Green Impact is the University of Cambridge’s environmental accreditation scheme, designed to support and encourage departments and colleges across the University in reducing their environmental impacts. The University is committed to making a positive impact through outstanding environmental sustainability performance, and this commitment is reflected throughout its policies.
The MRC Epidemiology Unit embraces the University’s vision and has adopted its Environmental Policy (pdf) as its own. The Unit is working to reduce its environmental impact and improve sustainability by saving energy, reducing its carbon footprint and minimising waste.
Green Impact Group (GIG)
In 2013 the MRC Epidemiology established the Green Impact Group (GIG). This is a multidisciplinary team comprising individuals from both the Research Programmes and specialist Research Support Teams. The group meet regularly to review the Unit’s environmental actions.
They have participated in the Green Impact Challenge since 2013 and have achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for the unit as a whole and for the unit laboratory.
In 2017 GIG achieved the new Excellence Award where the focus was on two strands:
- Working with the unit IT Team reducing the carbon footprint of IT Infrastructure in the unit, through replacing and consolidating energy and resource inefficient server. This also aimed to cut down on the need for site-to-site travel.
- Implementing a centralised printing that removed old inefficient individual printers with a more energy efficient secure printing system, causing less wastage.