Clare Hall student leads the way in the University of Cambridge Green Impact Initiative

On 21 June the University of Cambridge presented its 2017 'Cambridge Green Challenge' awards. The ceremony recognised the efforts of staff and students working to improve environmental performance in their places of work and study throughout the 2016/17 academic year. Professor Ian Leslie, the University’s Senior Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor with special responsibility for Environmental Sustainability, presented the awards to the winners in each category.

A record number of teams this year reached the 'Gold' level, a highly impressive achievement. As well as setting up clear processes for improving their environmental performance in areas such as energy use, recycling and sustainable travel, gold teams have gone further to tackle wider environmental issues such as biodiversity, procurement, and sustainable food, all tailored to their own contexts.  Many of the teams used collaborative efforts between staff and students to make positive environmental changes, and there were many inspirational examples of good practice from this year’s Gold winning teams. 

Initiatives included staff induction and training on sustainability, removing individual office bins to create new communal recycling bins around College, providing reusable glasses rather than disposable cups for the drinks vending machine, refitting Elmside with microwave presence detector lighting and generally increasing awareness with a dedicated sustainability notice board in College.

Pictured: Josh Noseworthy

Josh Noseworthy, an MPhil student working on Conservation Leadership, led the initiative at Clare Hall.  Josh showed great leadership skills when working with staff and students and recognised that there were many great initiatives being worked on at the College, making a positive impact on saving energy and improving sustainability. As a result of the Green Impact programme and Josh’s positivity and dedication, people are now more interested in sustainability and of the important work being completed here at Clare Hall.

Unfortunately, Josh was overseas at the time of the presentation, so in his absence, the award was received by Terri Lewis, Head of Housekeeping and Environment Officer at Clare Hall.  Terri was accompanied by Jane Phelps, our Domestic Bursar.

Pictured: Head of Housekeeping and Environment Officer, Terri Lewis and Domestic Bursar, Jane Phelps receiving the Gold Award for Clare Hall

Colleges gaining Bronze awards for 2016/17 include:

  • Jesus College
  • King's College

Colleges gaining Silver awards for 2016/17 include:

  • Trinity College

Colleges gaining Gold awards for 2016/17 include:

  • Christ's College
  • Churchill College
  • Clare Hall
  • Emmanuel College
  • Pembroke College
  • Robinson College
  • St Catharine's College 
  • Wolfson College 

Further information on the Green Impact initiative can be found here.