Team eco-midwives aided and abetted by several others in the School’s Hamilton Campus were delighted to be awarded a Silver Award at the recent NUS Green Impact Awards Ceremony. The team, led by Midwifery Lecturer Sheona Brown, worked hard on ensuring that we met all of the essential categories to receive this award, Categories included:-
- A department walk-round to identify areas that are being heated unnecessarily. Some areas identified included unoccupied rooms and skills labs that had the heating turned up to full. An action plan was developed, including highlighting to all staff to turn radiators down to the frost setting when rooms are not in use.
- A travel audit was completed via Survey Monkey, this audit demonstrated that our team travel to work in many ways – cycling, walking, car sharing, trains, buses and cars.
- We explored the use of paper in meetings and encouraged all staff to consider the use of easily available projector equipment to read agendas, minutes and notes. The midwifery team meetings have fully embraced this approach, we have some teething problems but there has already been a reduction in the volume of paper used by the team.
- The team even contributed a story to the Green Impact Newsletter which should be pop into staff inboxes any day now.
Moving forward the eco-midwives team are keen to engage in the developments for the new Lanarkshire Campus. This would ensure that all good practices begun within our current building are developed as the standard when we move into our new accommodation. Sheona is already thinking of Bee-friendly gardens, vegetable growing and tree hugging sessions (OK maybe she went too far with the last one).
The photos show Sheona receiving the award and the fantastic recycled bowl, made from an old Neil Diamond record, a great initiative for all of us with unused/ruined LP’s.
Please make sure you have the permission of the owner before you do this to other Vinyl Discs or you will not be very popular