It’s an exciting time for the Sustainability team at King’s. Kat Thorne’s appointment as Head of Sustainability in the latter half of 2013 was a major boost to the university’s efforts at becoming a sustainable institution, given what she accomplished in the same role at the University of Greenwich. Over the past several months she has set about assembling a dream team of sustainable champions to help move King’s forward. As a result, the team now boasts managers of energy (Tom Yearley), waste and resources (Sunny Pawar) and sustainable labs (Martin Farley) along with three project assistants (Olivia, Sarah and Justin) – and the team is still expanding (so fast that this recent picture is already out of date)! Over the coming weeks and months this space will offer introductions to the new managers and what their work entails, providing a clearer picture of what sustainability means for King’s and the world of higher education.

There are many exciting projects and events in the works, and this space will serve to keep readers up to date on all things sustainable at King’s with new posts each week. The next major initiative, in which we want you to take part, is the NUS Blackout on Friday, 14 November. You can read more about it here. Also of particular note this week: renowned American environmentalist Bill McKibben, founder of, will be speaking in a free, public event at LSE on Tuesday, 4 November (find link to details below).

We also want you to get involved with this blog! Every week, aside from the above-mentioned updates, we will be posting a contribution from a member of the King’s community – students, staff and alumni – on a sustainability topic that they are passionate about. Are you interested in contributing? Get in touch for more details – we’d love to hear from you, no matter your background or your interest.

So be sure to check back regularly to keep informed about sustainability at King’s. We’re really excited for what’s in store!

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