We recognise our venues must do their bit to help the planet and are committed to reducing our environmental impact through our sustainability policy. The Green Tourism accreditation enables us to celebrate what we have been doing well and helps us to keep improving.
Here’s a list of a few of the things we’ve been up to….
And in our venues we are….
And we are working towards….
“St Luke’s Chapel has been beautifully restored with a combination of modern best practice and traditional conservation activities. The lighting is all LED and the toilets are water efficient. Outside the gardens are low maintenance with rainwater harvesting. The gardens are great for bees and pollinators and cycle hire facilities are close on hand. I am pleased to award Gold status for the Chapel” Green Tourism Assessor 2017.
“The Sheldonian Theatre has done well to gain a Silver award given that it is a historic building with some old features. The conservation work using traditional paints and restoration has been excellent. Also the onsite team is positive and focused and has found some eco options like detergents and fair trade refreshments. The building has some natural features which help maintain the temperature of the building without excessive air con.” Green Tourism Assessor 2017.
“Osler House achieves a Silver award thanks to a combination of some excellent activities and commitments by the University as a whole and some positive actions across the venue. The kitchens and dining areas are well maintained and the washrooms and toilets have some nice features from some dual flush toilets to efficient flow rates on taps. Healthy eating is promoted and the venue has condensing boilers and good overall controls.” Green Tourism Assessor 2017.
“The Examination Schools did very well to gain a strong Silver award at the first audit. The general estate and sustainability team is very strong and this helps all sites considerably but there are also local actions at the exam school which really add to a great score. The restoration of the main reception is excellent and there is a good programme to switch to LED lighting. Boilers are efficient and new fridges have the lowest impact gases (r600). Toilets are fairly efficient too with urinal flow sensors etc. Building conservation has restored an old sooty building to a high standard and the school should focus on the extra potential to gain a GOLD award next time. Green Impact display and signage is good also.