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UIS Environmental Action Plan

UIS provides University-wide information services for the University of Cambridge, to enable the success of the collegiate University in fulfilling its mission of excellence in research and education, and by supporting world-class administration. UIS is committed to reducing its impact on the environment by reducing waste through recycling, saving energy and promoting environmental issues to its staff.

University Information Services Environmental Action Plan 



The UIS Green Team is committed to leading the improvements in our environmental performance and are responsible for sharing information relating to environmental issues. Everyone at UIS has a responsibility to follow the guidance set out in this action plan.



The UIS Green Team will

• Carry out annual basic energy audits with the support of the University’s Environment & Energy Office and share an action list with the Senior Leadership Team.

Everyone will

• Read the Purchasing Guidance for UIS Staff document (available on the staff intranet) which contains information on environmental considerations before purchasing new electrical equipment.

• Take responsibility for switching off lights and electrical equipment where possible before they leave the building.

• Avoid using electric heaters unless there are exceptional circumstances.



Everyone will

• Purchase/use paper made from pulp from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sustainable sources.

• Continue to share documents (e.g. meeting papers and handouts) electronically wherever possible.

• Attempt to rehome any unwanted office furniture or reusable equipment before disposing of it. Specifically, they will use the University’s Warp-it facility wherever possible to re-home unwanted items within the University.

• Continue to use the department’s facilities for recycling in order to minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill.

• Place any unwanted stationery, envelopes, folders and files in the wall-hung recycle stations (near printers) so that they can be reused.

• Consider the environment before printing, and print double-sided whenever possible.



The UIS Green Team will

• Continue to promote the use of public transport, cycling and walking to staff and visitors.

Everybody will

• Consider whether they can use video conferencing facilities an alternative to travelling to meetings.


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