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 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 recently established 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.
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
- Waste and recycling
In November 2017, the College's Governing Body agreed to use Fairtrade products wherever possible, and to seek accreditation from the Fairtrade Foundation. In order to demonstrate and continue our Fairtrade commitment, where possible, the College will make Fairtrade products available, serve Fairtrade products at College meetings and events, and host events to educate members of College about Fairtrade.
In 2020, we were delighted to be one of five colleges included in Oxford's Fairtrade University and College Award.
Why support Fairtrade? Find out here.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to take part in any green initiatives.