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Green team bring sustainability to Sheppard-Worlock Library

Library exterior Monday 7 March 2016

Sustainability and energy efficiency are high on the agenda for The Sheppard-Worlock Library team, who have been working towards the NUS Green Impact initiative.

The ‘Green Books and More’ team has been championing change among staff in the library in order to ensure sustainable practices become part of everyday practice.

Faculty Librarian Angela Duckworth said: “We successfully achieved the Bronze award last year and even had a special commendation for one of the team who achieved an Environmental Hero award.

“As part of our campaign, we have put notices reminding people to switch off equipment and lights, reduced the amount of printing by displaying documents for meetings on screens, and introduced a pedometer challenge among colleagues to foster good health.

“We are now working towards the Silver award and plan to grow herbs in our staff room, set up a lunch time walking group, and organise a walking to work/car share day for the summer.”

The campaign has also focused on encouraging students to engage in sustainable practices, through a display of relevant books on environmental issues.

Later in the year, the Green Books and More team plan to run a student competition to gather sustainability ideas the Library could put into action.

Angela said: “We have enjoyed the challenge and the unity the activities bring to all areas within the Library, particularly the fact all levels of staff can get involved.

“We have found it rewarding, as it’s often the small changes we can all implement that make a big difference. If carried out by many people, they often have more of an impact than the high profile things! We look forward to bringing home the Silver award this summer.”

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