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
21 - 21
Feb Feb
AWRC Lunch Table and Talk
Wednesday 21 February -
12:30pm to 2:00pm

Lunch Table in Hall from 12:30, followed by a talk in the Florey Room at 1.15 delivered by Dr Peter Stewart (CARC Director and GB Fellow at Wolfson) entitled “The Trojan Horse and the Buddha: Tracking the Classical Connections of Ancient Gandharan Art”.
Coffee and cakes will be served.

College Committee
21 - 21
Feb Feb
General Purposes Committee
Wednesday 21 February -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

General Purposes Committee prepares the agenda for the subsequent Governing Body meeting, and is an important committee of the College. Chaired by the President, it is composed of College officers, elected fellows, four elected junior members (including at least two graduate students and one SF, RF or JRF) and the chairs of the General Meeting and the Social and Cultural Committee. Committees to which graduate students are elected.

Lectures and Seminars
21 - 21
Feb Feb
Visiting Scholars and Research Members of Common Room research presentations
Wednesday 21 February -
4:30pm to 7:00pm

Four of the College’s current or former Visiting Scholars and Research Members of Common Room will give presentations of their research in the Haldane Room on Wednesday 21 February 2018, 4.30-7.00, in 30 minute sessions to include 5-10 minutes for discussion. There will be drinks 5.30-5.45, after the first and second talks, and 6.45-7.00, after the third and fourth talks.