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Durham University

Josephine Butler


Josephine Butler College is one of only a few Colleges to be awarded the Green Tourism Gold Award and we strive to be an environmentally aware College making savings in gas, electricity and water as well as recycling as much as we possibly can.

Waste and Recycling

It is important to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill. Students are expected to sort waste carefully and we aim to recycle as much as possible. Rubbish from students rooms is dealt with as follows:

General Waste Students are responsible for removing all general waste from their bedroom to the bins in the bin store
Paper, plastic and cardboard Use the recycling box in your kitchen and our Recycling Porter will take it away for you
Glass Use the recycling box in your kitchen and our Recycling Porter will take it away. If you place broken glass in the box please make sure it is well protected and clearly marked to avoid accidents
Batteries and printer cartridges Recycling boxes are located in the main Reception area

We run a Green Move Out scheme at the end of the academic year which collects unwanted items from students before the summer vacation, offers them for reuse by returning and incoming students and then recycles the remaining items.


Durham University has a very large carbon footprint which we need to reduce drastically - 30% reduction by 2014 - in order to meet HEFCE and Government targets. All members of the University must act to reduce energy, in order to achieve these. You can help to reduce our energy use by making small changes - for example, switching off your light and turning off computer equipment when you leave your room - believe it or not it will make a vital difference. If your room is too hot, report this to the Operations Manager or contact the Duty Porter - don't just open the window! If you have any ideas or suggestions on how the University might reduce its energy consumption, please email Each college is also producing its own carbon management plan.

Green Travel

We encourage students and staff to walk or cycle wherever possible. Even when students live out of College, there is no need for a car in Durham. Trips home using public transport rather than by car, helps reduce your carbon footprint. There is also an inter-campus bus service offering free travel between Durham and Queen's Campus, Stockton. For more information about this service, maps and other tips, see


The Durham University Campus is one of the most beautiful in Britain. It includes numerous examples of high-quality wildlife habitats from deciduous woodland to wetland. There are many ways to access these areas, whether it is by visiting the Botanic Garden, submitting wildlife records to the University database or enjoying a guided walk.

Getting involved

Butler Environment Team needs all the help it can get, from occasional trips to the recycling bay to being a member of the committee, helping to run campaigns, etc.

The JCR environment representative is: Natalie Howard

The College Environment Champion is Peter Carson, Assistant Operations Manager.


Greenspace is the name for Durham University's Environment Office co-ordinating environmental initiatives across the University.

Greenspace uses a group of icons which represent sections of our environmental strategy. There are nine icons in total, including the Greenspace icon itself: Biodiversity, Energy, Fairtrade, Travel, Procurement, Renewable, Waste, and Water. More information can be found on the Greenspace website

Please send any questions or suggestions regarding environmental issues to

“A green college: We commit to minimising our environmental footprint and to encouraging awareness of, and engagement with, environmental issues across the college.”