23 June 2015
The Bodleian Libraries scooped four awards at the University of Oxford's Green Impact Awards ceremony on 17 June.
Now in its second year at Oxford, Green Impact is a National Union of Students (NUS) initiative run by the University's Environmental Sustainability team in Estates Services. University departments are encouraged to sign up and work towards making positive environmental sustainability changes in their workplace. Each department's progress is then logged and audited by students trained in Green Impact auditing.
The awards ceremony, held in the Bodleian's newly refurbished Weston Library, recognised the sustainability efforts of several departments and individuals, including the Bodleian Libraries.
Osney One, the Libraries' building on the Osney Mead Industrial Estate, and the Bodleian Social Science Library (SSL) both won Bronze Awards. The SSL also won the Best Newcomer Award and Osney One won the Innovation Award.
Osney One and the SSL earned Bronze Awards for completing the criteria required in the Green Impact workbooks, which include areas such as energy, communication, procurement, travel, waste and recycling, water and biodiversity and community. For the Osney One Green Impact Team, this meant documenting practices that were already in place such as recycling and turning off lights and monitors, while also implementing new sustainable ways of working. Staff at the SSL focussed on making tangible changes around the library to reduce waste and carbon emissions, for example staff selecting duplex printing by default, labelling and promoting recycling bins and reducing the number of photocopiers in use over the vacation.
The SSL earned Best Newcomer Award for completing a lot of criteria and extra green activities in the last year. The Osney One Building earned an Innovation Award in recognition of its efforts to combine staff welfare with a range of environmental initiatives including regular Bike Doctor visits, installing bird feeders, and promoting outside seating and walks around the area.
In total, seven University departments won Bronze Awards this year, five progressed to Silver and the Department of Materials and the Department of Chemistry were both awarded with the University's first Gold Green Impact Awards. Christine Mitchell, last year's winner of the Environmental Hero award, presented the winning teams with plaques, made from reused Welsh slate, and each team will get to plant a tree in the University's Wytham Woods as part of their prize.
Top image: The Social Sciences Library Green Impact Team accepting Best Newcomer Award from Christine Mitchell, last year's winner of the Environmental Hero award and Administrator at the Language Centre.
Bottom image: Jason Partridge, Research Archive Assistant, accepted the Bronze Award and Innovation Award on behalf of all staff in the Osney One Building, and is pictured with Bodley's Librarian Richard Ovenden, who hosted the awards ceremony in the Weston Library.
Image credit: David Fleming