The University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy has 10 priority areas. Here are the actions we are taking within areas of key relevance to the SSL:
Carbon emissions from University buildings: reduce carbon emissions related to our energy consumption to a minimal level
- We have low energy LED lighting with motion sensors.
- We leave the lights off in our discussion and training rooms when not in use.
- We switch off unnecessary electrical equipment during low-use periods (vacation, evenings, weekends).
- Our photocopiers go into low-energy ‘sleep’ mode after a few minutes’ inactivity.
- We provide the option to scan free of charge instead of photocopying.
- We switch off all PCs overnight.
- We leave reader PCs off when not in use.
- The reader PCs are set to enter standby mode after a few minutes of inactivity.
- We have set PC monitor brightness as low as possible.
- We have enabled power saving settings on staff PCs.
Sustainable resource use: reduce the environmental impacts of our consumption and supply chain
- We provide and manage shared resources to support teaching and research.
- We provide scanned chapters and articles for reading lists and we purchase e-books instead of print when available and appropriate.
- We repair damaged library books to avoid buying new replacements.
- We send unwanted, non-legal deposit books to Better World Books for reuse or recycling.
- We offer and acquire office supplies and equipment via WARPit, the University’s reuse portal.
- We run Stationery Amnesties to put unused stationery back into circulation.
- We provide reusable plates, glasses and tap water instead of single-use items and bottled water for staff events and meetings.
- We removed individual desk bins and have clearly labelled ‘waste points’ so readers can take their recycling and general waste to a single location.
- We significantly reduced the number of printed guides offered to readers.
- Printing is double-sided by default for reader printers and most of our staff printers.
- We share annual printing statistics and paper-saving tips with staff.
- We use recycled paper in all of our photocopiers and printers.
- We offer recycled card and plastic-free cover sheets for use with our binding machine.
Travel, food and biodiversity
We also support our staff in making sustainable travel choices and we inspire sustainable food choices by sharing seasonal recipes. We aim to stimulate interest in biodiversity by promoting and participating in national biodiversity surveys, and encouraging staff and readers to enjoy nature local to the library and around Oxford.