Starting your sustainability journey at Oxford

University of Oxford set a goal to reach net zero carbon and biodiversity net gain by 2035.  We invite you to join us and be part of the solution.   

Freshers Fair will be in keeping with our environmental policies with vegan food trucks and all literature and freebies kept to a minimum to reduce waste. You will be encouraged to use email and/or QR codes to receive information. If you haven’t met us yet, we are at stall 11 in the student stalls marquee, come down and ask us anything! 

Read on for some easy ways to start your sustainability journey at Oxford...

Join the Oxford Carbon Challenge in your college

Join the Oxford Carbon Challenge. Suggested steps to take for each “I’ll try” button and “I do this”: turn your thermostat down, only boil the water you need, take shorter showers.

We are launching the Oxford Carbon Challenge in Michaelmas 2021 in collaboration with Giki Zero. Giki Zero is an online platform where you can calculate your carbon footprint. It suggests easy steps to reduce your impact and all your points contribute towards your college’s score.

You can gain points for things you already do then be inspired by the new actions suggested to you. What's your score so far?   


Print screen of Oxford Carbon Challenge home page with a mark on the Join Team button at the bottom menu.

Please use your Oxford University email address only. Please note your membership needs to be approved manually so this will not be immediate. After being accepted click on ‘Join Teams’ and search for your college team (see example on right).

Just do it!

Here are your first steps for environmental sustainability. With 24,000 students and 14,000 staff members, our small daily acts make a big difference.

Your first steps for environmental sustainability: Travel sustainably; Switch off un-used appliances; Reduce, reuse, recycle; Join the Oxford Carbon Challenge; Choose a plant-based diet; Buy less

Want to do more? Read our short guide to living sustainably in Oxford.

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