What are we doing to protect the environment?

Oxford Summer Courses is firmly committed to the principles of sustainability. We recognise that our internal operations and development has an influence on the wider community. That’s why we have partnered with environmental organisation, ClimateCare, to offset our carbon emissions and become a carbon neutral company. What do ClimateCare do? ClimateCare believes that the private sector has an important role to play in tackling climate change and meeting the UN Global Goals, and that profit with purpose business models are truly sustainable and have the power to drive change at scale. Working with leading corporations, NGOs and governments, ClimateCare is committed to turningn climate responsibilities into positive outcomes. They do so in the following four ways: Managing a number of climate neutral and offset programmes Developing several major compliance projects Assisting with company project development Offering expert advice to their clients

How can my summer course help the environment? When you join us for your summer course, you can do so with the confidence of knowing that you’re also helping the environment. Our partnership with ClimateCare means that from the very moment you arrive on your course, they’ll be busy helping to offset your footprint with their range of carbon-neutral projects. So, while you’re busy learning, you’ll also be giving back. It’s just one of the added benefits of studying with Oxford Summer Courses.

Our projects with Climate Care

Clean cookstoves in Kenya

Did you know that in developing countries, it’s estimated that more than half of all families rely on open fires or inefficient stoves to prepare their meals? Not only can these harmful pollutants damage our environment, but it also means the families using these fasciitis are often exposed to toxic smoke and other harmful chemicals while cooking. Our partnership with ClimateCare means that we are part of an ongoing project to secure the funding needed to provide clean and safe cooking stoves in Kenya for these families.

Protecting the Amazon rainforest

Another key initiative we’re involved with ClimateCare is to lessen future forest loss in the Amazon. Primarily, this work focuses on improving the productivity of farms, pastures, plantations and scrub-land in addition to restoring the existing ecosystems which have already faced damage. By reducing wasteful land-use practices and consolidating gains on existing cleared lands, we can diminish the need to clear additional rainforest.

Study sustainably, choose Oxford Summer Courses

Use our Carbon Calculator and offset your emissions here.

Carbon offsetting is an internationally recognised way to take responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions. In a world where climate change is increasingly on the agenda and global emissions continue to grow, your customers, investors and staff are looking to your business to act responsibly.

In simple terms, offsetting one tonne of carbon means there will be one less tonne of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there would otherwise have been. It is the fastest way to achieve emissions reductions and the only way to achieve carbon neutrality. And our carbon calculator will help you do just that. Choosing to offset through ClimateCare means you’ll support best practice projects that deliver value for the environment, your business and local communities.

Please use our carbon calculator below:

How much carbon does it cost?

A return flight from London to Vancouver = 4.16 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Driving 20,000 miles in a petrol care = 5.66 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Boiling a kettle twice a day, every day of the year = 0.98 tonnes of CO2 emissions

How can you become more eco-friendly?

 

Plastic straws (we know you’ve heard this one already)

In May 2019, the UK government moved to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds with plastic stems from sale and use from April 2020. Nearly 5 BILLION plastic straws are currently used each year in the UK, and this plastic pollution has increasingly placed waterways and wildlife in the UK at risk.

In our office, we choose to get our take-away iced coffees from chains like Pret, who use recyclable paper straws instead of plastic ones for their drinks. At home, many of our staff members have invested in bamboo or steel straws, which you can use again and again.

 

Offset your flights (its easy to do)

Some airways have their own offset schemes. When booking your flight you tick the box that you want your flight to be carbon neutral, pay the added fees and you’re done. This will increase your ticket price with roughly 10%, depending on the airways company and as easy as that you compensated for the carbon emissions of your flight.

Do our current projects with Climate Care offset our flights????

 

Is it recyclable? (think about this)

When you are buying something that comes in plastic packaging, check how much of it is recyclable. Most of us wrongly assume that most plastic is recyclable these days, but coloured plastics, and very thin plastic often is not.

Consider investing in reusable mesh produce bags for when you go shopping, to save on those single use bags. Or shop at places like Zara, who retain their recyclable paper bags and their online orders now come in cardboard boxes (as opposed to the single use plastic bags ASOS orders arrive in for example).

 

Conscious fashion (where are you buying?)

This is not so easy to keep track of, with many brands now claiming that they are eco friendly- but how can we be sure? Do your research- where are the clothes made, and what fabrics are used? Are the ethics of the company clear, and on what scale are they producing? Consider buying second hand- from everyday clothes to luxury items, you can find plenty online and in vintage stores- not only are you grabbing a deal, you are resisting ‘fast fashion’. Check out the conscious fashion website for a list of retailers they guarantee are environmentally friendly.

 

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