Carbon Management

Queen's Carbon Journey

The University sector has been identified by the Government as key to delivering carbon reduction across the United Kingdom. Queen's is committed to improving its environmental performance and fundamentally changing the way it works so that it becomes an environmentally sustainable low carbon organisation. 


Students have a key role in improving the environmental performance of Queen's and all students living in Queen's Accommodation are expected to be aware of their responsibility to reduce energy usage and to recycle where possible.

Queen’s Accommodation run a number of initiatives to make students aware of the difference they can make by being more environmentally aware.

Travel Guide

If you are travelling to Queen’s Accommodation a handy guide has been developed detailing differing travel modes to and from the University along with sustainable alternatives for each travel mode.  A key feature of the guide is a map detailing all public transport links to the majority of University buildings (kindly produced by Translink). To download an electronic copy, please click here.

What we are doing?

  1. Recycling facilities are available at Elms Village and Queen's Houses
  2. Battery recycling at Elms Village Reception and the Treehouse Reception
  3. Vegetable patch to grow your own vegetables and herbs
  4. Energy ’Switch Off Campaign’ and swap shop evenings
  5. Carbon initiatives promoted through Queen's Accommodation social media accounts
  6. Dissemination and promotion of useful 'top tips' for achieving sustainability and environmental well-being.

Environmental Statement

Queen's Accommodation is committed to reducing energy consumption through a variety of initiatives such the ‘Switch Off Campaign’ and promotion of recycling within Student and Staff and Family Accommodation and staff offices.

Queen’s Accommodation has undertaken the following projects as part of an ongoing Carbon Management Plan:

  1. Introduction of a Borewell – to reduce mains water consumption
  2. Introduction of the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant – to reduce energy waste by capturing heat produced in electricity production by recycling it back into the heating system
  3. Introduction of PIR light sensors in student accommodation – to support the ‘Switch Off Campaign’ and ensure lights are not left on unnecessarily
  4. Over 150 recycling bins (general recycling, food and glass) across Queen’s Accommodation and the recent introduction of a clothes bank in Elms Village
  5. Introduction of an Environmental Mascot called ECO to promote sustainability and environmental issues within Queen’s Accommodation
  6. Staff and students engage in the carbon reduction events and initiatives and reduce their utility usage by thoughtful consumption and actively recycle and reuse materials.

Each year the Queen’s Accommodation team participate in Green Impact (an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students) and achieved the Gold Award in 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, and Platinum Award in 2015-16.

The target for the University is an ambitious 21% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 against a 2008 base year. This equates to a 34% reduction against a 1990 base year. The target will be regularly reviewed in the light of experience, emerging technology or changes in legislation.

Environmental Policy Statement

Queen’s University recognises that its activities impact on the environment at local, regional and global levels. The University acknowledges that the protection of the environment is fundamental to the future health and well-being of all those involved with the institution and the wider community.

The University accepts the responsibility of demonstrating sustainable leadership in environmental protection and enhancement through its actions as an institution. In providing high quality educational, research and workplace facilities, the University is committed to ensuring its environmental impact is minimised. The University also accepts its responsibility to make sure it grows and develops in a sustainable way with continuous improvement in environmental performance embedded into its business model and the culture of the University.

In support of these principles, the University is committed to:

  1. Complying with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and other requirements
  2. Monitoring, controlling and improving its environmental performance through the implementation of an Environmental Management System within the Estates Directorate and Purchasing Office
  3. Mitigating the University’s negative impact on climate change through the implementation of the Carbon Management Plan, designed to reduce emissions
  4. Reducing and, where possible, preventing pollution through the development of effective resource and waste management strategies
  5. Incorporating sustainable construction principles and practices into the development and refurbishment of the estate
  6. Promoting sustainable modes of transport including walking, use of public transport, car-sharing and cycling through the implementation of the Travel Plan
  7. Managing the University’s grounds to protect and enhance wildlife habitats through the formulation and implementation of a Biodiversity Policy
  8. Integrating environmental sustainability considerations into University Policies and Procedures
  9. Embedding sustainability within the University’s teaching and research portfolios 
  10. Promoting environmental awareness and responsibility amongst all staff and students.

Recycling in Elms Village

Each kitchen has three recycling bags which are clearly labelled. We encourage all students to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, tin and glass. Dry recycling facilities are located throughout Elms Village and a glass recycle area is located opposite the Treehouse.

Residents are responsible for taking their recyclable materials to the recycle points on a regular basis - the housekeeping staff  DO NOT remove these materials.


All glass bottles and jars must be taken to the glass recycling point. Glass must not be put in the general waste as this may result in injury of residents or housekeeping staff.


Recycling in Queen's Houses

Each kitchen has three recycling bags which are clearly labelled. We encourage all students to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, tin and glass. There is no glass recycling available in 76 Malone Road, however, residents of these houses can use the facilities at the Elms Village opposite the Treehouse.

Residents are responsible for taking their recyclable materials to the recycle points located at the rear of the properties on a regular basis - the housekeeping staff DO NOT remove these materials.

All glass bottles and jars must be taken to the glass recycling point. Glass must not be put in the general waste as this may result in injury of residents or housekeeping staff.


Queen's University General Environmental/Champion - Sara Lynch
T +44 (0) 28 9097 1198


Waste Management - Nicola Keown
T +44 (0) 28 9097 1167


Head of Accommodation - Richard Robinson
T +44 (0) 28 90 97 4713


Secretary to Head of Accommodation - Natasha Moroney (Green Impact Champion)
T +44 (0) 28 90 97 4473


Residential Life Co-ordinator - Niamh Ferry (Carbon Initiatives Contact)
T +44 (0) 28 90 97 4718



Staff have a key role to play to improve the University’s environmental performance. Small changes can make a huge impact when it comes to reducing our carbon emissions.

What we are doing?

  1. Staff actively recycle paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminium cans and tins, glass, food waste, ink and toner cartridges, batteries and books
  2. Staff participated in a stationery amnesty, gathering unwanted stationery and distributing it throughout the department preventing items going to landfill
  3. “Switch Off Campaign” – all staff are regularly encouraged to turn off all electrical equipment when not in use
  4. The Queen’s Accommodation team are Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Green Impact award holders. Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme with an awards element designed for university departments, in which, University staff take part each academic year to carry out a number of environmental actions to make their workplaces greener. The team are hoping to maintain their Gold award for 2017-18.


Biodiversity describes the whole variety of life on Earth including human life. It incorporates all species of plants and animals, including their genetic variation and the complex ecosystems which they are part of.

The Queen’s Accommodation team have planted a ‘Wildlife Hedge’ containing a least five native woody plants such as hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, oak, crab apple and alder and placed bird feeders around the Accommodation site.

Do your bit for biodiversity

There are many ways in which you can become more nature friendly and contribute to protecting biodiversity both on and off campus:

  1. Be responsible when purchasing goods such as clothing; choose from retailers that sell products that are made sustainably and ethically
  2. Volunteer some time in helping with biodiversity projects organised by local conservation groups
  3. Be aware of the threat of invasive species and the action currently underway to tackle invasive species and know how to identify and report them to the relevant local biodiversity groups.
  4. For further information on Carbon Management Plan at Queen’s please click here.
  5. Construction of bird boxes and erection throughout Elms Village, promoting a sustainable environment for local wildlife.