Wolfson College

Environment and sustainability

Climate change is the most urgent challenge of our time. As a College, we’re working to respond and lead across a wide range of areas, uniting our staff, students, alumni, and Fellows. 

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The Sustainability Committee

The Committee is the College’s primary body for overseeing all forms of sustainability activity within the College and reports to the Council.  It aims to ensure sustainability is embedded into all aspects of the College’s activities. This body makes recommendations on appropriately ambitious goals and targets and ensures that the College is held to account in fulfilling its sustainability agenda.  

Divestment from fossil fuel investments

The College’s Council and Governing Body endorse the University’s decision to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2038. 

We are also committed to a sustainable and responsible investment policy. Almost 99% of our endowment is invested in The Cambridge University Endowment Fund, which aims to divest from all direct and indirect investments in fossil fuels by 2030, more than a decade before the date set by the UK Government. The remaining 1% of our investments have been held historically in a private equity fund: these investments are nearing the end of their lives, and when the capital is distributed the College intends to invest the proceeds in the Cambridge University Endowment Fund. 

Interdisciplinary Research Hub

The Sustainability & Conservation Research Hub brings together a variety of disciplines and academics at different career stages, from undergraduate students to Emeritus Fellows, from Wolfson alumnus to College staff, to explore solutions to combat the destruction of the natural world. 

Through projects, discussions, events, mentoring and more, the Hub draws on Wolfson's strengths in diversity with students from 85+ nationalities, world-class researchers, and highly engaged networks, to educate and trigger action in sustainability and conservation.

Conveners of the Hub include Fellows Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability at the Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, and Professor John French, Director of Sustainability at Cambridge Innovation Parks and Board Member and trustee of The Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

Student Green and Campaigns Officer

Each year, our Student Association, WCSA, elects a Green & Campaigns Officer who works to raise awareness of sustainability issues and encourage green policies around the College. 

You can find out more on the Being Green at Wolfson page. 

Wolfson Green Society

The Wolfson Green Society was set up by WCSA Green Officer 2019-2020 Charlie Barty-King to enact change within the College and put the spotlight on sustainability at Wolfson, the Cambridge community, and beyond. Charlie also helps led the Sustainability & Conservation Hub.

The Green Society hosts fortnightly webinars on sustainability and conservation topics. Presentations have included talks from a local beekeeper, the former EU Ambassador at large to the Arctic, and Wolfson JRF, Dr Helene Hoffman, a Physicist specialising in Environment Physics and ice core science. 

All Green Society webinars can be found online in the Wolfson Media Collection. 

Green Impact Award 

In 2022 and 2023, Wolfson achieved a Green Impact Platinum Award for environmental performance and for promoting sustainability, which followed a Gold Impact Award in 2020. 

In 2021, Wolfson received an Excellence Award for its emerging Wolfson Living Lab for the Green Impact Awards 2021. The effort is headed up by Domestic Bursar Darren Smith and student Charlie Barty-King, with the assistance of the WCSA Green Officer and the Wolfson Green Society. 

What's on

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Art Exhibition: Richard Batterham stoneware

30/09/2023 at 10.00

A display of works from the Bradshaw-Bubier studio pottery collection.

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Art Exhibition: 'Patterns of Renewal'

30/09/2023 at 10.00

We're delighted to be the first to exhibit new paintings by Gurpran Rau in 'Patterns of Renewal' - including a series of works inspired by nature and the woods of Cambridgeshire.

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Wolfson Howler with Vidura BR

02/10/2023 at 20.00

The Wolfson Howler is back, bringing you the best comedy Cambridge has to offer!

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Mamma Mia Sing-along

04/10/2023 at 20.00

Get ready to sing along to all your favourite ABBA hits at our Mamma Mia Sing-along! 

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The 2023 Launch of Wolfson’s Interdisciplinary Hubs

10/10/2023 at 17.30

Come along and find out what’s next in research that tackles global issues, and how you can get involved at Wolfson.