Fitzwilliam College has been awarded a Bronze Award by the University's Green Impact Scheme for the second time.
The College’s JCR spearheaded the use of biodegradable takeaway containers in our Cafe and Buttery and the gardening team is encouraging biodiversity in the grounds thanks to wildflower planting.
JCR Ethical Affairs Officer Harriet Bradnock, who leads the Green Impact team at the College, said: “Some super work has been done by both students and staff to achieve this. Thank you to everyone who's been involved.
“A really successful initiative has been the composting trial scheme being run in several undergraduate corridors, to reduce waste going to landfill. We hope to continue all the positive action that has already occurred, and we're looking forward to working towards the Silver Award next year.”
This year is the seventh year of the Green Impact scheme in the University and the College was commended for actions taken throughout the academic year. The awards are focused on simple behaviour changes and awareness-raising, as well as tangible improvements in areas such as energy use, recycling infrastructure, sustainable procurement and travel.
Peter Lumb, Environmental Coordinator at the University of Cambridge, said: “The impact of these teams cannot be underestimated. The Green Impact team helps everyone at Fitzwilliam College to consider the environmental impact of day-to-day operations, which can often bring about big changes in how staff, students and Fellows go about their daily business.
“Fitzwilliam College has taken great initial steps to embed good environmental practices, and to communicate to colleagues and students on a range of sustainability issues.”