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Our department now provides Oat Milk to all its employees, following an oat milk pilot hosted by Green Impact and LEAP.  Plant milk is better for the environment than cow’s milk and it is more eco-friendly than other plant milks.  Almond milk for example requires six times as much water to grow than oats (Water Footprint Network) and soy milk can be damaging to our ecosystems (WWF).

Green Impact has worked closely with COMPASS, the catering company.  The range of vegetarian and vegan sandwiches has now increased and the ordering system is now broken down via vegetarian and vegan sandwiches.  We’ll be recording metrics over the next 6 months and hope to encourage more vegetarian ordering for catered meetings in the department. 


Jugs and glasses are available in the kitchen and also in the meeting rooms, so there is no need to order bottled water for meetings.

SMC has also approved that meetings be paperless whenever possible.  Green Impact also introduced recycled paper in the summer 2019 for all printing and this has been successful.


Department bikes

Our department has a pool of standard & electric bikes available as a means to get to and from external meetings around Oxford.  Just pop along to reception to book out a bike. 


WARP-it allows University staff to post unwanted (useable) items from University of Oxford, colleges or permanent private halls to share within the collegiate University:


With a transition to returning to the office (at least partly), we encourage all staff and students to make the ultimate sustainable travel choices: 

  • Cycle or walk where possible - there is lots of support for cycling in Oxford:
  • Consider using the Park and Ride or Park and Stride facilities
  • If you cannot walk or ride, use public transport
  • If there is no alternative to driving, review the University Parking Permits for staff returning to on-site working

Full information can be found here: