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 Awards in 2019 and 2020.

We have an active Environment Sustainability Committee made up of academics, staff and student representatives. Established in Michaelmas 2020, it meets at least once a term to help all departments of the College develop best practice.

The Committee consider and make recommendations on the following matters: sustainability relating to college energy consumption and consumables; encouragement of fellows, staff and students to consider sustainability in all aspects of college life; liaison with other groups and activities across the Collegiate University.

To contact the Environment Sustainability Committee with your ideas on how to make our college a more sustainable place to live and work, please email our Sustainability Fellow, Dr Sandie Byrne at sustainability@kellogg.ox.ac.uk

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 or talk to the Sustainability Fellow, Sandie Byrne at sustainability@kellogg.ox.ac.uk

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 colony of Pipistrelle bats in our two bat boxes, attached to trees in our main garden.

We also have several Victorian apple and pear trees, which were part of our buildings’ orchards when they were residential properties, in the late 1800s. College members are encouraged to harvest the fruit for their own use, and our chef uses them in recipes for College lunches and dinners.

Our two short-term accommodation properties, Anne McLaren House and Donald Michie House, recycle rainwater into soakaways to help irrigate the grounds and gardens.

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. Although, this is currently suspended due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

Click below to access current and past reports on Kellogg’s sustainability measures and initiatives.

Kellogg Sustainability Report 2018-19

Kellogg Sustainability Report 2019-20

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2020

Responding to the climate emergency in Oxford

Former Mayor of Oxford and Green Party member, Councillor Craig Simmons, discusses Oxford Council's response to the global climate emergency.

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Kellogg Green Guide

The Kellogg Green Guide contains details of the College's green initiatives, as well as useful information and resources to help support a sustainable lifestyle.

Download a copy

Kellogg Sustainability Fellow

Meet our Sustainability Fellow Dr Sandie Byrne

Student Environmental Ambassadors

Meet Abdul and Manannan, our student Environmental Ambassadors

Adopting Best Practice

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to implement all the measures below;  however, we look forward to reinstating them, once it is safe to do so.