Sustainability

Stewardship is part of the Benedictine way of life and has been for over 1500 years.  As well as valuing the beauty of our environment, St Benet’s Hall appreciates and cares properly for all the things that are needed and used for running and maintaining the Hall.

Examples of our stewardship include:

  • In most years total CO2 emissions from St Benet’s Hall (90 to 120 tonnes CO2 per year) are often the lowest of all the Colleges and Halls of the University.  That is not surprising as St Benet’s is one of the smallest of the Colleges with a small building footprint.  However when measured as CO2 per student, St Benet’s still has emissions that are typically the lowest or amongst the lowest three Colleges of the 44 Colleges and Halls of the University.
  • All of the electricity used by St Benet’s is generated from green energy. 
  • The Hall sends zero waste to landfill. 
  • Food is cooked to order (staff and students book in for meals by 8am each morning) to minimise food waste. 
  • There are bird boxes and bat boxes in our gardens.

All staff and students have responsibility to care properly for the things that are needed and used for running the Hall and to be mindful of their behaviour’s impact on the environment.

The St Benet’s Hall environmental policy can be read here.

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