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King's Climate Action Network

The King’s Climate Action Network (King’s CAN) is an open, interdisciplinary forum that connects people from the King’s community who are passionate about sustainability and climate. Launched in October 2020, it aims to bring together sustainability and climate expertise from the King’s community to create and implement a zero carbon strategy for the university.  

The network focuses on eleven key impact areas, including energy consumption, travel, food, research, and education. Through a number of sub-committees, King’s CAN has proposed solutions to reduce our carbon emissions from sources like energy, procurement and waste, while also maximising our positive impact on climate action in the areas of divestment, research, education, and community engagement. Alongside this, a series of events takes place with the aim to engage, educate, and inspire the King’s community to take climate action.  

King’s CAN is open to all students and staff, and we actively invite alumni, our local community and partner organisations to join our network to create positive change.  

The network covers the following categories: 

- Zero Carbon Estate: Looking at the construction, refurbishment and operation of our estate, with the aim to reduce our energy consumption. 

- Procurement & Waste: Identifying ways to reduce two key scope 3 emission sources: the purchasing of goods and services, and the disposal of waste. Special attention is also given to carbon emissions from food served on campus. 

- Travel: Business travel, in particularly flights, are a key source of carbon emissions at universities. We aim to reduce this, as well as look at our carbon emissions from staff and student commuting. 

- Students & Education: As well as reducing its negative impact, King's has the chance to increase its positive impact on the climate by educating and inspiring our students. We look at ways to embed climate education into formal and informal education at King's. 

- Community & Engagement: Identifying opportunities to amplify our climate action by involving and sharing with our local communities, and communicating about the importance of climate action. 

- Responsible Investment: King's has fully divested from all fossil fuels, and has committed to investing 40% of our endowment into funds with socially responsible benefits. The CAN supports and pushes the implementation of this commitment. 

- Zero Carbon Research: Identifying how King's can have a positive impact on the climate through its research. 

These categories formed the basis for the Climate & Sustainability Action Plan which we aim to publish in autumn 2022.


How can you get involved?

In 2022/23, the CAN will be structured into Action Teams implementing one (or more) of the actions from the Sustainability & Climate Action Plan. The currently proposed groups are available to view here.

There are many ways for students and staff to get involved in the network with varying levels of commitment. 

- Climate Action Team Coordinators: paid and trained part-time students leading an action team of volunteers.

- Climate Action Team Volunteers: students, staff, and alumni who want to work on implementing actions.

- Set up your own project about a topic your particularly passionate about, with the CAN's support.

- Climate Action Network members: receive updates and invitations to relevant events.

Find out more about each of these roles here.


If you are interested in joining the network, please fill out this form to register your interest. 

If you would like to hear more, the recording of the CAN's 2020 launch is available here

If you have any questions about the network, please contact the King's Sustainability Team


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