We have been working hard to ensure that Jesus is as environmentally friendly a college as it can possibly be. Working with the CUSU Go Greener! campaign, a new environmental policy was drawn-up in Lent term of 2008, which ensures that environmental issues will be noted and taken into account wherever possible, for example, in terms of refurbishment and building works. The policy also notes the need for a Green Manager amidst the college staff in order to assure that environmental issues are not put on the proverbial 'back burner'.
Attention to recycling, heating and water-saving methods has been brought to students through the use of Jesus College Green Sheets which have been placed in the kitchens of student accommodation. Recycling bins are present in every staircase and house and we are looking to use more commingled (mixed) recycling bins in the future to encourage more recycling.
Promotion of the Student Switch Off Campaign and the Ambassador Training Scheme has been used to highlight the easy ways to reduce energy consumption and the need for motion-sensored lights in all kitchens is being emphasized to college.
Happily, Jesus has progressed a lot over the past year where ethical issues are concerned. All food used by the catering department is ethically sourced and we hope to achieve Fairtrade status again this year and hold events such as Fairtrade football and a Fairtrade cooking competition for Fairtrade fortnight.
The college has a tradition of donating money to local causes and charities with money being raised from various entertainment nights and the weekly pub quiz. Jesus college also run a branch of SAFE (Sub-Saharan African Fund for Education) with donations coming from college bills.
Jesus College adopted a policy concerning ethical investment in 2007. Action is being taken to improve existing policy, taking note of the CUSU campaign against investing in the Arms Trade.
Jesus College pays all full time staff at least the living wage.
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