Meet Univ’s Sustainability Committee
Univ has established a Sustainability Committee to report on and push forward the College’s sustainability efforts.
One of the initial aims of the committee is to capture, in one place, the sustainability work already taking place across the College and publish a sustainability report. The scope of the committee extends from the energy use to the wider impact of College activities in areas such as catering, waste disposal, and the College’s gardens. The committee also recognises the importance of communication and education to promote sustainable practices amongst both staff and students.
The establishment of Univ’s Sustainability Committee comes as the University sets a target of net zero carbon and a net gain in biodiversity by 2035 (read more about that here). Therefore, another major aim of the committee is to join in with and progress University-wide efforts to become more sustainable.
The committee consists of members of key college offices as well as representation from Academic Staff and students. Having first met in April 2021, the committee meets twice termly and reports to Health and Safety Committee and General Purposes Committee.
The current membership of the committee is as follows:
Chair: Eleanor Chamings-Manley, Academic Office
Secretary: Alexander Sigston, Development office
James Bryson, Earth Sciences Fellow
Justin Bowyer, Communications
Marilia Arezes, Domestic Bursary
Shane Pledge, Domestic Bursary
Robert Mercer, Domestic Bursary
Robbie Eason, Gardens
Paul Delany, IT
Matthew Andrews, Kitchens
Elizabeth Adams, Librarian
Tim Croft, Treasury
Huw Davies, Works Department
Chuanqi Wang, JCR
Lewis Croager, JCR
Odysseus Archontikis, MCR
“It is a real pleasure to chair the College’s Sustainability Committee. I have been excited to hear about the various projects already taking place in the College from student-led initiatives to a decarbonisation plan being put together in conjunction with our Univ North development. While there is still a long way for us to go in reducing our environmental impact, Univ is taking a lead in some areas, having recently become an institutional member of The Wildlife Trusts.”
Eleanor Chamings-Manley, Sustainability Committee Chair
Have your say on sustainability
We welcome feedback from across our extended Univ family and all are encouraged to make comments or suggestions for actions, small or large, which could improve sustainability at Univ. Current students and staff are invited to provide feedback using the form on our Intranet here.
Those without access to Univ’s Intranet are most welcome to send their comments or suggestions via email to Justin Bowyer – Justin.Bowyer@univ.ox.ac.uk
All comments and suggestions will be presented to the Sustainability Committee at the next available opportunity.
We look forward to hearing your ideas.