Past events

Spring into action: reuse and recycle

Monday 27 March - Friday 7 April

This spring we are running a promotional campaign ‘Spring into action’ to raise awareness of reuse and recycling which can cut costs and reduce our environmental impact.

What's it about?

Aims are to:

  • raise awareness about our reuse platform WARPit and reach £100,000 savings
  • encourage people to post and claim items as part of a spring clean
  • spread the word about waste management
  • promote local initiatives such as paper reduction, refillable items and all your other great examples.

To help departments make the most of this we are producing a number of posters, social media and awareness-raising materials. These will be available here for you to download and use on your sites. We are still adding resources so do check back over the next week.

NB: Not all the promotional materials will be directly relevant to colleges but we hope you will find the general idea useful.

Interested - what to do next?

The good thing is that you don't have to do anything. Resources are available from here. Please do check back as we are adding more resources in the run up to the event and during the event to update you about progress.
If you let us know how you plan to use the materials, we’ll make sure we include you in social media and stories about the event.

Email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Our Waste Journey

Room 4 Wellington Offices
12:30-13:30 21 February 2017

Open to all staff and Green Impact Project Assistant Student (NB: College teams may find the session less applicable but are welcome to attend.)

Join the University’s account manager Ian Adamson from Select Environmental who manage the University’s non-hazardous waste and hear about:

  • the journey the waste sector has been on and what the future may hold.
  • the journey the University waste takes
  • how we can assist to produce better recycling

Members of the Safety Office team will also be on hand to answer questions about hazardous waste.

Free to attend, beverages will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

Register to attend here.

Science Transit Road Show and Free Taster Tickets

Members of the Environmental Sustainability team will be on hand to answer all your questions about the Science Transit Shuttle and help you make best use of the service.

Join us at our stall in the cafés between 12:00-14:00 on the following dates and receive some complimentary tickets as well.

Tuesday 17 January 2017

  • Chemistry Research Laboratory
  • Weston Library

Wednesday 18 January 2017

  • Clarendon Common Room

Thursday 19 January

  • Green Building Atrium
  • Biochemistry

Friday 20 January

  • Dennis Wilkinson Building
  • Richard Doll
  • DPAG Sherrington

Whether you’re looking to commute, get between meetings or just have an alternative to a bike in a heavy rain shower the Science Transit Shuttle can assist you with getting between Old Road Campus, Science Area and Harwell.

Please help us raise awareness of this service and let your colleagues know or recommend it as a transport option for appropriate meetings. 

New opportunity - The Oxford Colleges Sustainability Guild

Thursday 26 January 11:00-12:00 followed by coffee and networking

Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College

To register for the event click here.

Good news! You are invited to join colleagues from colleges, the University and the city in a new forum.  We will share ideas, and information and support colleges as they continue their sustainable journeys. Having representatives from all the key areas within colleges will form part of the inter-disciplinary nature of the Guild, so we really do want you to come along.

The session will hear from

▪ Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability, University of Oxford providing a brief overview of sustainability at the University

▪ Jo Colwell, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Oxford City Council giving an introduction to the work being carried out in the city including by Low Carbon Oxford

▪ Bart Ashton, Domestic Bursar, Lady Margaret Hall outlining the group’s aims and plans

This interactive session will bring together professionals and interested persons from across the colleges of Oxford. The ultimate aim is to understand, identify, develop, implement, share and influence activities in the colleges, supporting their efforts to become more sustainable.

Please email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk if you are interested but cannot attend on this occasion.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Bart Ashton

Bursar, Lady Margaret Hall

Harriet Waters

Head of Sustainability, Estates Services, University or Oxford

Opportunities and Barriers – 1 hour

12:30 – 13:30
31 January, Room 1 Examinations School

Refreshments and cakes provides please bring your own lunch if you would like.

This course is open to Green Impact teams and students trained as Green Impact Project Assistants. Remaining places will be offered to all staff.

This hour-long workshop gives you the chance to discuss barriers that you’re coming up against in your sustainability work and how to overcome them. We will offer you solutions but also help you to develop solutions for future problems you may encounter. We’ll finish on a positive note by discussing some of the opportunities associated with taking part in the Green Impact programme.

To find out more about Green Impact and how you can get involved click here.

