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Green Society

The newly formed Green Society is available for collaboration and events with other University institutions, local organisations and charities. We want to have impact and enable similarly-minded groups to advance their efforts.

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The Green Society of Wolfson College was founded on 6 February 2020 with three principle aims:

Make Wolfson College more 'Green'

Provide a platform for the holistic Wolfson community to address 'green'-issues in it's broadest sense, both here at Wolfson College and the wider world.

Enable the conversation at Wolfson College

Encourage interested Wolfson members and groups, who otherwise wouldn't have a platform, to communicate collectively, take action and discuss points of interest.

Provide a platform for the University (and others)

Launch trial initiatives, events and other collaborations.

For more information, or to get involved, or to sign up to our mailing list, please contact the WCSA Green Officer and join our Facebook Group.

At our launch event in February 2020, approximately 50 members joined and 20-30 of those are reliably active, making us one of the largest and most active societies in College. We have members and interest from across College membership: students, staff, fellows, senior members and College management.

We've secured Professor Sir David King to present a keynote speech at the Wolfson Research Event 2020, to highlight challenges in research and put a spotlight on the climate debate.

We're setting up a series of bi-weekly talks called Green Talks for Easter Term on Wednesdays starting 22 April 2020 through to 17June 2020.

We have formed a Biodiversity Team to tackle bio-diversity issues and concerns here on site, and the Senior Gardener, Oscar Holgate as well as Chris Clarke are on board. Activities lined ups for Easter Term 2020 include installing bee and insect boxes, rewilding lawns, making hedgehog highways, building birdboxes and more.

We have assisted the College in its Green Impact Awards 2020 submission, with an aim for push for a Platinum award for next academic year.

We are redesigning Wolfson's holistic waste collection system, with approval via senior management, with the aim to formalise, colour-code and otherwise make consistent all waste-collection points and procedures across College.

We're are laying the groundwork, and will lead, a city-wide local community litter pick on World Environment Day, with interest from some College Student Associations already confirmed, interest from the Cambridge City Council indicated, and plan to approach local schools and businesses to participate.

We've introduced an Item Drop and Food Drop for our end-of-term move out days; to recycle, reuse and otherwise appropriately dispose of items and redistribute food that has traditionally been put in the skip on those frantic, termly move-out days.

We've introduce a Taxi Sharing scheme for move-out days to save our students money and share the carbon-cost of all those taxis from the College to Cambridge Station.

We are producing a Green Tips document, containing a wide range of sustainability-related tips, which will be disseminated to conference visitors and student freshers on arrival at College. Green Tips will then be adapted in the hopes that the University will provide a similar guidance as a standard part of its induction information, with help from CambridgeHub confirmed for this secondary endeavour.

We're organising some Wolfson Welfare Wildlife Walks to combat the exam stress that is rife during Easter Term.


What's on

Wolfson Research Event

POSTPONED Wolfson Research Event 2020

24/04/2020 at 10.00

18 March 2020 - The 2020 Wolfson Research Event had been scheduled for 24 April. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, we are currently exploring how to postpone the event until later the year, probably with an online component. Please check back regularly for updates.

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CANCELLED Shut Up and Write

25/04/2020 at 09.30

Get a head start on the college Quiet Period (which begins on Tuesday 28th) with some serious writing time. Work silently in a supportive group, with short breaks for hot drinks and biscuits.

President Jane Clarke brunch talk

CANCELLED Wolfson in the USA

14/05/2020 at 11.00

We are looking at the possibility of re-scheduling this event for later in the year, owing to the current global coronavirus outbreak. 

President Jane Clarke will be visiting the East Coast of the USA in May. We'll keep you updated as to her itinerary, but in the meantime if you would like to see about meeting up with Jane, contact us on

lunchtime seminars

Lunchtime Seminar - Breaking Borders with Bass-lines: The import of Afro-descendant music in an English seaside town

20/05/2020 at 12.00

Wolfson hosts a series of Lunchtime Seminars on most Wednesdays during full term. Feel free to bring your lunch tray from Hall and learn while you eat. Complimentary coffee and biscuits are provided.

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CANCELLED Lee Seng Tee Distinguished Lecture - Dr Nicola Rollock

04/06/2020 at 17.30

CANCELLED. The 2020 'Lee Sing Tee Distinguished Lecture' will be given by Dr Nicola Rollock, who will share with us her thoughts and research on racial justice in education.