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Campus garden Royal Holloway is green and going greener. We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving the local environment.

In 2010, we put together a 10-year plan, which sets out how we will reduce carbon emissions in line with Government and higher education funding bodies’ targets.

It identifies actions we can make to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of our existing estate.The plan provides guidance for the future development of the estate and how to raise awareness around these issues. It will help us meet the HEFCE target of reducing our carbon emissions by at least 48% by 2020.

Under this 10-year plan, we're replacing inefficient light bulbs with LED lighting. We've already installed LED lighting in our Founder's bedrooms, which has reduced energy consumption by 65%.

We've also looked at how our buildings are heated and cooled and how we generate electricity on-campus. So far, we've installed solar panels on the Management building and the Caryl Churchill Theatre.

Ethics and Environment Officer

You can play an integral part in helping Royal Holloway become more environmentally-friendly and sustainable by joining the Students' Union Executive Committee as the Ethics and Environment Officer.

This position is responsible for kicking out unethical corporations, making sure student workers know their rights, ensuring the accreditation of any schemes aimed at making the College more sustainable and encouraging the Students' Union and its staff members to save energy.

Student intiatives

Changing our behaviour is essential to creating a greener campus. That’s why we've signed up to Green Impact – a NUS behaviour change programme for students and staff. 

This initiative encourages small changes, such as working through a Green Impact handbook that covers recycling, water, transport and energy consumption.

Campus ecology

Students here are lucky enough to enjoy a green and leafy campus, with areas of woodland and extensive wildlife. In order to maintain and enhance its nature conservation value, the College works to an ecological management plan, which identifies the main habitats and how they should be managed.

A recent addition to our green campus is the Campus Community Garden; 13 allotment plots in the centre of campus where you can grow your own fruit, vegetables and flowers.

You can also explore our Arboretum on the north side of the A30 to see our interesting and significant collection of trees.

Fairtrade status

fairtrade logo The Fairtrade Foundation awarded the College Fairtrade status in December 2005. All tea and coffee served on campus is Fairtrade, while many of the products in the College Shop also have this status.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for producers in the developing world. 

Producers supplying Fairtrade products are inspected and certified. They receive a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production as well as an extra premium that is invested in social or economic development projects.


Due to a greater reliance on convenience food, a greater consumption of goods and population increases, waste is a growing problem.  

We recognise the importance of reducing the amount of waste we produce and have installed communal facilities for recycling paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, drink cans, food tins, glass, batteries, printer cartridges and electrical equipment across campus.

The Students’ Union works with us on recycling initiatives throughout the year.

Green travel

Green travel is an important part of our travel plan and we aim to increase the number of staff and students who walk, cycle, car share and use public transport to reach Royal Holloway. 

Many of our staff and students take advantage of the quiet roads and dedicated cycle paths which link us to local towns and villages such as Englefield Green, Egham, Staines-upon-Thames, Windsor and Virginia Water.


For leisure cycling, try largely traffic-free Windsor Great Park. If you wish to cycle to College, we have more than 600 spaces for bicycles on campus, many of which are covered, as well as on-campus showers for cyclists. Download cycling maps and guides from the Surrey County Council website.


Car sharing is a great way of saving money on travel costs – sharing just once a week can slash your petrol bills by 10% – whilst reducing congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions. We have teamed up with Surrey Car Share to offer an online car sharing matchmaking service, which enables you to offer a lift, ask for one or say you’re open to both. Register your details on the Surrey Car Share website.

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