Register for the event here

Introduction to Energy and Water Management at the University of Oxford

(STAFF ONLY)

28 September 2016, 12pm to 14pm

Wolfson Room - Chemistry Research Laboratory 12 Mansfield Road

The Environmental Sustainability Team would like to invite you to a workshop designed to provide training, create a two way communication route between the teams and build a network amongst BM/FM to help focus on sustainability issues around the university.

This session with be provided over a lunch period, limited to 24 attendees and session topics will be repeated through the year to ensure that all members get an opportunity to attend. We would welcome attendees from all members of staff that would benefit, please do share this invite onwards to the appropriate people.

This workshop will focus around Energy Management and will be presented by Alan Wood and Jonathan Walford.

Sign up here to attend: here

Student Switch Off Ambassador Training

Thursday 27 October (week 3)

4 x 50 min sessions: 12:05-12.55pm, 1:05-1:55pm, 3:05-3:55pm or 4:05-4:55pm.

Become a Student Switch Off Ambassador to help your college reach Platinum in this year’s Student Switch Off.

This informal and interactive workshop will look at tips and tricks on effective communication to support your college in the University’s Student Switch Off energy-saving and recycling competition. The skills learnt will be transferable to your academic and extracurricular activities, and will look great on your CV. The course will give you background information on the competition but you can visit the website [http://studentswitchoff.org/unis/oxford] or like the Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/OxfordSSO/] to learn a little more.

As a bonus, if you stay involved in Student Switch Off over the year you will receive an employment reference from the National Union of Students and be entered into a draw to win Eurostar tickets to Paris!

To sign up to attend this training and get involved for your college, please complete this short form.

Carbon Innovation Programme

(STAFF and STUDENTS)
18 October 2016, 5pm to 7:30pm
Said Business School

The Carbon Innovation Programme, in its second year of running, is an exciting opportunity for staff and students to develop innovative ideas, develop a viable business case, and (if successful) receive funding to deliver a real carbon reduction programme on the prestigious University of Oxford functional estate.

The team or individual responsible for the most successful projects is awarded a Carbon Innovator Award at the Sustainability Showcase Awards Evening.

This is a unique opportunity to receive training and support from experts, to work on real life scenarios and projects which will provide transferable skills and boost your CV. Individuals who present successful projects may have the opportunity to discuss career opportunities with industry partners Siemens or Hoare Lea, subject to availability.

To find out more about last year’s projects and the process visit www.energy.ox.ac.uk/CIP

Sign up here to attend:  here

University Parks: Maintaining over 9,000 trees

Tuesday 8 November 12.30pm - 1.30pm (lunch provided)

Who can attend? All current University staff and students are welcome.

Location: Examination Schools

Oxford has an extensive urban forest: as one of the major landholders Oxford University owns and manages a large number of trees in important spaces. Join Daniel Holden, Arboricultural Technician in the University Parks team, as he talks about the management of this tree stock and how our attitude to green spaces can shape the health and wellbeing of future generations.

The green urban environment is under an enormous amount of pressure from human activity. This talk focuses on the myriad of benefits trees can provide within our living and working space, from carbon capture to heat island mitigation. We will then look at how trees could be integrated into the future development of the University estate to provide these benefits, from new building design to retention and renewal of our existing green spaces.

Book your space here

Green Impact Project Assistant Training

Wednesday 19 October 9.30am – 1.30pm (lunch will be provided)

Who can attend? All current students are welcome.
Location: University Offices, Wellington Square.

We are looking for enthusiastic students to work alongside staff in colleges and departments across the University to make positive sustainable changes.

This great training opportunity will provide you with skills and knowledge to make practical sustainability changes to your college or department. The course will start with providing a background to Green Impact, a national sustainability competition, and give you the tools you need to work with staff to make a difference. It will you to utilise your current strengths and help you develop your skills in communication, team-working, project management and organisation.

To attend this exciting training opportunity, please complete this form.  
A full role description is available here.  If you have any additional queries email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk

Environmental Risk and Legal Compliance - Half-day course

Tuesday 9 August 09:00–13:00 Malthouse, Tidmarsh Lane

(lunch provided)

Open to all current staff with particular relevance to facilities/building mangers, administrators or similar roles this half day information course aims to give attendees insights and information regarding environmental risk and legal compliance to enable them to:

  • identify and minimise environmental risks
  • be aware of and understand legal compliance requirements within the University context
  • have an understanding of the tools available to assist.

