Sustainability Awards

Operations Manager Elaine Huckson, Food And Beverage Manager Harriet Quint And Catering Team Members With Sustainability Awards

College staff with Sustainability Awards

Green Templeton is proud to have achieved a Green Impact Gold Award this year for the second time. The award was announced at the Vice-Chancellor’s Sustainability Awards at the Sheldonian Theatre on Wednesday 13 July.

In unrivalled recognition for the college, Food and Beverage Manager Harriet Quint and Hannah Chase (Graduate Entry Medicine, 2018) also secured individual awards in the Staff and Student categories respectively.

Green Impact Gold Award 2021 22Green Impact is a United Nations award-winning programme designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice within organisations. The ethos is about changing behaviours and making physical improvements to improve our sustainable practises in and around our buildings and college life in general.

Staff, students and fellows have all contributed to the college achieving this award with a wide range of initiatives across our estate including in accommodation, catering and events, and promoting sustainable activity among our entire community.

The Green Impact team who audited the college reflected:

  • ‘Green Templeton have gone above and beyond to implement a range of practical actions that apply to students, staff, and suppliers that show that even seemingly small steps to begin with can add up to a big impact. They are also setting a great example for other colleges, and could encourage more work to be done not just by their own students and staff, but university-wide.’


  • ‘I am so impressed with … all the sustainable changes Green Templeton has made, including some really fun ones such as the Earth hour and the changes to your Ball.’

Student award

Hannah Chase And Sarah Peters With Vice Chancellor's Sustainability Award

Hannah Chase and Sarah Peters

Green Templeton’s Hannah Chase, together with Somerville College’s Sarah Peters, won the Vice-Chancellor’s Environmental Sustainability Student Award.

They were recognised for making Education for Sustainable Healthcare (ESH) a key educational theme across all six years of Oxford Medical School.

Staff award

Food And Beverage Manager Harriet Quint With Sustainability Award

Harriet Quint

Harriet Quint was one of four winners of an Environmental Sustainability Staff Award.

She was singled out for a range of initiatives including pioneering sustainable centrepieces that also grew food for the kitchens, driving a ‘bring your own box’ initiative for takeaway options and introducing compostable and recyclable Christmas crackers and hampers.

Green Templeton is committed to working collectively for a sustainable future. It recognises that the actions and choices of our community have a huge impact on the college’s environmental footprint, with around 250 students living in our accommodation and many more coming to dine and use the facilities. We are committed to working sustainably and embedding sustainable thinking through education.

Visit the sustainability at Green Templeton page to read more about our sustainability actions and how you can help. If you have ideas of where we can still improve and take action, please get in touch with college or the GCR community to share your ideas or thoughts on sustainability issues.

Created: 15 July 2022