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Department of Sociology


The Department will comply with environmental legislation, deliver the University’s Environmental Sustainability, Vision, Policy Framework and endeavour:

  • to promote environmental management policies and practices;
  • to increase awareness of environmental responsibilities amongst staff, students and visitors;
  • to work with other agencies to promote appropriate environmental policies;
  • to implement policies and procedures that contribute to a reduction in the Department's carbon footprint;
  • to refuse unnecessary purchases and to seek out more environmentally friendly alternatives when purchases need to be made;
  • to reuse and repurpose goods already purchased;
  • to maximise recycled waste;
  • to minimise non-recyclable waste;
  • to reduce energy consumption;
  • to reduce water consumption;
  • to minimise use of chemical and other pollutants;
  • to maintain the premises in an environmentally sensitive way;
  • to encourage modes of transport and communication amongst its staff, students and visitors which will minimise environmental impact.

Resourcing & Procurement

The Department of Sociology takes their commitment to sustainable procurement seriously, ensuring that preferred suppliers are always approached as the first purchasing option in order to comply with Finance regulations, energy efficiency requirements, and also ensuring that the green credentials of suppliers and products have been evaluated by the Purchasing Working Group.

Before purchasing new large office equipment the Department has made a pledge to ensure that it cannot first be sourced elsewhere: Guide to buying second-hand equipment

Our dedicated Environment and Energy Coordinators communicate regularly with the University's Environment and Sustainability Team regarding the acquisition of more sustainable suppliers for the University as a whole, and also have strong links with Estates Management. The Department also regularly use WARPit, (the University's free, online tool for anyone based at the University of Cambridge) to dispose of unwanted items in an ethical manner, and source good quality second-hand items, where appropriate.



For Staff
Practical help when buying common items
Purchasing information via the Environment and Energy Section 

More advice on procurement and:

Find out more about the University's Procurement Services