A petition has been created to put a sustainability officer on every May Ball committee. Cambridge student Hattie Hunter, who started the campaign, is asking for a University-wide change to the "extremely wasteful" events.
In 2016, the Clare May Ball was the first ever completely carbon-neutral May Ball to be held. Hunter's campaign takes inspiration from this feat, which was achieved with the help of two sustainability officers on its committee, who were responsible for keeping the environmental impact of the May Ball to a minimum whilst preserving the traditional May Ball experience.
Hunter's campain continues the work of CU Environmental Society's Sustain-a-ball Project, which provides committees with advice about how to reduce the environmental impact of the " largest, most widely publicised and well-attended events in the university calendar."
The petition can be signed here.