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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.
Fairtrade tea, cupcake and cookieFairtrade tea laid out in the Shulman AuditoriumThe Provost's Garden

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.

Green Impact

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
 
Fairtrade Accreditation

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 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.  

Why support Fairtrade? Find out more here.

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