As well as the College’s Carbon Committee, the JCR and MCR have Environment reps and all members of the College community are encouraged to consider ways to minimise their carbon footprints. We need everyone to engage with our sustainable initiatives in order to make a difference.

Room thermometers

The College has put thermometers in every College room to encourage occupants to put on extra layers before turning up their heating.

Liquid crystal thermometer showing which temperatures are eco-unfriendly

Energy-saving tips

Posters with energy saving tips have been placed in strategic locations.

Poster with energy-saving tips

Switch up your Lunch

The College participates in Good Food Oxfordshire’s annual Switch up your Lunch initiative which encourages companies, schools, universities and community groups in Oxfordshire to pledge to eat a vegetarian or vegan lunch on one day in June. In 2023 a total of 22,000 people across 30 organisations took part.


Earthsongs was an event that took place in Trinity Term 2024. The event combined gardening and poetry to reimagine material experience and relation. With poet JC Niala and Head Gardener Gwyneth Hanson.

Find out more about the research behind this event in an interview with Old Member Bill Kroeger on our blog.


In Hilary Term 2023, we shared a mini-campaign on Instagram to inform our students about the different areas where the College is working to be more sustainable.

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. In 2018, 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.

Any student can get involved with Green Impact and work on a number of different areas to improve the College’s green credentials: biodiversity and community, catering and events, embedding and communication, energy, grounds, procurement, travel, waste and recycling, and water. Speak to the JCR Environment Rep for information on how to take part.

green impact logo