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


The latest from Wolfson College

6 November 2017
Aris Lecture 2017

This year's lecture will be delivered by Emeritus Professor, University of Oslo, Per Kvaerne and Tenzin Kesang of Dharamsala.

Greg Woolf RSL17
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The Ronald Syme Lecture: Migration and the Metropolis: How ancient Rome stayed great

Professor Greg Woolf delivers the Ronald Syme Lecture this year.

23 October 2017
Imagining the Divine: Exhibition

Wolfson scholars collaborate on a unique exhibition on the art of major world religions at the Ashmolean Museum.

Our upcoming events

21 - 21
Nov Nov
Social Science Table
Tuesday 21 November -
12:45pm to 1:45pm

The Wolfson Social Science Tables are for any Wolfsonians and guests who want to get together every now and again to talk social science. Whether you’re a student or a fellow, whether you've come back from 2 years in the field or have spent the last 2 years struggling with Stata (or a manuscript!), whether you’re an eminent geographer or just someone who wants to figure out what social science means, we’d love to see you at the tables.

Lectures and Seminars
21 - 21
Nov Nov
Lives and Letters
Tuesday 21 November -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

This discussion centres on an understanding and appreciation of letters as repositories of complex meaning, creating unique possibilities that weave together the textual, visual, material, biographical, and cultural. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst and Matt Bevis, University of Oxford, and Hugh Haughton, University of York, will talk about their work on literary letters in relation to life-writing and biographical practice.

Lectures and Seminars
23 - 23
Nov Nov
Travelling and Filming in Gandhara
Thursday 23 November -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

In this public lecture of the Classical Art Research Centre's Gandhara Connections project, the historian and broadcaster Michael Wood will be showing film footage and talking about his travels in the area of ancient Gandhara (roughly northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan) in the course of more than thirty years of documentary film making.