Environment and Sustainability

Brasenose College is committed to reducing its direct impact on the environment by improving the sustainability of our operation and embedding sustainability in our decisions and processes. 

The College’s Environmental Strategy Steering Group meets twice a term. All constituent groups of College are members including student representatives. The ESSG is reviewing the environmental performance of college, including CO2 emissions, and developing a strategy for improving the College’s environmental footprint. It is currently gathering data and consulting in order to produce a Brasenose Environment Vision ahead of the next academic year.

In 2016 Brasenose began participating in the NUS Green Impact Award, an award-winning programme designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice in organisations. Brasenose progressed from a bronze in 2016 to a gold award in 2019.   Brasenose College have also previously won the Student Switch off Campaign.

We recognise the importance in recycling. In the last 3 years we have introduced food recycling bins in every kitchen and now ensure every student bedroom has its own recycling bin. Recycling bins have also been placed in our quads. Staff are regularly trained in recycling best practise by the council and we request that waste audits are carried out randomly to ensure correct procedures are being followed

Following on from a survey of all staff and students, several ‘quick wins’ were identified. These included:

  • Converting a main site boiler to electric
  • Purchasing an electric workshop van
  • Banning sale of bottled water across our estate and providing potable water tap in servery
  • Making vegan/vegetarian food the top of menu and having vegan food as a default twice termly at Formals and High Tables
  • Installing a battery recycling point in College
  • Removal of soft drinks cans and installation of a syrup-based system in the Bar
  • Increasing number of recycling bins in quads

The design and access statement for the Frewin New Build project can be found here.