The course is free to attend, maximum number of attendees is 10 to allow for discussions around specific site issues. To register your attendance or to discuss suitability of the course for your role contact Jennifer Jack on the below information:

Telephone: (01864 6)14893

Email: sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk

Environmental Risk and Legal Compliance - Half-day course

Friday 22 July 09:00–13:00 Malthouse, Tidmarsh Lane

(lunch provided)

Open to all current staff with particular relevance to facilities/building mangers, administrators or similar roles this half day information course aims to give attendees insights and information regarding environmental risk and legal compliance to enable them to:

  • identify and minimise environmental risks
  • be aware of and understand legal compliance requirements within the University context
  • have an understanding of the tools available to assist.

The course is free to attend, maximum number of attendees is 10 to allow for discussions around specific site issues. To register your attendance or to discuss suitability of the course for your role contact Jennifer Jack on the below information:

Telephone: (01864 6)14893

Email: sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk

Introduction to Energy and Water Management at the University of Oxford

(STAFF ONLY)

20 July 2016, 12pm to 2pm 

Room G54 - Botnar Research Centre Old Road

The Environmental Sustainability Team would like to invite you to the first in a series of workshops designed to provide training, create a two way communication route between the teams and build a network amongst BM/FM to help focus on sustainability issues around the university.

Each session with be provided over a lunch period, limited to 25 attendees and session topics will be repeated through the year to ensure that all members get an opportunity to attend. We would welcome attendees from all members of staff that would benefit, please do share this invite onwards to the appropriate people.

The first workshop will focus around Energy Management and will be presented by Alan Wood and Jonathan Walford.

Sign up here to attend: here

Introduction to Carbon Reduction

13 July 2016, 12pm to 2pm
Examination Schools, Room 15

Who can attend? Open to all staff.

This event aims to help you understand how the University manages its carbon emissions. There is a short introduction to the carbon target and the Carbon Management Programme, followed by a session on sharing best practice. Every participant will leave with an energy action plan and know how to access the Carbon Management Fund to help them implement projects.

Sign up here to attend: 13 July 2016 

See, hear, and learn about Oxford's Swifts

Join us and local swift experts for a swift walk and talk

See the swifts in action at Wellington Square before heading over to the Museum of Natural History where swifts have been nesting for over 60 years. This provides scientists with the rare opportunity to study these fascinating but elusive birds. The tower now has over 100 nesting boxes and daily progress is featured throughout their breeding season, from May to August, via a webcam on the Museum’s website.

There are limited places so sign up now for one of the dates below: Wednesday 29 June, 1pm - 2pm [past], Wednesday 6 July, 1pm - 2pm [past] or Wednesday 20 July 2016.

Sustainability Showcase 2016

15 June, 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Blavatnik School of Government

Invited staff, students and guests only.

The Sustainability Showcase 2016 will recognise and reward staff and students for Environmental Sustainability projects, ideas, and progress through the year across a variety of programmes. Those receiving awards will include:  

This will be a fun and inspiring event, attended by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson.
If you would like to know more, or would like to attend, please email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk

Oxford Bike week: Cyclists Breakfast

Open to all University staff and Oxonbike users
Wed 15 June, 7.30am to 10.30am at the University Club on Mansfield Road

To celebrate Oxford Bike Week (11-19 June 2016) www.oxfordbikeweek.co.uk/, the University's Sustainability Team is inviting staff cyclists and Oxonbike users to a free breakfast at the University Club on Mansfield Road http://www.club.ox.ac.uk/ on 15 June 2016. Just bring along your University card or proof of your Oxonbike membership or a recent Oxonbike rental to receive a voucher valid for a free University Club breakfast on the day.

For those based at Old Road Campus, please note there is a parallel event taking place at ORCRB from 8.30am to 9.30am on the same day. Bring along your bicycle helmet to receive a voucher that can be exchanged at the ORCRB’s café for a free breakfast. 

Introduction to sustainability in the laboratory environment

18 May 2016, 12pm to 2pm
Chemistry Research Lab, Wolfson Seminar Room

Who can attend? Open to all staff.

