1 June 2017

Sustainability Showcase draws near

Preparations are in full swing for the University’s annual Sustainability Showcase event on 12 June.

The event celebrates the work that’s been done over the last year by staff and students to make the University more sustainable.

It will start at 4.30pm with an awards ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre before moving to the nearby Divinity Schools for a chance to socialise over afternoon tea, serenaded by a string quartet.

Run by the Environmental Sustainability team within Estates Services, the Showcase will be hosted by Professor William James, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resource Allocation, with a welcome from Paul Goffin, Director of Estates.

The event will recognise the work of the nearly 300 people in 33 teams across the University who have entered this year’s Green Impact scheme. They have taken more than 1,500 actions aimed at cutting the environmental impact of their workplaces. Around 40 awards will be presented, including three special ones to reward exceptional innovation and particularly impressive efforts by students and staff.

There will also be five prizes for the best performers in the 2016-17 Student Switch off competition, in which Oxford’s overall engagement statistics were the best of any UK university. 3,245 students took part, with 81 receiving training as ambassadors for the campaign. They submitted 208 environmentally-themed photos and took part in 37 college events. The colleges whose students did most to raise awareness of environmental issues will receive money to pay for an end-of-year event.

Finally, prizes will be given out to the teams behind the four successful projects under the University’s Carbon Innovation Programme. These projects were announced earlier in 2017 and are now being taken forward for possible implementation.