Green Impact

Your libraries are proud to be part of the NUS Green Impact Initiative scheme 

Green Impact is an accredited environmental awards scheme run by the NUS. It asks participants to carry out positive actions within their workplace to minimise their energy use and improve in areas such as recycling and waste, as well as encouraging engagement with community events and citizen science nature projects.

We welcome student involvement

Please email the Green contact for your library with any comments or suggestions:
Penryn Campus Library: Kay Hebbert 
Falmouth Campus Library: Jeanette Langley-Brown 


Penryn Campus Library

Penryn Campus Library has taken part in Green Impact for the last two years, achieving Bronze in 2015/16 and Silver in 2016/17. We aim to complete the Gold criteria during the 2017/18 academic year with a focus on reducing paper waste and increasing recycling amongst both staff and students. 

Here are some of the measures we’ve taken to lessen the library’s environmental impact and raise awareness of green issues:

  • Library photocopiers have double sided printing as the default setting.
  • Withdrawn books are given to Betterworld Books who then sell, recycle or reuse the stock donations.  
  • Notices up in all offices reminding staff to switch off lights, PCs and other electrical equipment at the end of the day.
  • A designated Green Library noticeboard in the group study area near the library helpdesk that shares information on various environmental issues, relevant local events and nature initiatives.  
  • We have a compost bin in the staffroom for food waste, this is emptied weekly for use in the student allotments. 
  • Recycling bins throughout the library, including a bin with a separate compartment for liquid waste.
  • Water fountains to encourage use of refillable bottles.
  • Motion sensor lighting meaning areas are only lit when in use.

Falmouth Campus Library

Please help keep your library a pleasant and usable space for everyone by putting your rubbish into the correct recycling and waste bins.