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climate & sustainability

Many of our researchers are tackling the global issues of climate change and sustainability in efforts to be part of the solution. For example, we have been home to people working on prolonging the life of rechargeable batteries; improving the efficiency of rice crops to meet the food demands of a growing population; and increasing the survival chances of declining species.  

We are also deeply committed to making local changes within the College community.  For example, we have a Carbon Committee to work on a carbon policy and a series of carbon commitments. We have also worked to receive Fairtrade accreditation, established a working group on food to support environmental sustainability, and put sustainable considerations at the forefront of a recently commissioned ‘masterplan’ to assess the use of the College’s buildings over the next few years.

Green Impact

Green Impact is a nationwide sustainability and social responsibility engagement and reward scheme. Teams of staff from any department, building or college across the University of Oxford can take part. The College was delighted to be awarded Gold in its first year of participating in Green Impact.  We also won the highly commended best newcomer award and look forward to building on this success.

Any student can become a member of the College's Green Impact team.  We work on a number of different areas to improve the College's green credentials.  The key areas are listed below:

  • Biodiversity and community
  • Catering and events
  • Embedding and communication
  • Energy
  • Grounds
  • Procurement
  • Travel
  • Waste and recycling
  • Water

Please contact news@queens.ox.ac.uk if you'd like to take part in any green initiatives.