The event also saw the unveiling of the University’s ambitious new carbon target.
Held at the Sheldonian Theatre with a drinks reception in the Weston Library, the Showcase attracted around 200 people from across the University. Dr David Prout, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources, hosted the evening after a welcome from Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson.
‘Where do we start to address such huge challenges?’ Professor Richardson asked, after outlining the scope of the environmental problems we face. ‘This event shows that each of us can make a real contribution.’
Professor Richardson also presented the first ever Oxford Student Union Sustainability awards to recognise the work of both individual students and of groups and societies.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson speaking at the Sustainability Showcase
There were prizes for the top-performing colleges in the 2018-19 Student Switch Off competition. Over the six years the competition has been running in Oxford, it has trained more than 364 students as ambassadors and had over 32,000 entries in the climate change quiz.
This year’s Green Impact scheme saw teams who have worked to make the buildings they work in more sustainable receive awards in many categories – bronze, silver, gold and for the first year ever gold plus aimed at teams that consistently push the boundaries.
Oxford University Innovation (OUI) spoke about their ‘Roots to Success’ project, under which they will pay for a tree to be planted at Wytham Woods for every spin-out. OUI will be backdating this pledge, which will lead to more than 200 trees being planted over the next few years – they scooped the Green Impact Project Award. The event also heard from Rodrigo Hernandez of Kellogg College, who spoke about the transport and biodiversity initiatives they have been working on over the year; these saw Rodrigo and a student from the college collect the staff and student awards for 2019.
Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability wrapped up the evening by launching the University’s new carbon target. The University plans to at least halve its carbon emissions by 2030, by continuing to implement carbon-reduction projects and building energy-efficient buildings.
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Oriel College, Platinum award (Recycling/reuse winner), Student Switch Off
Brasenose College (Overall winner)
Oriel College (Recycling/reuse winner)
Christ Church College
Corpus Christi College
Harris Manchester College
Green Templeton College
Regent’s Park College
St Anne’s College
St Anthony’s College
St Benet's Hall
St Catherine’s College
St Cross College
St Hilda’s College
St John’s College
St Peter’s College
Botnar Research Centre
Richard Doll Building
Research Services - 5 Worcester Street
Research Services - Robert Hooke Building
Research Services - Boundary Brook House
Social Policy and Intervention
The Queen's College
Zoology Foster Lab
The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics
Radcliffe Science Library
Bodleian Book Storage Facility
Old Road Campus Research Building
Oxford School of Global and Area Studies
Kennedy Institute and Labs
Oxford University Press
Primary Care Health Sciences
Academic Office Kellogg College
Lady Margaret Hall
Chemistry and labs
Oxford University Innovation
Saïd Business School
Philip Priest, Oxford University Innovation
Rodrigo Hernandez and Gabrielle Kiliman, Kellogg College
Vikki Rose – Oxford University Press
Marcus Boswell – University Sports
Hermione Grassi, Merton College, ‘Education Lights the Way’.
'Education lights the way', Hermione Grassi, Winner, Sustainability Photographer of the Year competition 2019
Karl Dudman, St Edmund Hall, ‘Remote and Renewable’
'Remote and Renewable', Karl Dudman, Runner up in Sustainability Photographer of the Year competition 2019
Mihnea Dumitrascu, Oriel College, ‘Radcliffe Camera Surrounded by Stars’.
'The Radcliffe Camera surrounded by stars', Mihnea Dumitrascu, Runner up, Sustainability Photographer of the Year competition 2019
Read more about the Sustainability Photographer of the Year competition 2019.
Freya Chambers, Corpus Christi College
Oxford Climate Society and Anthroposphere Journal
Caitlin Knights, New College
Harry Holmes, St Catherine’s College
Climate Action Week
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