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Gold for the fifth year in a row!

We did it again! Hughes Hall receives a Green Impact GOLD Award at the University of Cambridge Sustainability Showcase.

Green Impact is the University’s environmental accreditation scheme, launched in 2012 to encourage and support departments and colleges in reducing their environmental impact and working towards more sustainable practices.

The auditors were impressed by our commitment to sustainability and the environment: “You’re doing a great job in trying to implement systemic/infrastructural change. Staff are doing a lot to embed sustainability into the College. Keep up the good work!”

Our wild flower garden and the recent Green Impact Gold Award 2023-24 slate

The College has worked hard to maintain its Gold status, and the changes that have been made have proved sustainable through the years as successful, integrated processes. Hughes Hall runs on 100% renewable electricity provision and installed solar panels on the roofs of Gresham Court and Fenner’s accommodation buildings which are on a feed-in tariff so that the power goes into the national grid if we are not using it ourselves. We are ahead of our science based targets for reducing emissions to zero by 2048.

Hughes Hall has beautiful lawns and gardens which we take good care of because we want them to be a haven for our community and for local wildlife – we have installed ‘wildlife corridors’ in the boundary fences for safe and easy passage of small animals. We also have a composting area for the College’s green and garden waste, and generate our own compost to use on site.

Jonathan Newby, Hughes Hall Bursar, said: “The whole community here at Hughes Hall has worked hard to maintain and improve sustainability across the College. To win this award for the fifth year running is a great achievement and a testament to these collaborative efforts.”

Solar panels across our student accommodation, wildlife corridors and college-wide composting systems.

The awards were given out during a ceremony held on 20th June in Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington, Cambridge.

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