We have been working hard this year 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'. We hope to appoint a Green Manager within the next year, and are currently working with our Buildings Manager and IT Department to cover areas (e.g. paper recycling in the computer room) that need attention. I have tried to draw attention to recycling, heating, and water-saving methods by creating 'Jesus College Green Sheets', which have been laminated and placed in the kitchens of student accomodation.
Future projects include an overhaul of our recycling system both inside and outside of college, and looking into the efficiency of our heating systems and the places in which they could be improved.
Happily, Jesus has progressed a lot over the past year where ethical issues are concerned. We recently achieved Fairtrade Status for the college, and are looking forward to our upcoming launch week. We also support sustainable fish sources and local produce wherever we can. Jesus College has also adopted a policy concerning ethical investment, taking note of the CUSU campaign against investing in the Arms Trade. The college also has a tradition of donating money to local causes and charities.
There is still work to be done, and we hope soon to have an ethical investment policy for the JCSU, as well as organising more charity-promoting events.
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