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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

MMLL is committed to reducing its environmental impact. We have a Green Team working hard to raise awareness of environmental issues in the building, and we need everyone to do their bit if we are to make a real improvement to our sustainability.

Improving sustainability should be fun so we organise a range of activities over the course of the year. We'll also keep you informed via this page about other environmental initiatives around the University, so do check back from time to time and see what's coming up. 

We're pleased to announce that The MMLL Green Team received the Silver Green Impact Award 2020-21

Our staff induction checklist now includes sustainability training 

The June Creative Challenge 2021

To celebrate Pride Month and the start of 30 Days Wild, which challenges you to do one wild thing a day, we invited students and staff to participate in our creative challenge. Many lovely photographs linked to nature/wildlife were submitted. We askied people that submit photos to make an optional donation to LGBTQ+ charity, The Kite Trust, a local Cambridge charity supporting LGBTQ+ young people. 

We were so pleased with the results of this competition and invite you to look at our entries here: 

Borrow a Bike 

The University's Sustainability Team are working with Outspoken Cycles to deliver the scheme which will allow staff to choose from a range of bikes, including city, hybrid, electric, folding and cargo bikes, for just £10 per month. The scheme will give staff the opportunity to try their commute by bike before investing in purchasing one themselves.

Induction events will be held each month where staff can pick up and drop off the bikes, alternatively a pick up/collection service can be arranged for an extra cost.

For more details you can visit​ 

Bespoke Travel Advice for University Staff

A new Travel Advisor service is being launched to help University staff consider their travel choices as thoughts turn towards returning to the workplace.

After working from home for the past year or more, you might be unsure about what your travel options are as the University begins opening its doors again. The Travel Advisors can help you find out what’s changed since you last travelled to work, including how to keep active by walking and cycling as part of your commute.

This new service has been introduced by the University to help staff explore the alternative travel options that might be available to them, perhaps looking for a commute that is healthier, greener, faster or cheaper than previous arrangements. The service is aimed at all staff, although it might be particularly useful if you’re a relatively recent or new starter who has yet to venture to the workplace. 

Recent newsletters

Saving Energy at Home 

Single Out Campaign

How to have a Greener Christmas

Our Green Team

Our Green Team:

  • Jacob Baldwin
  • Lauren Byrnes
  • Huyen Duong
  • April McIntyre
  • Alison Murfin 
  • Melanie Parker
  • Mina Perkins
  • Dr Martin Ruehl

We're always happy to receive feedback and suggestions so if you have any ideas, or if you'd like to join the team, please contact us on 

What can I do to be Green? 

There are lots of ways in which you can help. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Switch off lights when you leave a room
  • Switch off equipment at the end of the day and use 'sleep' mode when you go to a meeting
  • Bring in your own coffee/tea mug rather than use one from the drinks machine
  • Think before you throw away your rubbish - use the recycling bin if possible
  • Take the stairs, not the lift
  • Put on a jumper on a cold day rather than turn up the heating
  • Report maintenance issues (e.g. a dripping tap) to the Facilities Management Team.
  • Only print what you really need to have in hard copy
  • Always print double-sided, and photocopy double-sided wherever possible
  • Share transport or use a bike rather than driving a car
  • Bring in batteries to the MML Faculty Office for recycling
  • Bring in electrical/electronic equipment for recycling by the Facilities Management Team.

Contact us:

Twitter: @MmllTeam

External links

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News and Events

Fantastic results revealed!

23 September 2016

We have recently received our latest Energy Rating Certificate and are delighted to be able to reveal some really impressive results...

Spotlight on Waste month in MML!

17 August 2016

August is 'Spotlight on Waste' month and MML is actively participating!

The MML Green Team needs you!

8 June 2016

We are looking for new committee members to join the Green Team 2016-17! Our work is rewarding and important, and doesn't present a huge time commitment, please consider joining us.