This course is aimed at staff working in University of Oxford laboratories, including lab managers, lab technicians, and other lab staff who are interested in sustainability. There will be a short introduction to the carbon target and the Carbon Management Programme, followed by a session on sharing best practice within the laboratory environment, to help participants identify projects that can be funded by the Carbon Management Fund.

Sign up here to attend: 18 May 2016

Efficient Cycling in Oxford and Headington

26 April, 1pm-2pm

Lecture Theatre 2, Academic Centre, JR Hospital 

Booking not required, just turn up on the day.

Whether you’re an experienced cycle commuter or have never ridden on two wheels, there’s something for everyone in this engaging talk. Sam Chappell, an experienced cyclist and trainer of Bikeability, will be giving two presentations on effective, safe, and enjoyable cycling. He will explain how to efficiently negotiate bus, car, and pedestrian traffic, how to position yourself on the road, how to work around other cyclists, and how to cycle more easily anywhere in the world. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to sign up for practical sessions where an experienced cycle training instructor from Broken Spoke will review your road skills one-on-one or teach you how to balance for the first time.

Introduction to Energy and Water Management

27 April 2016, 12pm to 2pm
Examination Schools, Room 6

Who can attend? Open to all staff.

This course aims to help you understand how energy (gas and electricity) is procured for the University, how this then translates as costs to individual departments, and what this means to users. The programme will include analysis of bills and an introduction to the energy data system, so that participants can interrogate and manage their own usage. It will also cover water management.

Sign up here to attend: 27 April 2016 

Environmental Risk and Legal Compliance - Half-day course

Thursday 28 April 09:00–14:00 Beaver House, Hythe Bridge Street

(lunch provided)

Open to all current staff with particular relevance to facilities/building mangers, administrators or similar roles this half day information course aims to give attendees insights and information regarding environmental risk and legal compliance to enable them to:

  • identify and minimise environmental risks
  • be aware of and understand legal compliance requirements within the University context
  • have an understanding of the tools available to assist.

The course is free to attend. To register your attendance or to discuss suitability of the course for your role contact Jennifer Jack on the below information:

Telephone: (01864 6)14893

Email: sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk

Environmental Risk and Legal Compliance - Half-day course

Thursday 5 May 12:00–17:00 Malthouse, Tidmarsh Lane

(lunch provided)

Open to all current staff with particular relevance to facilities/building mangers, administrators or similar roles this half day information course aims to give attendees insights and information regarding environmental risk and legal compliance to enable them to:

  • identify and minimise environmental risks
  • be aware of and understand legal compliance requirements within the University context
  • have an understanding of the tools available to assist.

The course is free to attend. To register your attendance or to discuss suitability of the course for your role contact Jennifer Jack on the below information:

Telephone: (01864 6)14893

Email: sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk

Biodiversity in Oxfordshire: Otters

Tuesday 5 April, 12pm – 1.30pm

Examination Schools

Lunch included

Open to all current University students and staff

Ellen Lee, Biodiversity Data Services Officer at Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre will discuss the behaviour ecology and distribution of otters, as well as their decline and then the resurgence of the otter population of Oxfordshire since the early 2000’s. In particular, she will discuss the reasons behind the otter’s spectacular population decline from 1960s to the early 1990s and look at reasons for their subsequent equally spectacular recovery.

Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability will also briefly discuss the University’s commitment to enhancing biodiversity, and the biodiversity strategy which is being developed to achieve this. This includes protecting, enhancing and connecting areas of amazing biodiversity within the University functional estate, such as Wytham woods, the Botanic Gardens and University Parks.

To sign up, register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/biodiversity-in-oxfordshire-otters-tickets-23183232673

Environmental Risk and Legal Compliance - Half-day course

Thursday 31 March 09:00–14:00 Malthouse, Tidmarsh Lane 

(lunch provided)

Open to all current staff with particular relevance to facilities/building mangers, administrators or similar roles this half day information course aims to give attendees insights and information regarding environmental risk and legal compliance to enable them to:

  • identify and minimise environmental risks
  • be aware of and understand legal compliance requirements within the University context
  • have an understanding of the tools available to assist.

