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The Green Mary Staff Workbook

The Green Mary staff workbook is QMUL’s staff sustainability accreditation scheme. Across QMUL staff form teams and follow a workbook of sustainability-themed criteria and activities to achieve either a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum award for their work. To achieve an award, staff complete a variety of criteria intended to increase sustainable behaviours and reduce the environmental impact and provide an economic and social benefit for their workspace.  

The Workbook criteria are designed to be diverse, fun, achievable, and many allow you to unleash your inner creativity. For example, teams in the past have saved money for their department by replacing bottle-fed with mains-fed water coolers; others have reached out to other departments and met new people by forming lunchtime charity craft groups in their building.

Get in touch with us on if you are interested in taking part. Teams can join at various times throughout the year.

Sustainability training opportunities

Our Environmental Sustainability Skills for the Workforce training for those with staff or researcher roles at QMUL aims to ensure that environmental sustainability is embedded in the way we carry out our responsibilities. The course is fully accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). Find out more about upcoming courses. 

Please email for booking and more information about future courses. 

Sustainability on campus

Staff are able to benefit from a number of discounts on food and drink at Queen Mary including Meat-Free Mondays and our reusable cup discount. 

As well as this, a range of measures supports sustainable travel on and between our campuses, including the Cycle to Work Scheme and regular bike maintenance sessions. 

Sustainability projects and campaigns

Each year the Students' Union and University run several sustainability campaigns to which aim to make a difference to the overall sustainability of the campus, or the behaviours of QMUL staff and students. For example, through our termly Reuse scheme, we collect donations from departing students and give them a new home with new students. 

Please contact the Students' Union Sustainability Coordinator if you'd like to work together on a sustainability initiative 

Sustainability volunteering

The Student's Union runs a range of sustainability-related volunteering opportunities throughout the year, many of which are open to staff as well as students. Opportunities are promoted via the weekly staff e-bulletin. If you have any questions or an idea for a volunteering activity please contact Opportunities in 2019/20 have included;

  • Canal clean-ups
  • Bulb and wildflower planting
  • Lunchtime gardening
  • Helping out at Bow Food Bank