Martyn Brake (R) and Felix Sainsbury-Martinez with the Gold Award

Stopping by one of the many sculptures on our campus walk

Astrophysics awarded Gold in the Green Impact Awards 2014-15!

Green Impact is a national scheme run by the NUS that encourages university staff to take positive steps towards making their workplaces more “green” and sustainable.  Building on its success with the Silver Award 2013-14, the Astrophysics Green Impact team worked hard to create positive green changes within the department and continue to support the university at a wider level in achieving its sustainability goals.

Following our entry into the Green Impact award scheme last year we were ready to "go for Gold" in 2015.  We have had a huge amount of support and encouragement from the department as a whole, without whom we would not have been able to fulfil our commitments quite so successfully.  My thanks go especially to the Green Impact team for their continued support and a great team effort!

Martyn Brake, Astrophysics Green Impact Lead

Astrophysics Green Impact Committee
Martyn Brake - Group Lead
Emma Way
Felix Sainsbury-Martinez
Dr Sean Matt
Dr Gareth Few
Dr Maria Weber
Ben Drummond
Elisabeth Matthews

Environmental statement

Our aim is to embed the university’s sustainability values within the Astrophysics group and to reduce any negative environmental impacts we make in the course of our work. 

Some of the things we are currently doing to counteract our impact on the surrounding environment are:

  • We purchase only 100% recycled paper
  • We only print when necessary and when we do so it is double sided
  • We re-use scrap paper for notebooks and when we can’t we ensure that it is sent for recycling
  • We re-use envelopes for sending internal post
  • We recycle toner cartridges
  • We use re-usable cups and glasses for visitors
  • We try our best to re-home unwanted furniture - sending it for disposal is a last resort
  • We recycle all our batteries
  • We have a second-hand bookshelf
  • We turn off lights and computers when we leave the office at the end of the day
  • We are currently nurturing 18 plants, meaning that we have 1 plant for every 3 people in the department.

Travel to work survey

In October 2014 we conducted a travel to work survey and asked all members of the group currently working from the Streatham campus to complete a short questionnaire to establish their primary mode of transport. The results showed that 67% of our group currently travel to work using a carbon neutral mode of transport.

Results of the Astrophysics Group travel to work survey, October 2014

What else is the university doing?

For more information on current campaigns and opportunities to get involved visit the university’s sustainability webpages.