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Environment and sustainability

At Jesus College we are working on the best ways to respond to the urgent challenge of climate change, and looking at a wide range of areas where we can play our role in the transition to a zero-carbon future.

As a community, we are increasingly aware of the importance of doing our best to behave in a more sustainable manner. Please see the news articles and A-Z linked to below for some examples of the measures in place and projects in progress.

Our focus this year is on developing our first Sustainability Strategy and Responsible Investment Policy. We have been hosting a range of events and meetings to ensure that we consult and engage the College community and our wider network in order to make the right decisions. Some of the most significant benefits of our developing strategy may not be noticeable for years, but the impact will benefit the environment for decades.

Environment Committee

"Our vision is to be recognised globally as a leading academic institution where sustainability is intrinsic through engagement, collaboration and innovation. Every member of our community will understand and embrace the principles of sustainability and act as a catalyst for positive, sustainable change for generations." - Environment Committee's sustainability vision for the College

Jesus College has an active Environment Committee made up of academics, staff and student representatives. It meets every term to help all departments of the College to develop best practice. The Committee reviews environmental policies and guidance, and it sets up working groups to consider and report on particular issues.

To contact the Environment Committee with your ideas about how to make Jesus College a more sustainable place to live and work, please email environment@jesus.cam.ac.uk.

News and events 

CISL students advise Jesus College on improving the sustainability of historic estate

A-Z guide

Last year, two students produced an A-Z guide to living sustainably at Jesus College. Zannah Lindley and Will Fleming were the Student’s Union and MCR Green Officers in 2019. Together, they researched tips such as using the allotment, saving energy and reducing waste to make the College a greener place to live.

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