Sustainable Students Oxford

The Sustainable Students Oxford (SSO) is a programme offering action and engagement opportunities, support for students interested in taking their own initiative, training and networking.

The University of Oxford is committed to reaching net zero carbon and biodiversity net gain by 2035. To reach these ambitious targets, we need everyone on board.  

With over 26,000 students in the University, our daily behaviours make a big difference to the environment. The scheme is open to all students empowering a variety of environmental action from engaging with existing campaigns in Oxford, to setting up your own projects. 

Welcome to Oxford – Student sustainability induction

How to get involved and what to expect

  • Take action. Join your college or departmental Green Impact team or work with staff to establish one!
  • Apply to become a Green Impact Project Assistant working with one of the University’s Green Impact teams or initiate your own environmental sustainability project. Receive training for project management and gain experience.   
  • Access environmental sustainability networking and training opportunities.
  • Receive IEMA approved training for environmental auditing and conduct year end audits for Green Impact team submissions. 
  • Meet like-minded students passionate about environmental sustainability.
  • Gain transferrable experience for motivating change. 


Term Card: What's coming up?

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Michaelmas term 2023 

Theme: Sustainable food 

  • Start of the year! 
    • Green Impact welcome session on 27 September 2023 
    • LEAF welcome session on 24 October 2023
    • Freshers’ Fair on 4 - 5 October 2023
  • Training for sustainability project leads and Green Impact Project Assistants - 25 October 2023, apply now to take part
  • Vision Zero road safety event - 18 October 2023 at Radcliffe Square
  • Be Energy Friendly campaign 
  • Announcing a new Food Policy (Coming soon)
  • Green Impact on Tour 
    • Invite us to hold a Green Impact stand in your area 

Hilary term 2024 

Theme: Sustainable consumption 

  • Oxford Green Action Week 19-25 February 2024
  • Waste Month is January 2024 
  • Planet Pledge - Oxford SU 
  • Oxford’s Fairtrade Fortnight 

Trinity term 2024 

Theme: Biodiversity 

  • End of the year  
    • Green Impact toolkit submission deadline is 22 May 2024 with student audits taking place on 12 June 2024.
    • LEAF submission deadline is Friday 17 May 2024 with peer-to-peer lab audits taking place in June 2024.
  • VC Award Ceremony
  • Sustainability Photographer of the Year Competition 
  • Sustainability Showcase 
  • The Good Gardener campaign 
  • Biodiversity surveys/Bioblitz 
  • Switch Up Your Lunch 

Learn more

Stay in the know

Join our student mailing list to be sent information about our campaigns, events and training opportunities.