The Green Society of Wolfson College was founded on 6 February 2020 with three principle aims:
Make Wolfson College more 'Green'
Provide a platform for the holistic Wolfson community to address 'green'-issues in it's broadest sense, both here at Wolfson College and the wider world.
Enable the conversation at Wolfson College
Encourage interested Wolfson members and groups, who otherwise wouldn't have a platform, to communicate collectively, take action and discuss points of interest.
Provide a platform for the University (and others)
Launch trial initiatives, events and other collaborations.
At our launch event in February 2020, approximately 50 members joined and 20-30 of those are reliably active, making us one of the largest and most active societies in College. We have members and interest from across College membership: students, staff, fellows, senior members and College management.
We've secured Professor Sir David King to present a keynote speech at the Wolfson Research Event 2020, to highlight challenges in research and put a spotlight on the climate debate.
We're setting up a series of bi-weekly talks called Green Talks for Easter Term on Wednesdays starting 22 April 2020 through to 17June 2020.
We have formed a Biodiversity Team to tackle bio-diversity issues and concerns here on site, and the Senior Gardener, Oscar Holgate as well as Chris Clarke are on board. Activities lined ups for Easter Term 2020 include installing bee and insect boxes, rewilding lawns, making hedgehog highways, building birdboxes and more.
We have assisted the College in its Green Impact Awards 2020 submission, with an aim for push for a Platinum award for next academic year.
We are redesigning Wolfson's holistic waste collection system, with approval via senior management, with the aim to formalise, colour-code and otherwise make consistent all waste-collection points and procedures across College.
We're are laying the groundwork, and will lead, a city-wide local community litter pick on World Environment Day, with interest from some College Student Associations already confirmed, interest from the Cambridge City Council indicated, and plan to approach local schools and businesses to participate.
We've introduced an Item Drop and Food Drop for our end-of-term move out days; to recycle, reuse and otherwise appropriately dispose of items and redistribute food that has traditionally been put in the skip on those frantic, termly move-out days.
We've introduce a Taxi Sharing scheme for move-out days to save our students money and share the carbon-cost of all those taxis from the College to Cambridge Station.
We are producing a Green Tips document, containing a wide range of sustainability-related tips, which will be disseminated to conference visitors and student freshers on arrival at College. Green Tips will then be adapted in the hopes that the University will provide a similar guidance as a standard part of its induction information, with help from CambridgeHub confirmed for this secondary endeavour.
We're organising some Wolfson Welfare Wildlife Walks to combat the exam stress that is rife during Easter Term.