The course is free to attend. To register your attendance or to discuss suitability of the course for your role contact Jennifer Jack on the below information:

Telephone: (01864 6)14893

Email: sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk

Efficient Cycling in Oxford and Headington

8 March, 1pm - 2pm

Lecture Theatre 2, Academic Centre, JR Hospital

Booking not required, just turn up on the day.

Whether you’re an experienced cycle commuter or have never ridden on two wheels, there’s something for everyone in this engaging talk. Sam Chappell, an experienced cyclist and trainer of Bikeability, will be giving two presentations on effective, safe, and enjoyable cycling. He will explain how to efficiently negotiate bus, car, and pedestrian traffic, how to position yourself on the road, how to work around other cyclists, and how to cycle more easily anywhere in the world. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to sign up for practical sessions where an experienced cycle training instructor from Broken Spoke will review your road skills one-on-one or teach you how to balance for the first time.

Introduction to sustainability in the laboratory environment

24 February 2016, 12pm to 2pm
Chemistry Research Lab, Wolfson Seminar Room

Who can attend? Open to all staff.

This course is aimed at building managers responsible for laboratories, lab managers, lab technicians, and other related staff or energy champions. There is a short introduction to the carbon target and the Carbon Management Programme, followed by a session on sharing best practice within the laboratory environment, to help participants identify projects that can be funded by the Carbon Management Fund.

Sign up here to attend: 24 Feb 2016 

Introduction to Carbon Reduction

10 February 2016, 12pm to 2pm

Examination Schools, Room 14

Who can attend? Open to all staff.

This event aims to help you understand how the University manages its carbon emissions. There is a short introduction to the carbon target and the Carbon Management Programme, followed by a session on sharing best practice. Every participant will leave with an energy action plan and know how to access the Carbon Management Fund to help them implement projects.

Sign up here to attend: 10 Feb 2016 

Introduction to Carbon Reduction

4 November 2015, 12pm to 2pm
Examination Schools, Room 14

4 Nov 2015 - Fully Booked

Who can attend? Open to all staff.

This event aims to help you understand how the University manages its carbon emissions. There is a short introduction to the carbon target and the Carbon Management Programme, followed by a session on sharing best practice. Every participant will leave with an energy action plan and know how to access the Carbon Management Fund to help them implement projects.

Green Impact workshop: Travel and Transport

2 February 2016, 12:00pm to 1.15pm (lunch provided)
Examination Schools, Room 14

This event is open to current students and members of staff at the University of Oxford only.

This lunchtime workshop will provide information about the University’s transport strategy, the benefits available to University staff, and guidance on how to complete transport-related Green Impact criteria.

The workshop is designed for members of Green Impact Teams but other staff are welcome to attend. You can find out more about Green Impact here.

Sign up using the link below if you wish to attend: 2 February.

Pedalling Innovation: Oxford’s first cycling hackathon

Friday 5 February, 5pm-9pm AND
Saturday 6 February, 9am- 5.30pm

Venue: The Story Museum, 42 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP

Who can attend? Open to all. Meals and refreshments will be provided.

Cycling in this city could be a better experience for all. We want to be part of a process of improving it – but we need to understand the current experience and challenges more fully.  For that we need data and we need your help. 

Join us for this innovative cycling hackathon, bringing people together to develop ideas to monitor and improve cycling for all in Oxford and beyond. Come with an interest in delving into a problem and designing diverse and creative solutions in a new and exciting way.

The event is open to anyone who is interested: you do not need to be a cyclist to come along, and you do not need to know about data. Perhaps you have an innovative idea for the shared economy; perhaps you find the collection of and application of data fascinating; perhaps you want to cycle but fear for your safety and would like to help to improve our city’s transport network; perhaps you’re just curious about the hackathon process and want to come and find out more.  Whatever your reason, you’re very welcome to join in the fun.

Book your place here or contact sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk  for more information. Event poster: Pedalling Innovation e-flyer (8,316kb)

Student Switch Off Ambassador Training

9 February 2016, 3 x 1 hour sessions running all afternoon: 12pm-1pm; 1pm-2pm; or 3pm-4pm.
Examination Schools, Room 11
Refreshments available

Become a Student Switch Off Ambassador to help your college reach Platinum in this year’s Student Switch Off.

