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John Snow College

Green Charter

John Snow College is committed to working in a sustainable way, reducing its environmental footprint and has adopted this Green Charter. 

Key Objectives:

  • Comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice.
  • Continuously seek to improve our environmental and social performance and try to operate in ways that reduce negative impacts on the environment.
  • Respect all the animals and flora in our College grounds taking care not to damage habitats, including during any events we hold.
  • Encourage students, staff and guests to use products and services in an environmentally sensitive way.
  • Raise awareness of environmental issues within the College and the local community and encourage participation in sustainable practices.
  • Reduce the amount of waste, pollution and emissions.
  • Reduce the use of energy, water and other resources.
  • Reuse materials where we can.
  • Recycle as much as we possibly can.
  • Remain a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme as an indicator of our sustainable practices.


As a member of John Snow I agree to promote my College's green policy by:

Turn off heating, electricity, water and lighting when it is not required.

Keep temperatures for heating and hot water to a reasonable level.

Reduce waste to landfill by recycling where possible: glass, plastic, paper, cans, cardboard etc. in the containers provided.

Reduce energy and water usage by using low energy light bulbs, switching off lights, turning off stand by switches, turning off radiators when rooms are unoccupied.

Use public transport where possible - timetables and information available from on the University website.

Walking and cycling where possible - cycle storage available both at John Snow Residences and on the Main Queen's Campus.

Continually look at ways to improve our commitment to green issues.

Keep up to date on College environmental projects and be active in supporting the College environmental policy. 


Greenspace is the name for Durham University's Environment Office.   Based in Hatfield College, under the Dean for Environmental Sustainability (Professor Tim Burt, Master of Hatfield College), Greenspace co-ordinates 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

Waste and Recycling

It is important to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill. Please sort your waste carefully and aim to recycle as much as possible. Please remove the waste such as glass, paper, cardboard and cans to the recycling point located in the car park by using your recycling bag provided in your room. Old batteries, printer cartridges and aerosols can be recycled in Reception.  We run a Green Move Out scheme at the end of the academic year: this 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 John Snow College reduce its energy use by making small changes - for example, switching off your light and turning off computer equipment, when you leave your room will make the vital difference.  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 in Stockton to walk or cycle. Even when you live out of College, there is no need for a car in Stockton.  If you can make trips home using public transport rather than by car, this will help reduce your own 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.  Queen's Campus has started a programme of improving the flora and fauna which includes John Snow College.  At John Snow College we are introducing new initiatives to encourange wildlife with the introduction of plants and flowers that encourage insects, ladybird and butterfly boxes and new bird feeders and nesting boxes.

Getting involved

 The John Snow College environment team needs all the help it can get, from occasional trips to the recycling point to being a member of the committee, helping to run campaigns, etc.

 The JCR environment representative is: Duart Rankin

 The John Snow College environment champion is Michaela Flowerday who works in the Holliday Building/John Snow College Accommodation.