Get Involved

To keep up to date with the many initiatives run by the Environmental Sustainability team, you can join their student mailing list by emailing, or following them on Facebook,  Twitter or Instagram (@OxfordEnvSust). 

Student Switch Off

Student Switch Off is an energy-saving competition between Oxford colleges with loads of prizes up for grabs. At Oxford University there are two ways you can get involved:

1. Reduce energy consumption in your graduate accommodation

The Graduate Accommodation building or block that saves the most electricity this year compared to last year will WIN the Graduate Accommodation competition. In the 2015/16 competition, 48% of Graduate Accommodation sites in the competition managed to reduce their energy use, and the winning site was Castle Mill Block J. 

Here is the Graduate Accommodation Student Switch Off poster (5,309kb), and here is a list of all the sites eligible for the competition: Student Switch Off Sites (278kb) .

You can also email for further information.

2. Support your college to win the college competition

There are lots of ways you can help your college gain points and win prizes, including deliveries of Ben and Jerry’s and cash towards your summer garden party. You can also receive training and support to become a Student Switch Off Ambassador – playing a key role in spreading awareness in your college while gaining skills for your CV.
To keep up to date with competitions and progress, make sure you like Student Switch Off on Facebook.

The majority of Oxford colleges take part in Student Switch Off: you can find the list here. If your college hasn’t signed up yet, it’s not too late! Get in touch and we will support you to get your college on board

Green Impact

Green Impact is a fun and rewarding sustainability competition that encourages staff teams within departments, buildings and colleges to make small changes to improve their sustainability practices. There are several ways in which you can get involved:

  • Student Green Impact Project Assistants
    Project assistants work with staff teams to support and encourage them through the year to tackle the changes suggested by Green Impact. This can be hugely rewarding and only takes a few hours per month, but allows you to assist a team as they go about making a positive change in their department, building or office. Email to find out more or sign up.
  • Student Green Impact Auditors
    Green Impact Auditors spend one day training and then auditing Green Impact Teams to assess and certify their progress. No previous experience is required and all auditors receive a full morning of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) approved training (another great thing for your CV). You will gain skills and experience in project management, sustainability, auditing, communications and time management – and have a lot of fun along the way. Email to find out more or sign up.

Other opportunities and training

There are lots of opportunities and training available from the Environmental Sustainability team – find out what is coming up on their events page here.

Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) also run an Environment and Ethics campaign, which you can find out about here