This informal and interactive workshop will look at tips and tricks on effective communication to support your college in the University’s Student Switch Off energy saving competition. The skills learnt will be transferable to your academic and extracurricular activities and attending will look great on your CV.  The course will give you background information on the competition but you can visit the Facebook page to learn a little more here (www.facebook.com/oxfordsso).

As a bonus if you stay involved in Student Switch Off over the year you will receive an employment reference from the National Union of Students’ and be entered into a draw to win Eurostar tickets to Paris!

To sign up to attend this training and get involved for your college, please complete this short form.

Student Switch Off Ambassador Drop In Session

9 February 2016, 4pm-5pm
Examination Schools, Room 11
Refreshments available 

Any students already involved in the Student Switch Off Competition are welcome to drop in for a chat and to ask any questions you have about the campaign.

Green Impact Project Assistant Training

Wednesday 28 October 12pm – 3pm (lunch will be provided)

Who can attend? All current students are welcome.

Green Impact Project Assistants (GIPAs) work with staff in colleges and departments across the University to make positive sustainable changes.

This great training opportunity will provide students with skills and knowledge to support staff across the University. The course will start with providing a background to Green Impact, the University’s staff engagement programme. It will then prepare student volunteers for their role as Green Impact Project Assistants. It will encourage students to utilise their current strengths and help them develop their skills in communication, team-working, project management and organisation.

To benefit from this opportunity and to attend the training, please complete this form
A full role description is available here.  If you have any additional queries emailsustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk

Green Impact Workshop: Waste

Thursday, 10 December 2015 from 12:30pm to 1.30pm (lunch provided)

Examination Schools, Room 10

This event is open to current members of staff at the University of Oxford only.

This lunchtime workshop will provide information about University Waste, including how waste contracts work, where University Waste is taken, and how to improve the amount of waste that is recycled in your building.

The workshop is designed for members of Green Impact Teams but other staff are welcome to attend. You can find out more about Green Impact here.

Sign up using the link below if you wish to attend: 10 December

Carbon Innovation Programme: The Carbon Den

1 December 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Martin Woods Lecture Theatre, 20 Parks Road, OX1 3PU Oxford

Who can attend? Current staff and students at the University of Oxford.

This evening session represents the culmination of the first stage of the Carbon Innovation Programme. Join your colleagues, friends and mentors at this event to see teams present their projects and find out who will be awarded funding.

To attend, please sign up using this link.

Efficient Cycling in Oxford

21 October 2015, 1pm to 2pm

Lecture Theatre, Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, University Science Area 

28 October 2015, 12pm to 12.50pm

Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus 

Who can attend? Whether you’re an experienced cycle commuter or have never ridden on two wheels, there’s something for everyone in this engaging talk.

Sam Chappell, an experienced cyclist and trainer of the government-sponsored Bikeability cycle training programme, will be giving two presentations on effective, safe, and enjoyable cycling. He will explain how to efficiently negotiate bus, car, and pedestrian traffic, how to position yourself on the road, how to work around other cyclists, and how to cycle more easily anywhere in the world. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to sign up for practical sessions where an experienced cycle training instructor from Broken Spoke will review your road skills one-on-one, or teach you how to balance for the first time.

Booking not required, just turn up on the day.

Student Switch Off Ambassador Training

Thursday 29 October

5 x 1 hour sessions running all afternoon: 12pm-1pm; 1pm-2pm; 2pm-3pm; 3pm-4pm; and 4pm-5pm.

Become a Student Switch Off Ambassador to help your college reach Gold in this year’s Student Switch Off.

This informal and interactive workshop will look at tips and tricks on effective communication to support your college in the University’s Student Switch Off energy saving competition. The skills learnt will be transferable to your academic and extracurricular activities and attending will look great on your CV.  The course will give you background information on the competition but you can visit the Facebook page to learn a little more here (www.facebook.com/oxfordsso).

As a bonus if you stay involved in Student Switch Off over the year you will receive an employment reference from the National Union of Students’ and be entered into a draw to win Eurostar tickets to Paris!

To sign up to attend this training and get involved for your college, please complete this short form.

Carbon Innovation Programme: Networking Evening

30 October 2015, 5pm - 7pm 

School of Geography – Gottmann Room

Read more about the Carbon Innovation Programme here.

