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Hughes Hall awarded Gold for ‘Green Impact’

Hughes Hall has been recognised for excellence in its approach to the environment and sustainability by the University’s environmental accreditation scheme.

Our efforts range from large-scale changes such as the installation of solar panels and a robust carbon reduction policy (aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030) to smaller scale initiatives including nesting boxes, wildlife tunnels through our fencing, and new composting provision.

The University of Cambridge Green Impact Scheme supports and encourages departments and colleges across the University in reducing their environmental impacts. The College was commended for questioning current policies, trialling new initiatives and working towards carbon neutral goals alongside Green Impact. They cited our exploration of sourcing recycled paper as a fantastic example of comprehensively reviewing processes and procurement opportunities. 

Green Impact auditors commented: “Well done to everyone involved! This has been an exceptionally challenging year to say the least. Thank you on behalf of the University community for managing to prioritise sustainability progress in such a difficult year. It sounds like sustainability is fully embedded into Hughes Hall. We look forward to seeing the team aim for Platinum!”

Kathryn Smart, Head of Domestic Operations, was delighted: “We are thrilled to have won the Gold Award for ‘Green Impact’ for the second year running. The staff, seniors, and students at Hughes Hall are passionate about making changes, small and large, to help maintain a sustainable – and beautiful – environment in and around our College. Thank you to everyone involved.”

For more information on sustainability at Hughes Hall, see here.

For more information on MCR environmental initiatives, contact the Green and Ethical Affairs Officer on mcr.green@hughes.cam.ac.uk.