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Learn to make environmental change happen through effective, transformative engagement with others.


What is the Green Labs programme?

Green Labs is a six week programme run by Oxford Hub and funded by the Department of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oxford, for people who want to learn to make change happen through having effective conversations with those around them. You will design, implement and evaluate your own environmental sustainability-related interventions.

Applications for this cohort of Green Labs have now closed. If you are interested in taking part in the next cohort, launching in 2020, please complete the expression of interest form linked at the bottom of the page.

What does the programme involve?

You will attend sessions and gain transferable skills to improve your effectiveness and impact.

  • Lead and facilitate positive change

  • Improve your ability to understand and tackle environmental challenges

  • Learn how to engage the disengaged

  • Put your skills into action, through iterative design, implementation and reflection

In the six weeks, you will develop an environment-related intervention, big or small, with a group. You need no prior knowledge to take part. The programme has a focus on listening and communicating for positive impact, Action-Experiment Cycles, strategic change-making, and advocacy and influencing.

Participants will need to complete preparatory work for each session, spending an estimated 3 hours per week working on their intervention and doing prep work.

Who can apply?

We accept applications from everyone, whether you’re a university student or you’ve lived in Oxford for 50 years. Selection is made following an application and an interview.

We're looking for self-motivated individuals with initiative and interest in the environment, who want to explore and implement innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. Your existing skills will be complemented by a programme of in-depth training. Engage for Change lasts for 6 weeks, with opportunities to deepen your learning through ongoing mentoring and support. If selected for the programme, you will receive training and support to help you develop the skills needed to meet the challenge.


✔ This opportunity is open to local residents and students.

✔ You can volunteer on this project if you have a disability. If you would like to, you can fill out the Accessibility Requirements form on the volunteer application and let us know what we can do to support you.

✔ This opportunity is wheelchair accessible and has step-free access.

✔ You can take part in this opportunity with a carer or support. If you require support when volunteering, get in touch and we can match you with a volunteer supporter.

Oxford Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all volunteers. We will make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities, and we pay back volunteer expenses such as bus tickets. We also provide ongoing support for the volunteers we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, you can fill out the Accessibility Requirements form on the volunteering application and let us know how we can help. Please email lizzie@oxfordhub.org if you have any questions.

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