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At Lucy Cavendish College we are passionate about tackling the pressing issues of the twenty-first century. Accordingly, we want to lead the way in college climate action. Here's a small sample of some of the things we are doing here at Lucy.

Travel

College staff are auto-enrolled into the bike-to-work scheme and students have access to free rentals of the college bicycles.

Drink

We don’t sell single-use plastic water bottles. Instead, we have free water refill stations and we provide students with free reusable water bottles.

Food

There is always a meat-free option in the servery and we display the carbon footprints of our meals. We have also started growing organic vegetables on the college estate.

Biodiversity

We have installed new bird boxes and bee hotels, we are relandscaping, and we have a number of environmental policies (such as no hedge cutting during nesting season).

Initiatives

The college community has launched various sustainability initiatives, including a biodiversity event, sustainability bingo, and a litter picking marathon.

Societies

We have two student Green Officers and our students created the Lucy Sustainable Fashion Society and the Lucy Cavendish Climate Society.

Buildings and Energy

Our new eco-friendly building is being constructed to the Passivhaus standard and 100% of our electricity is supplied by renewables.

Awards

Thanks to the continued college-wide effort, we received the Platinum Award for Green Impact, the highest award offered by the United Nations’ programme for environmentally and socially sustainable practice.

What’s next?

While we have made a lot of progress we are committed to further expedite the college’s transition to net zero emissions. Stay tuned for updates!