Environmental Issues at Christ's College

Christ’s College takes environmental issues seriously. We have an active Green Committee (green@christs.cam.ac.uk ), comprising Fellows, Staff and Students chaired by Dr Mauro Overend, one of our Engineering Fellows. The Green Committee meet regularly to develop initiatives aimed at reducing our impact on both the local and global environment. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by lowering energy use, recycling as much waste as possible and using more local produce.

We signed the Cambridge Climate Change Charter and a few years ago we commissioned the Carbon Trust to survey the College site and advise us on ways to improve our environmental performance. We are now continuing with a number of measures to enable year-on-year reductions in our energy use and carbon footprint. Some initiatives, which we began to roll out as long ago as 2008, include:

  • A schedule of boiler replacements improving the efficiency of our heating system.
  • Improvements to loft insulation in College buildings.
  • Use of thermal imaging equipment by a team of Fellows and Students to identify key sites of heat loss from our historic buildings.
  • An expanded recycling scheme for paper, glass, metals and plastic.
  • A College-wide awareness campaign to encourage more environmentally friendly practices among Fellows, Staff and Students.
  • Promoting greater use of vegetarian and locally sourced food in our kitchens.

As a College we are preparing to join the University's Green Impact Scheme. We recently (2013) ranked 11th among the colleges in the University's Green League Table, with rankings of 3rd in CO2 Emissions and 3rd in Recycling.  Our latest report is here.

New energy usage figures:

We have achieved year on year reductions in our energy use as a result of our boiler replacement and insulation initiatives. Note the effect of the long, cold winter in 2012/13 and that the number of people supported within these figures has increased steadily throughout the period from 668 (2008/09) to 809 (2013/14).

Energy Use 2008/09 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2012/13
MWH/Year 7515 6922 6161 7269 6658
kW/person 1.38 1.14 0.96 1.10 0.94


Maintained by Alan Winter | Last updated Mon, 13 Jun 2016 - 11:30am