Sustainability at Clare Hall

Sustainability update - May 2022

The Green Officers of Clare Hall's Graduate Student Body Committee are delighted to share this report for 2021/22:

Green initiatives this year have focused on improving the College’s green spaces. The Clare Hall Allotment has a new greenhouse, which we have equipped with shelves, a water butt, and temperature monitoring. Additionally, we have put bird feeders and bird houses throughout the College, one of which provided a home to a family of blue tits this spring. Regarding sustainability, the GSB has agreed as part of the inter-collegiate ethical banking campaign to switch our bank account to a bank that engages in fossil fuel divestment. We also continue to sit on the College’s Environment Committee.


Environment Committee and Policy:

The College has an Environment Committee headed by the Domestic Bursar which convenes each term to discuss environmental initiatives. The committee is guided by the College Environmental Policy which is reviewed every 5 years. The latest review happened in 2021 and included net zero ambitions for college operations. The most recently-published version of the policy may be found in the Clare Hall Student Handbook; the latest five-year policy, approved by the College Governing Body in May 2021, will be published in the Student Handbook for Michaelmas Term 2021. In the meantime the policy is available on request via the Domestic Bursar.


Divestment:

The Green Officers have been in regular contact with the College about their ongoing movements towards divestment. We look forward to seeing their renewed Investment Policy soon as a result of these conversations.


Allotment:

Clare Hall runs an Allotment Initiative for the College community on a ~144m² site located in West Court, beside the swimming pool, looking south onto the farmer’s fields. So far, over eleven households have come together to sow various seeds from tomatoes, peas, broad beans, aubergine, chilli, basil, chives, asparagus, lettuce to strawberries. To learn more about Clare Hall's allotment, watch our recent video above, and contact Sarah Gough via sag66@cam.ac.uk to get involved - you can also follow her on Instagram at @sarahsfoodspace.