Sustainability and Kellogg

Kellogg College is taking action against global warming and climate change, as well as facilitating behavioural change among staff, students, fellows and members of the College. We are proud to say we achieved a NUS Green Impact Bronze Award in 2018 and a Gold Award in 2019.

The Academic Office Green Impact team became the new Kellogg College team in 2019 to integrate all staff, fellows and students. A termly meeting is organised to coordinate our strategy and find new projects to develop.

We aim to consistently reach the standards to renew our Gold Award every year and lead Environmental Sustainability initiatives all around the University of Oxford. If you want to join the team or attend our meetings, please contact Rodrigo Hernandez at or talk to the current MCR Green Officer, Anna Knowles-Smith

The Hub is the University of Oxford’s first Passivhaus certified building. The Passivhaus ‘green’ standard is supported by the Hub Café’s eco-friendly philosophy.

The building’s construction means The Hub uses very little energy to heat and cool the building, whilst still offering a comfortable environment in which to relax.

The Hub's Sedum roof

The Hub’s Sedum roof

The roof is planted with sedum, which provides a microclimate for insects, positively affects the heat produced in an urban environment and helps filter rain water, that we recycle for our gardens. We also collect rain water from our 62 Banbury Road building for use on the gardens.

The majority of the packaging used in the Hub Café is compostable; the coffee served is Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade approved; and food waste is recycled through the council scheme, along with waste from the main kitchen.

During Fairtrade fortnight in February, we introduce new Fairtrade products to raise awareness and support decent working conditions and fairer deals for farmers and workers in developing countries.

Water refill points are available to all in the café’s open space.

Kellogg College is not only the home of our students. Plenty of animals, insects and plants live in our gardens and we always try to improve their conditions.

Our “bee box”, part of the University’s Plan Bee project, is situated in our garden, behind The Hub, during spring and summer months. As part of this “Citizen Science” project, we have been taking photos and recording any activity in our “bee hotel” each month since 2018.

Bee hotel and hedgehog igloo
We host a small bat colony in our bat box, attached to one of the trees in our main garden and our latest project is the installation of hedgehog igloos in our accommodation gardens, which offer a safe haven for our community of hedgehogs.

In the future, we hope to install a birdbath with running water to attract more birds and insects to our gardens.

We are working towards abandoning single-use plastic across the College.

Filtered tap water is  served in the dining hall, in re-usable glass bottles.  We encourage the use of re-usable cups and water bottles in the Hub Café and offer a free drink deal when a Kellogg KeepCup is purchased, as well as a discount on hot drinks when customers supply their own re-usable cups/mugs.

At the beginning of each academic year, we provide students with free Kellogg tote bags, to discourage the use of disposable plastic bags.

We have also hosted the zero waste pop-up shop, OxUnboxed and are currently looking into creating our own ‘refilling station’ for products such as soap and detergent.

Adopting Best Practice