This networking evening is an opportunity to mingle and mix with fellow Carbon Innovators, update everyone on your project, incorporate new individuals, join a team or even form new teams with new ideas. Interested individuals who were unable to attend the launch are welcome to join at this point, however you must register by emailing sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Green Impact Botanic Gardens Tour

3 November 2015, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Oxford Botanic Gardens

Who can attend? Open to members of Green Impact Teams and student Green Impact Project Assistants only.

This short lunch-time tour of the Botanic Gardens will be an opportunity to meet and share ideas with other Green Impact teams. The tour will be led by the Botanic Garden’s Green Impact team.

Please email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk  to let us know if you’d like to attend. If you have specific access requirements please get in touch and we can provide further information about accessibility.

To find out more about the Green Impact scheme

Introduction to Energy and Water Management

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Wednesday 29 July 2015. 12-2pm.

Who can attend? Open to all staff.

This course aims to help you understand how energy (gas and electricity) is procured for the University, how this then translates as costs to individual departments, and what this means to users. The programme will include analysis of bills and an introduction to the energy data system, so that participants can interrogate and manage their own usage. It will also cover water management. 

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UAS conference presentation: Going for Gold: Green Impact in your department

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23 September 14:45 – 15:15

An overview of how the Green Impact programme brings together staff and students across the university to play an active role in improving the sustainable practices of their office, building or department. Green Impact helps to reduce utility bills and environmental impact, as well as gain positive publicity and accreditation for sustainable actions taken – teams are guided through a common framework of actions, and then presented an award by the Vice Chancellor to recognise their progress made throughout each year.

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Green Impact Celebration: Tree Planting at Wytham Woods

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24 September 12:30 - 14:00

An opportunity for Green Impact participants to celebrate their successes with a trip to Wytham Woods where we will be planting beech and oak trees. 

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Near Miss Project

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16 October 2015, 12pm to 12.50pm

Room L6, Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.

EVENT FULLY BOOKED

Dr Rachel Aldred will talk about the Near Miss Project which studies cyclists’ experiences of near misses, and has been the first study to calculate a per-mile non-injury incident rate for people cycling in the UK. Dr Aldred will discuss factors affecting incident rates, and the impact of incidents (eg how frightening they are).

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Launch Event: Carbon Innovation Programme

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16 October 2015, 10.30am to 3pm

Saïd Business School

Who can attend? Open to all staff and students.

The Carbon Innovation Programme (CIP) is an opportunity for students and staff at the University to generate unique ideas for carbon reduction and compete for funding to implement these across the University’s functional estate – which accommodates the day-to-day teaching, learning, research and administrative activities of the University. The best projects will receive a Carbon Innovator Award, and there may be opportunities for successful individuals to discuss internships and career opportunities with industry experts who are supporting the scheme. All current staff and students can take part but you must be registered to attend the launch event. To sign up and to find out more about the programme, go to www.energy.ox.ac.uk/cip.

Please email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk if you have further questions, or would like to be involved but cannot attend the launch event. 

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Pedalling Innovation: Oxford’s first cycling hackathon

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Date: TBC

Venue: TBC

Who can attend? Open to all. Meals and refreshments will be provided.

Cycling in this city could be a better experience for all. We want to be part of a process of improving it – but we need to understand the current experience and challenges more fully.  For that we need data and we need your help. 

Join us for this innovative cycling hackathon, bringing people together to develop ideas to monitor and improve cycling for all in Oxford and beyond. Come with an interest in delving into a problem and designing diverse and creative solutions in a new and exciting way.

The event is open to anyone who is interested: you do not need to be a cyclist to come along, and you do not need to know about data. Perhaps you have an innovative idea for the shared economy; perhaps you find the collection of and application of data fascinating; perhaps you want to cycle but fear for your safety and would like to help to improve our city’s transport network; perhaps you’re just curious about the hackathon process and want to come and find out more.  Whatever your reason, you’re very welcome to join in the fun.

Book your place here or contact sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk for more information.

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Efficient Cycling in Oxford

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21 October 2015, 1pm to 2pm

28 October 2015, 12pm to 12.50pm

21 October 2015, 1pm to 2pm

Lecture Theatre, Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, University Science Area 

28 October 2015, 12pm to 12.50pm

Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus 

Who can attend? Whether you’re an experienced cycle commuter or have never ridden on two wheels, there’s something for everyone in this engaging talk.

