What you can do

All of us can contribute to a more sustainable way of working and living. Although the following suggestions apply to working and studying at Newcastle University, the general principles can also be applied elsewhere.

Computers and associated equipment
  • Switch off computers and monitors if not required for long periods. Equipment is not damaged by turning it off.

  • Make sure automatic ‘power down’ systems on your computer are set to operate after short periods of inactivity.

  • Wherever possible, equipment that is not in regular use should only be turned on when needed.

Heating, cooling and ventilation
  • Close windows and doors before turning up the heating.

  • Make sure that radiatiors are not covered or obstructed.

  • Do not use portable heaters.

  • Make sure heating is off before opening windows and doors for cooling purposes, and always use natural ventilation in preference to air conditioning or fans. Careful use of blinds in hot weather can help keep rooms cool.

  • Report ill-fitting doors/windows, and any heating, cooling and ventilation problems to Estates (telephone [222] 7171). Estates should also be contacted if a heated room or space is rarely or never used.

  • Wherever possible, make best use of natural light rather than using artificial lighting, e.g. opening blinds rather than turning on lights, or positioning desks near windows.

  • Always switch off lights when not required any longer.

  • Use energy efficient lamps and strips.


Switch off photocopiers at the end of the day.

Kettles and Urns.

Kettles and Urns.


Use the stairs in preference to the lift whenever possible.

Paper and Card.
  • Reduce the amount of paper used by double-sided printing or photocopying. Use scrap paper where possible.

  • Paper and card waste should be recycled. Paper recycling bins are positioned in many places. Bins can be ordered from House Services. Cardboard should be flattened and placed in a safe position next to the paper recycling bins.

Paper that can be recycled
  • White and coloured paper

  • Continuous computer paper

  • Plain windowless envelopes

  • Non-laminated leaflets/ magazines that can be torn

Paper not at present recycled in the University:
  • Newspapers

  • Any paper attached to plastic

  • Glossy, laminated paper that cannot be torn

  • Envelopes with windows

  • Use only as much water as is necessary and turn taps off properly after use.

  • Report leaks or drips to Estates.

Contact the EDC

For further details of the EDC's activities please get in touch with us through our contact page.

Commercial Research at Newcastle University

A full list of commercially available research facilities for Newcastle University can be found on the Services for Business web pages.

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