Green Impact Information

Green Impact Awards Logo Bristol University Multifaith ChaplaincyThe Multifaith Chaplaincy loves the earth and we are actively participating in the University's Green Impact Award scheme -  achieving Bronze in 2009, Bronze Plus in 2010 and 2011, Gold in 2015 and Platinum in 2016.  We were also delighted in 2016 to receive a Special Award for Environmental Hero and for the Fairtrade Cafe to get the Student Leadership award.

Since 2009 we have undertaken a wide range of initiatives, based on the principles Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.  These range from purchasing recycled paper for our copier and buying organic bottled milk to getting our furniture recovered rather than buying new, running a vegetarian kitchen and most recently starting to build our own kitchen garden. Watch this space to see how we get on with growing some of our own veg to be used in our weekly Soup Lunches and by the Fairtrade cafe, as well as herbs to make delicious caffeine-free hot drinks.

We have a Green Policy 2016 (PDF, 186kB) covering:

All members of the Multifaith Chaplaincy Team and all who use the Multifaith Chaplaincy building have an important part to play in ensuring the continued success of these activities.  Here are some suggestions as to how you can help:-

Recycling

Plenty of opportunities throughout the Centre with blue bins for paper in most rooms, a battery bin in the Main Office, and bins for plastic / glass / cans in the kitchen.  Also a collection point for cardboard in the kitchen.  Read more about the University's recycling commitment here.  To recycle WEEE (for example: IT equipment, kettles, mobile phones) don't dispose of these in the usual landfill bins in the Chaplaincy - instead please refer to the University Guidelines

Energy Awareness

Basically the rule is switch off when it's not in use, keep doors and windows closed when it's cold outside, and use appliances sensibly.  We have a Lighting and Equipment Responsibility Plan to help with this, and have recently had an Energy Audit (Jan 2015) which has helped identify some things we need to do with the building once it's in University ownership

Composting

The kitchen has two food waste containers which are are emptied into our own compost bins.  The worms really seem to appreciate it!

Travel

For advice on planning your journey, see here.  Travel West also offer a bus checker app and the University has relevant Facebook and Twitter @UoBrisTravel  accounts

Travelling by public transport - the University has an interest free loan scheme for bus passes and train season tickets.  For more information about travelling by bus, see the pages here, including information about buses serving the Stoke Bishop halls of residence and the Precinct, and the First Bus city-wide routes.

Cycling - we have stands outside the Centre where you can lock your bike. Free cycle training is offered to all University staff, as well as lock and light sales, a Cycle to Work scheme for buying a new bike, and cycle shop discounts.  Further information about all these, as well as links to the nearest shower and changing facilities, can be found on the cycling pages of the University website

Walking - there's a University walk-budi scheme.

If driving is the only option, then you might want to look at: Car Sharing - Joining a Car Club - Eco-driving

The University offers a UoB Travel Options programme to enable you to assess different ways of travelling to work / study

Ethical and sustainable kitchen

We run a vegetarian kitchen and serve Fair Trade tea and coffee in re-usable crockery.  We also have a food policy (PDF, 41kB), and encourage kitchen users to stick to the Low Carbon Cooking guidelines.

For a guide to seasonal veg, see the Vegetarian Society's pages on Seasonal UK Grown Produce

Water Saving

Purifying, distributing and processing water uses energy - our aim is to ensure that all taps are turned off when not in use (it doesn't always happen) and all dripping tips are reported to Estates.   Let us know if you've further suggestions!

 

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