Sam Chappell, an experienced cyclist and trainer of the government-sponsored Bikeability cycle training programme, will be giving two presentations on effective, safe, and enjoyable cycling. He will explain how to efficiently negotiate bus, car, and pedestrian traffic, how to position yourself on the road, how to work around other cyclists, and how to cycle more easily anywhere in the world. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to sign up for practical sessions where an experienced cycle training instructor from Broken Spoke will review your road skills one-on-one, or teach you how to balance for the first time.

Booking not required, just turn up on the day.

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Green Impact Project Assistant Training

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Wednesday 28 October

12pm – 3pm (lunch will be provided)

Who can attend? All current students are welcome.

Green Impact Project Assistants (GIPAs) work with staff in colleges and departments across the University to make positive sustainable changes.

This great training opportunity will provide students with skills and knowledge to support staff across the University. The course will start with providing a background to Green Impact, the University’s staff engagement programme. It will then prepare student volunteers for their role as Green Impact Project Assistants. It will encourage students to utilise their current strengths and help them develop their skills in communication, team-working, project management and organisation.

To benefit from this opportunity and to attend the training, please complete this form.
A full role description is available here.  If you have any additional queries email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk

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Student Switch Off Ambassador Training

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Thursday 29 October

5 x 1 hour sessions running all afternoon:

12pm-1pm; 1pm-2pm; 2pm-3pm; 3pm-4pm; and 4pm-5pm.

Become a Student Switch Off Ambassador to help your college reach Gold in this year’s Student Switch Off.

This informal and interactive workshop will look at tips and tricks on effective communication to support your college in the University’s Student Switch Off energy saving competition. The skills learnt will be transferable to your academic and extracurricular activities and attending will look great on your CV.  The course will give you background information on the competition but you can visit the Facebook page to learn a little more here (www.facebook.com/oxfordsso).

As a bonus if you stay involved in Student Switch Off over the year you will receive an employment reference from the National Union of Students’ and be entered into a draw to win Eurostar tickets to Paris!

To sign up to attend this training and get involved for your college, please complete this short form.

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Carbon Innovation Programme: Networking Evening

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30 October 2015, 5pm - 7pm 

School of Geography – Gottmann Room

Read more about the Carbon Innovation Programme here.

This networking evening is an opportunity to mingle and mix with fellow Carbon Innovators, update everyone on your project, incorporate new individuals, join a team or even form new teams with new ideas. Interested individuals who were unable to attend the launch are welcome to join at this point, however you must register by emailing sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

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Green Impact Workshop: Leadership for change

Thursday 19 November, 12.30-2pm

Examination Schools, room 14 and 15

This event is open to University staff and students in Green Impact teams. Free lunch will be provided.

This lunchtime training session, delivered by the Oxford Learning Institute, will help you gain the skills and understanding to lead change in various contexts.

The training will touch on how to factor people and their reactions into your planning, how to support  those around you to achieve lasting change, the most common pitfalls encountered when leading change, and maintaining focus on the end result.

This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with the Environmental Sustainability team.

Spaces are limited. Sign up using the link below if you would like to attend.

19 November 2015

Green Impact Workshop and Networking: laboratory sustainability

12 November 12.30pm to 1.30pm  (lunch provided)

Sheldonian Theatre, Cecil Jackson room

Who can attend? Open to members of Green Impact Teams and student Green Impact Project Assistants only.

This lunchtime workshop will support Green Impact teams and provide advice and examples to assist teams who are completing the Labs Tab this year. Lab users/managers who are interested in improving the sustainability of their labs from across the University are welcome.

To express your interest or reserve a space, please email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

To find out more about the Green Impact scheme.

Green Impact Workshop and Networking: Communication

5 November 12.30pm to 1.30pm (lunch provided)

Sheldonian Theatre, Cecil Jackson room

Who can attend? Open to members of Green Impact Teams and student Green Impact Project Assistants only.

This lunchtime workshop will provide advice and examples to help teams manage communication with staff and students in their departments, buildings or colleges to encourage support and engagement with Green Impact.

To register for this event or to join Green Impact contactsustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.uk. To find out more about the Green Impact scheme.