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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. 

Our staff induction checklist now includes sustainability training.


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.

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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. 


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 MMLL Faculty Office for recycling
  • Bring in electrical/electronic equipment for recycling by the Facilities Management Team.

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News and Events

We've won a Silver Green Impact Award for 2021-2022

29 June 2022

We're proud to announce that we've achieved a Silver Green Impact Award for the second year running. We won't stop here and will be going for Gold in 2022-2023! To win our Award, we had to take action and make changes in a variety of areas. For example: We conducted a basic energy audit, to identify ways that we could save...

How do you travel around town?

20 April 2022

Hello! The University is committed to improving its level of sustainability, and at MMLL we’re doing our bit by aiming for the Green Impact silver award again this year. We hope to bring you news on that soon. The rising price of fuel is constantly in the news at the moment, so there’s never been a better time to think...

Welcome back to the Faculty!

28 March 2022

Hello! If you’re venturing back into the Faculty, the MMLL Green Team would like to welcome you with a Covid-cautious cheery wave. It’s been a long time since it felt lively here! Here are our top tips for making your return to the workplace as green as possible. Fancy a brew? Only fill the kettle with the amount of water...