The Babraham Institute joins Green Impact programme

The Babraham Institute joins Green Impact programme

Key points:

  • The Babraham Institute, Babraham Research Campus Ltd. and eight campus-based companies commit to sustainability action plan.
  • The organisations have enrolled in the UK-SOS initiative ‘Green Impact’ which provides a comprehensive action plan for sustainability efforts and monitoring of progress.
  • The Institute will follow a bespoke action plan to reduce our environmental impact and achieve accreditation for effective sustainability practices.

The Babraham Institute, and other organisations from across the Babraham Research Campus, have launched their participation in the ‘Green Impact’ programme to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and activities. Green Impact is a multi-award winning programme for environmentally and socially sustainable practice, delivered by Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK). Over the coming year, the organisations will use a bespoke action plan to continue driving efforts to be more sustainable.

The commitment to this accreditation scheme follows over two years of work by a team of Institute staff to address the environmental impact of research and the activities that support science. Established in 2019 after recognising the resource-intensive nature of science, the Green Labs team have raised awareness of more sustainable practices in order to guide behavioural change and have identified key areas to tackle. Initiatives already in place include improved recycling services for laboratory equipment, making positive change through gains in energy efficiency, offsetting unavoidable conference travel and planting hedgerows with a local school. The newly launched blog series will share perspectives and personal case studies to encourage Institute members, and those at other research performing organisations, to become more aware of and take part in green initiatives. The first entry explains more about the creation and progress made under the Green Lab initiative to date and motivation for tackling the climate crisis at work.

Registering to participate in Green Impact will help to focus the environmental activities of the organisations involved over the next year and help to increase visibility of the work taking place on site. Dr Jo Durgan, senior research scientist and Chair of the Babraham Institute’s Green Labs steering group, explained: “The Green Labs steering group and teams across the Institute have been working hard to reduce the impact the Institute has on the planet. The Green Impact programme will help us address a wide range of areas, from energy, waste and water, to transport, nature and education in our continued efforts to become more sustainable. It’s great that Babraham Research Campus Ltd. and eight companies are joining us, creating a new sustainability network across campus.”

Green Impact also provides support and systems for monitoring progress. Representatives from the participating organisations have worked with SOS-UK to create a tailored action plan of over three hundred potential practical changes. By implementing these actions the organisations involved can work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditation, and more importantly, reduce their environmental impact.

Follow the implantation of the Institute’s sustainability action plan through the Institute blog and the activities of Green Labs initiative on Twitter at @GreenBabraham.

Notes to Editors

Press contact
Honor Pollard, Communications Officer, honor.pollard@babraham.ac.uk

Image description: Children from a local school planting a hedgerow as part of the Green Labs activities

Additional/related resources:
Green Labs blog 19 October 2021: A blueprint for Green Labs: catalysing environmental action at the Babraham Institute
News 3rd August 2021: Meet Dr Jo Durgan - Sir Michael Berridge award winner 2021

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