King’s is working hard at becoming a more sustainable institution. The Sustainability team has grown rapidly and is working at drafting new strategies and policies for the university. There are ambitious goals, such as reducing our carbon emissions 43% by 2020 compared to 2005/06 (and to get to net zero carbon by 2025!), which we are pursuing through an array of means including increased monitoring and efficiency. Staff and students also have a role to play as their actions on campus have an impact. These tips are meant to encourage you to contribute to King’s sustainability and to help you understand what sustainable options are available.
- Turn off your computers and monitors when they’re not in use, along with lights and other appliances. Residences take part in the Student Switch-Off campaign every year, encouraging students to simply switch off lights and put a lid on pans.
- Take advantage of the university’s cycle-to-work scheme and sign up to the Bicycle Users Group for support and advice. There is also a KCL Bike Club. King’s has more than 600 bicycle parking spaces, including secure parking at Strand, Guy’s and Denmark Hill (these campuses have showers as well). Check out the cycling pages.
- You can also easily walk between campuses (even Strand to Denmark Hill is only 3.5 miles). This is much more scenic than cramming into the tube!
- Get a KeepCup and a re-useable water bottle. This can get you a discount on your morning cuppa from King’s cafes, and there are water re-fill stations located throughout the campuses.
- King’s Food has worked on improving vegan food and drink options on campus, and has opened its first fully plant-based cafe in September 2018. The plant-based cafe is located on the 8th floor of Bush House, and offers snacks, hot food, and four different types of plant-based milk for your coffee. King’s Food are also providing at least one vegan option on the hot counter at each outlet every day. Students can also have a say in what they would like to see in the Fairtrade and Sustainable Food Steering Group – if you would like to find out more, get in touch with us.
- Interested in sustainability in education? The HEA and NUS found that 80% of students believe UK universities should be incorporating and promoting sustainable development. See here for some sustainability-related course options at King’s.
- Notice any problems, like for example a leaking tap? Report them to Estates & Facilities at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Check out the Get Involved page for information on how to participate directly in sustainability initiatives at King’s – this is the biggest way to make a difference!