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King's Climate Action Team

The King's Climate Action Team is a group of student volunteers supporting the running of the King's Climate Action Network (King's CAN). Applications for the role are now open, and will close at midnight on Friday, 9th October 2020. 

The King’s Sustainability team are offering the opportunity for students to get experience in climate action, project management, leadership, and event management as part of our King’s Climate Action Network (King’s CAN).  

King’s CAN is an interdisciplinary, open forum with the aim to develop a strategy to achieve the university’s net zero carbon by 2025 target. It will consist of staff, students and alumni, and will tackle eleven impact areas as defined by the Swedish Climate Framework for Higher Education Institutions. Seven sub-groups will discuss the impact areas and suggest strategies to reach net zero.

The sub-groups are:  

  • Zero Carbon Estate: construction, refurbishment, and energy use 

  • Procurement & Waste: purchasing and waste disposal, including food 

  • Travel: business travel and commuting 

  • Responsible Investment: divestment and positive investment 

  • Students & Education: educating and inspiring students 

  • Zero Carbon Research: supporting climate research 

  • Community engagement: sharing our actions and strategies with our communities 

More information on the network is available on the King’s website.  

Prior experience in sustainability or climate action is not necessary, however enthusiasm about sustainability in one or more of the sub-group topics will be a great asset.  

It is important that we have a diverse range of skills and academic knowledge, we therefore endeavor to select our team from a range of backgrounds and academic degree programmes. We encourage applications from protected characteristics for this role and students from widening participation backgrounds specifically. Please note that we also have resources in place to ensure that support is available to students who may have any kind of additional support needs and/or face financial barriers to participation in this kind of initiative. 

Typical responsibilities:  

  • Time commitment: approximately 1-2 hours per week 

  • Commitment to attend King’s CAN plenary events (approximately five meetings from October 2020 to May 2021) 

  • Option to join one or more sub-groups, which will meet more frequently 

  • Supporting the Sustainability Team in organising network events:  

    • Five plenary meetings 

    • Monthly or bi-monthly sustainability and climate education events. This could take the form of lunch & learns, film screenings, panel discussions etc., and you may come up with your own ideas for topics and formats 

    • Climate Action Network conference, due to take place in February 2021 

  • Supporting the management of the network, such as communicating with sub-groups and chairs 

Key competencies required:  

  • Interest in sustainability and climate action 

  • Enthusiasm to make a difference at King’s 

  • Ability to work as part of a team 

  • Good organisational skills 

  • Ability to use own initiative 

  • Professional attitude 

Skills and experience gained: 

  • Experience and knowledge of carbon management and measurement, including scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions

  • Experience of environmental challenges facing large institutions, and how these are managed 

  • Project management 

  • Event management 

  • Time management 

  • Leadership skills and working with stakeholders 

For more information, please email sustainability@kcl.ac.uk. To apply for this role, please fill out the application form.  

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