Wolfson College Environmental Policy


The aim of Wolfson College is to eliminate or reduce all forms of environmental pollution and encourage all members, contractors and others to do the same.

The College will:

  • Raise awareness of environmental issues among its members and encourage initiatives leading towards an advanced environmental strategy. Promote the 3 Rs for waste in the following order: reduce, reuse and recycling and provide convenient waste collection points and guidance for the disposal of
    • Paper
    • Cardboard
    • Glass
    • Aluminium
    • Plastics
    • Municipal waste
    • Green waste
    • Electrical equipment and white goods
    • Hazardous waste
  • Adopt health, safety and environment based codes of practice and relevant guidance and comply with legislation relating to the use of chemical products including
    • Detergents and other domestic products
    • Fats and oils
    • Pesticides
    • Petroleum spirit, fuel oils and paints
  • Minimize the consumption of water; this will be achieved by
    • Reducing the capacity of water cisterns
    • Encourage the reporting of leaks and dealing with them promptly
    • Progressively replacing / supplementing baths with shower facilities
    • Exploring options for using waste / roof water where possible
  • Minimize the consumption of gas where opportunities arise by
    • Maintenance of heating plant and pipe-work
    • Replacing inefficient systems where refurbishment opportunities occur
    • Improvements in insulation
  • Minimise the consumption of electricity where opportunities arise by
    • Progressive replacement of light bulbs with high efficiency ones
    • Installing timed and movement sensitive lighting systems
    • Improving heating and insulation so that fan heaters and air conditioners are not required
    • Encouraging staff and residents to turn off electrical goods when not in use
    • Ensuring that all white goods are efficient 'A-rated' products
    • Investigating and considering the purchase of electricity tariffs with lower carbon intensity, including renewables and excluding nuclear power.
  • Encourage the use of bicycles and public transport; look to reduce car based transport, maintain its minibus service, and seek to minimise traffic by housing more students on its campus.
  • Ensure that contractors and suppliers provide and use environmentally friendly materials and services.
  • Take account of embodied energy when considering the use of raw materials and other products.
  • Take professional advice and seek to reduce environmental impact when planning new developments such that the standards required by legislation are achieved and ideally surpassed, including consideration of issues relating to
    • Biodiversity
    • Carbon output
    • Noise
    • Light pollution
    • Energy conservation
    • Visual impact
    • Water use
  • Take an active role in the work of the University and other organisations in developing environmentally friendly practice.
  • Annually review its environmental policy through the Domestic and Premises Committee and committee structure, monitoring its impact and review and report on progress towards goals.

    Rev. 5 19 April 2016


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Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
13 - 13
Nov Nov
Workshop: Adam Smith as Jurist
Wednesday 13 November - 9:25am to 4:30pm

This workshop explores the themes raised in Prof Iain McLean's lecture of 12 November: Adam Smith as Jurist.

Art Exhibition
13 - 13
Nov Nov
Guided Tour to "Last Supper in Pompeii" Exhibition at the Ashmolean Mu...
Wednesday 13 November - 10:00am to 11:00am

Dr Paul Roberts, GB Fellow, Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, and curator of the current special exhibition "Last Supper in Pompeii" offers two guided tours to the exhibition to AWRC Members. One on 18 Oct at 3:30 pm and the second on 13 Nov at 10 am.

Restricted to Cluster Members, max. 15 people.

Meeting Point: at the entrance to the exhibition (3rd floor Ashmolean Museum) 15-10 minutes before stated starting time.

Lectures and Seminars
13 - 13
Nov Nov
The Salvator Mundi, Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
Wednesday 13 November - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

You are most welcome to a discussion of the 'Salvator Mundi' that is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci

By Matthew Landrus (Wolfson College
and Faculty of History, University of Oxford)

At 5.30pm on Wednesday 13 November 2019

Leonard Wolfson Auditorium
Wolfson College, Linton Road OX2 6UD

Admission Free
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