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Staff can be involved with the following groups and benefit from sustainability initiatives.

Staff have access to number of discounts on food and drink at Queen Mary including Meat-Free Mondays and our reusable cup discount. Staff are also supported for engaging in sustainable travel on and between our campuses, including the Cycle to Work Scheme and regular bike maintenance sessions.

Sustainability and Climate Action Network (SCAN)

The Sustainability and Climate Action Network consolidates individuals across all areas of the university to discuss and action change for a sustainable future. We will be building a network of channels dedicated to different sustainability areas including waste management, biodiversity, education and curriculum, food and student voice. To join, please email

Other Sustainability Groups at Queen Mary

Sustainability in the Curriculum Network

Join a group of staff working towards integrating the UN Sustainability Goals into the curriculum. The group meets every month and shares resources that support educators with embedding sustainability into their courses. Find out more and get involved.

Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF)

Get Green Lab Certification with the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF). The Framework criteria focus on areas like equipment, people, waste, sample and chemical management and research quality. Find out more and get involved.

Environmental Sustainability Champions (ESC)

Environmental Sustainability Champions are staff who volunteer their time to support to the university to improve its sustainability performance through the following aims:

  • Create and maintain open channels for dialogue within workplaces.
  • Signpost colleagues towards the relevant services and initiatives where these already exist.
  • Promote the introduction of new behaviours and ideas for re-thinking and redesigning unsustainable activity in the workplace.
  • Ensure support is made available for developing and implementing environmental causes and initiatives at Queen Mary.
  • Assist in the ongoing assessment of existing processes and resources.
  • Encourage the improvement of existing measures to ensure sustainability is embedded and maximised by all staff.
  • Maintain awareness through active discussions around comparative sustainability goals of departments at Queen Mary, by sharing feedback received and departmental input.
  • Assist with enabling and empowering staff and students to make positive changes beyond their immediate work environment.
  • Help to create a proactive environment that celebrates ongoing improvement, collecting feedback on issues and new initiatives for sharing across Queen Mary and beyond.

ESCs meet every month on Teams. You can find more information in the following document: Introduction to ESC [PDF 340KB]. To get involved with the ESCs or raise an issue for the group to discuss, please email

Please email for further enquiries and suggestions.

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