Did you know?
Leaving your computer on overnight wastes enough energy to cook 6 microwave meals
Leaving one light on overnight for a year produces as much C02 as a car drive from Cambridge to Paris
Turning down the temperature by 1°C can save 8% of your heating costs
POLIS is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the department. We are a member of Green Impact Universities and Colleges, an accreditation and award scheme run by the NUS.
Some of our ongoing Green Team projects are:
- Signs in Alison Richard Building reminding people to switch off lights, reduce water use and recycle wherever possible
- Tap water provided for departmental meetings
- Double sided printing used wherever possible
- All visitors advised on public transport options
- Staff encouraged to use environmentally friendly ways to get to work
- Tele/Videoconferencing promoted for meetings
We have also organised Christmas Jumper days (to highlight the ideal office temperature of 18ºC), a stationery amnesty (to encourage staff to return unused stationery) and promoted Switch Off Week.
The Alison Richard Building Green Team was delighted to achieve the Gold Award in 2016. Furthermore, the POLIS department was runner up in the Environmental Impact Award category for creating a new online admissions database which saves 6000 sheets of paper a year.
If you would like to find out more about our Green Team projects, or have any ideas on other ways POLIS can reduce its environmental impact, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or come and see us in the POLIS office on the first floor of the ARB.
For more information about Universities and Colleges Green Impact, click here
Green Team Travel Tips
Ways to travel to the Alison Richard Building
Park and Ride
Cambridgeshire County Council run a 'Park & Ride' service from Madingley Road, just off Junction 13 of the M11 to the West of Cambridge. Take the Uni 4 bus (which runs from Monday to Friday) and alight at the stop entitled 'West Road University Library', which is opposite the Alison Richard Building. For more information on the County Council’s Park and Ride listings click here.
The Uni 4 and Citi 4 buses run between Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Madingley Road Park & Ride, via Silver Street and the West Cambridge site, and between Trumpington Street and the West Cambridge site. Buses run between about 7am and 7.30pm Monday to Friday, with buses between the West Cambridge site and the city centre 8am to 7.40pm Saturdays. There are four buses an hour at peak times, and three buses an hour off-peak. Where the Uni 4 and the Citi 4 travel the same route, one or the other bus should arrive every ten minutes.
For those wishing to cycle, there is a large covered bike shed alongside the Alison Richard Building, in addition to the numerous bike racks elsewhere on the Sidgwick Site.
- Did you know about the wonderful interactive online cycle map from CycleStreets? Find a safer, quieter or quicker route for you to cycle today: http://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/
We also have our Pool Bike, available to borrow from reception, for quick trips around town.
Trains run regularly to Cambridge from both London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street. If you are coming from the North, it is advisable to change at Peterborough. West Road is a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride from the railway station.