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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience



PDN loves to be Green

PDN is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the department. In order to achieve this we ask that everyone works in a resource-efficient way, minimising impacts to the environment wherever possible. Practical examples of this are switching off lights and equipment when they're not needed, recycling, printing double sided and choosing environmentally friendly modes of transport whenever possible. 

The aim of this page is to promote awareness of green issues in the department and to keep you up-to-date with what the department and university as a whole are doing to try and reduce their environmental impact.


PDN Green Team

PDN has its own 'Green Team' who work hard to promote environmental issues in the department.

We're always happy for new members to join the team so if you're interested please get in touch with one of us, or email

Busma Butt, Katie Conran, Kat Millen, Leonie Pakulat, Emily Rigby, Karen Whitehead, Liz Williams.



The university waste contract is now with Mountain Recycling, there are two main bins for non-hazardous waste:

  • Food waste: Food, tea bags and coffee grinds. There are caddies around the department. The external bins are green.
  • Resource recovery (mixed recycling): Any other non-hazardous dry waste, card, glass (package any broken glass in a cardboard box or similar) paper, plastics of any kind, tissue etc. The external bins are blue.

Batteries and toner cartridges can be recycled by stores, x-ray films are collected in boxes by the developers, pens and writing implements are collected for recycling at both receptions and tip packaging from Starlab and Gilson is collected from the department (contact us for more details). Gel ice packs should be collected in a clear plastic bag then put into the external ‘A’/wet waste bins.

For hazardous waste (biological, chemical or sharps) see the Safety pages.


Travel Tips

  • Use KeyTravel to book your work related flights and train tickets. The department is invoiced directly so there is no need to make an expense claim, and they compare the different options so you don't have to. If you can't book what you want online (for example trains other than Eurostar) simply send them an email or give them a call.
  • The University has a travel to work loan for annual season tickets or bike equipment.
  • There are cycle repair stations on most university sites, including one on the Downing site. See the map here.
  • CycleStreets have a wonderful interactive online cycle map and other cycling information can be found on the  university travel Teams site
  • The University has a number of Zipcar vehicles across the estate. Sign up to Zipcar at a discounted price through the University.
  • As an alternative to travelling to meetings you can use video conferencing. From Skype to Webinars, there are now so many alternatives. 
  • For more info on travelling to work see the university's Downing Site travel guide