/cans
Maintaining an appropriate temperature in the library. Library staff walk round the library identifying areas that are overheated or under heated, and then report to Estates facilities for adjustment.
Lighting and Equipment
Turning off the lights in the study carrels when not in use. Some of library lights are sensor-controlled so they automatically switch on or off dependent on room occupancy.
Shutting down staff PCs at the end of each working day, and student PCs when the University is closed.
Ensuring monitors go into energy saving mode if not used for more than 10 minutes.
All library staff and student printers now have double sided printing capability, and this is the default setting.