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Environmental Sustainability at the School of Chemistry

The University is working to become more environmentally sustainable in these ways:

  • Reduce wasted energy consumption
  • Reduce waste
  • Recycle more
  • Save water
  • Promote sustainable travel
  • Encourage sustainable purchasing

Each school/unit has one or more Environmental Facilitators who are leading the effort to accomplish these goals. More details on this are at . In the School of Chemistry, the Environmental Facilitator is Dr Stephen Gamble. To get in touch, with suggestions or questions, please email


Statement from the School of Chemistry Environmental Facilitator, Dr Stephen Gamble:

"I will seek to do some or all of the following things: provide environmental advice and guidance to colleagues, adopt and encourage environmental behaviours, act as a key point of contact between the School and Estates on environmental initiatives, conduct green office assessments and walkabouts, and generate solutions in the Purdie Building to save resources. I'm working towards the 'Passport to Environmental Excellence' program:"

 Environmental passport

Activities and Updates

"Initially, the focus will be on improving the energy efficiency and water use of the Purdie Building: we are a heavy energy user compared to other University buildings. For example, the live electricity usage for the Purdie building is shown below. You can click through the 'Main menu' button to view other University buildings.

We are also a heavy gas and water user, and will be working on ways to reduce this. Everyone in the School of Chemistry can also help by taking simple actions, e.g. turning off equipment when unneeded, closing fume cupboards when not in use to prevent warm air escaping, switching off lights, using the recycling facilities provided, etc."

Progress updates will be published on Stephen's blog at

How to get involved:

"I need and would appreciate your feedback and suggestions for improvements as to how we can become more environmentally sustainable in the School of Chemistry. It would also be great to hear how you are working towards environmental sustainability, or if you would like to know more about how to help. Please email

If you are a staff member in the School of Chemistry, you can also sign up to become an Environmental Facilitator at "



S-Lab Environmental Good Practice Guide for Laboratories (PDF, 627 KB)