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					Environmental Review Checklist

This is by no means an exhaustive environmental review. But is designed to give teams within Edinburgh Napier University
a chance to review and reflect on the environmental impact of their normal day-to-day actions.

Energy                                                                                                                     Yes/No Comment and Action Points

Are projectors, computer monitors, smart boards, televisions and other AV equipment switched off when not in use?

Do computers automatically switch to standby when not used?

Are hot water taps free of drips?

Does water heat up quickly (in kitchen and toilets) when the tap is turned on?

Is the water comfortably hot (apart from kitchens and cleaners' rooms, no hotter than 43 degrees centigrade)

Are windows and doors free from draughts?

Are curtains and/or blinds fitted at the windows?

Are the curtains / blinds closed at night?

Do all outside doors close automatically?

Are windows and doors kept closed during cold weather?

Are rooms carpeted to insulate solid floors / reduce draughts?

Are shelves fitted above radiators to deflect warm air into the room?

Are reflector panels fitted behind radiators?

Is the heating set at an appropriate temperature?

Are personal fan heaters (or equivalent) avoided?

Are rechargeable batteries used where possible?

Does the building use any sources of renewable energy?

Are staff aware of how much the University spends on energy consumption each year?
Health and Well-Being

Are staff aware of the Healthy Working Lives programme and the work carried out by the University through the programme?

Are staff more inclined to walk or cycle to work, and for work, for health rather than environmental reasons.


Does your office have a travel plan?

Is information provided to new staff on sustainable methods of transport?

Do staff utilise video conferencing facilities when practical and possible?

Do staff and students mostly walk, cycle or use public transport when commuting?

Is there dry, secure cycle storage?

Is there a network of safer routes around the campus / office?

Are staff aware of the Bike to Work scheme?

Are there showers for staff to use? Are they adequate?

Are staff encouraged to use the bus when cycling or walking is not practical?

Are staff encouraged to use the bus network instead of taxi's?

Are staff given bus tokens / slips to use on Lothian Regional Transport fleet?

When commuting, do most people car share?

Have any members of the team signed-up to the Liftshare scheme?
Have any members of the team joined the City Car Club scheme?

Do the team have access to a pool car? If so, has a green review of the car been carried out?

Are hire vehicles used? If so, are smaller cars chosen in the first instance?

Have any members of staff attended driver training?

Are short-haul domestic flights avoided in favour of train or bus travel?

Is international travel carried out only when completely necessary?

Waste Minimisation

Has the team ever conducted a waste audit? If so, what remedial action was undertaken.

Are envelopes opened carefully for reuse?

Are reusable envelopes used for internal mail?

Is paper used on both sides before recycling?

Are photocopies always printed double-sided?

Are there adequate recycling facilities for the team to use?

If staff bring in pack-lunches, are they encouraged to reduce packaging waste and use reusable containers?

When catering is organised for meetings and events, is careful consideration given to possible levels of food waste?

Are any chemicals used by the team? If so, is wastage avoided where possible? And are they disposed of correctly?

Are items of stationary such as staplers and scissors shared between members of staff?

When staff no longer need items of stationary or furniture, are they stored at a central point for other staff to use?

Are mobile phones recycled or kept for use within the team?
Are electronic copies favoured over hard-copy documents?

If hard-copy documents must be used, is recycled paper used?

Are tropical hardwood products and timber avoided?

Is furniture re-used where possible?


Is the water pressure adjusted in kitchens and toilets to be enough without being excessive?

Are timed operation taps installed?

Are lot volume spray taps installed?

Are dripping taps repaired quickly?

Have automatic urinal flush controls been fitted?

Have low flush volume WC's been installed? If not, have water hippos been installed?


Is the amount of packaging waste considered when procuring any products?

Are materials bought in large quantities to reduce transport and excessive packaging?

If electrical items are procured, is their energy consumption considered?

If buying uniforms, are Fair Trade or Organic cottons (or equivalents) chosen?

Is the carbon lifecycle of any items procured considered?

Are environmental considerations made when booking venues for conferences / meetings or hotels?

Are social / environmental ethics considered when setting up any procurement contracts?

Are environmental considerations built into the wider planning matrix of the team, and into the wider scope of the team?

Does the team have any environmental statements or targets within any action plans or policies?

Are environmental initiatives or issues discussed at any team meetings?

Are there opportunities for the team to feed-back environmental research or knowledge to share with colleagues?

Is good environmental practice shared between the team and other external organisations / key partners?

Has work been done to link, academically, the work of the team and the environment?

Has the team every included environmental information in any funding bids?


Are staff aware of the Sustainability Office within the University?

Are staff aware of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group (ESAG) and their role in the University?

Are staff aware of the Environmental Sustainability Policies and Plans of the University?

Are staff aware of where to look for environmental information in the University?

Have any awareness campaigns been run to make staff aware of environmental issues?

Is there a general willingness, with staff, to change and consider the environment through all work practices?

Have any members of staff calculated their personal global footprint?

Would staff be willing to attend environmental training within the University?

Are any members of staff interested in becoming an Eco Champion?

Are environmental issues discussed as part of professional reviews?
Additional Comments

When completed, return the form to Jamie Pearson, Sustainability / Environmental Advisor 455 3747.
For more information on any of the work of the Sustainability Office, please do not hesitate to contact Jamie.

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