Our Green Impact environmental accreditation scheme enables staff and students to improve sustainability in their office, department, lab or college. Colleagues work together to complete a set of objectives and depending on their success they can receive a bronze, silver or gold award at the end of the year. Over 3,000 sustainable actions have been completed so far by over 50 teams across the University. The project was established by the National Union of Students several years ago and more than 60 universities participate currently.
We encourage people to walk and cycle around Oxford to reduce air pollution, carbon emissions and traffic congestion. The OXONBIKE scheme, of which the University is a key partner, allows people to hire pedal or electric bikes from 13 self-service docking stations around the city, including four stations within its estate. We also provide bicycle loans, cycle training and a bike repair service to make cycling easier for University staff and fund the cycle maps produced by Cyclox.
In 2017 the University signed the Claudia Charter for Safer Cycling in Oxford and is working with the transport authorities to improve cycle routes on and off the University’s estate. Most recently, Oxford is one of six higher education institutions to pilot the National Union of Students UniCycle initiative, encouraging staff and students who are new to cycling to give it a go.
In July 2016 the Science Transit Shuttle commenced, linking the Science Area with Harwell Science and Innovation Campus near Didcot and the University’s Old Road Campus at Headington. In May 2017 a third route linking the Science Area to John Radcliffe Hospital and the field station at Wytham was added. Improving these transport links is essential for the success of the work carried out by researchers and helps to reduce carbon by cutting down on car journeys. The service carried around 1500 passengers a week in late 2017.
The University also operates a minibus service between Oxford and Begbroke Science Park, five miles north of the city centre, which is free of charge to members of the University and visitors.
WARPit (Waste Action Reuse Portal) is a website that helps University departments reuse and recycle unwanted items. These include office furniture, office equipment, furniture and storage, stationery, accessories, printer consumables, and even plants and laboratory equipment.
Thirty Oxford colleges are currently competing in the Student Switch Off energy-saving competition run by the National Union of Students. This not-for-profit campaign encourages students to save energy in their college residences, through economical use of electricity for heating and lighting.
Four University conferencing facilities received Green Tourism Award including Gold at St Luke’s Chapel.