Environment Officer: Niki Shukla

he Castle Environment Committee seeks to promote the greenest world possible by raising environmental awareness in college. It aims to provide the Castle community with information, tools and opportunities that can best increase self-awareness and allow everyone to have a positive impact on the world around us!


Biweekly meetings will we held to discuss ongoing plans and new schemes to be introduced. They provide the perfect place for new proposals from committee members to work on projects based on environmental issues and sustainability. Exciting areas of focus have included ‘Pledge to the Veg’ vegetarian week and the Sustainable Fashion Show in the past – catering to everyone and allowing us all to make a difference in a variety of ways we might not have tried before!


We are constantly looking for ways of refining our college life to do our part in making our planet greener. Alongside our own projects, we work with the university’s environment department, Greenspace, to organise environmental initiatives and activities and coordinate with the wider university. In addition, a sub-division of the Environment Committee is the Castle Allotment Committee, meeting every week in the second term to keep our college allotment garden happy and well!


An opportunity to discover your inner Greta Thunberg or your 70s hippie, we welcome you to join. To get involved or hear more about us, please get in contact with me, Niki, at nikita.shukla@durham.ac.uk.


A little bit about myself, I’m an Economics student at Castle, and have spent the last year abroad studying in Sweden at Lund University. Here, I had the incredible opportunity to learn about Scandinavian methods of greening the economy, sustainability, and that ABBA isn’t actually British(?!). I also enjoy playing squash for both DU and Castle, and the violin and piano.