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Get involved in sustainability action at King’s

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Are you interested in all things sustainable and want to make a positive impact whilst at King’s? King’s is committed to sustainability, ranking second in the UK and first among the Russell Group in the People and Planet University League. 

The Sustainability team have a range of volunteering opportunities, events, and resources to learn more about climate and sustainability. 

Check out the Sustainability blog, sign-up for the Sustainability newsletter and follow them on Instagram for all updates.

There are also KCLSU student groups dedicated to sustainability such as King’s 4 Change, Eco Soc, the Climate Action Society and the Vegetarian & Vegan Society.

Find out how to get involved below or check out the full list here.

Sustainability module and seminar series

The KEATS module on Sustainability & Climate is an open-access and interdisciplinary module covering the biggest topics in sustainability, from climate change and food to sustainable finance and social justice.

Fully co-created by a Take Action Team of 50 students, staff, and alumni, the module is complemented by a seminar series and other events.

The series will start again in October 2022 with roughly one seminar per month, and you can register online to keep updated. 

There are a variety of sustainability-related courses and modules available at King’s and you can apply a sustainability lens to any module and coursework.

You can volunteer to support the QAA sustainability curriculum quality audit to assess how well modules at King’s integrate sustainability.

You can also check out the second semester of the AKC programme focusing on climate change. And why not tailor your dissertation towards sustainable themes? Get in touch with the team if you have questions or ideas.

King’s Climate Action Network

The King’s Climate Action Network (CAN) is an open, interdisciplinary forum bringing together people from the King’s community who are passionate about climate action.

Established in October 2020, the network now has more than 300 members who implement actions from the co-created Sustainability & Climate Action Plan through dedicated Take Action teams. Teams are led by trained and paid student project managers (~8 hours per month) and cover topics from education to food.

Find out more and join the King’s CAN.

One of the current CAN projects is the climate listening campaign, which aims to find out about the climate and sustainability challenges local communities face and to identify how King’s students and staff can work with them. Get involved in the project by registering your interest.

Sustainability Month

King’s Sustainability Month takes place every year in February in collaboration with KCLSU. It offers all those involved an opportunity to learn more about sustainability topics, collaborate and connect with others from across King’s and #TakeAction on the climate crisis.

The month includes exciting events organised by people from across the King’s community focused on one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The team are looking for event ideas and you can submit your idea online.

Spotlight on Sustainability podcast

The King’s Spotlight on Sustainability podcast aims to draw attention to sustainability at King’s and beyond. The goal is to get you thinking about some of the issues and challenges we face regarding climate change and the natural world by highlighting the excellent work on sustainability happening at King’s and on local, national and global levels.

Start listening online

Sustainability around campus

The university’s Sustainability Champions are staff who work on campus, in our residences and in our labs to make King's a more sustainable working environment.

King’s is also a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association and the King’s Food team work to continuously improve food sustainability, from serving local and seasonal options to running Roots, our plant-based café at Bush House. King’s has a 20p levy on disposable coffee cups to reduce waste, with the money going back into a Sustainability Projects Fund.

You can learn about food growing and urban gardening at King’s Community Garden on Guy’s Campus, or join the Fairtrade and Sustainable Food Steering Group. King's encourages active travel, like walking or cycling to campus, and provide secure bike storage and showers to help you do so. There are also recycling bins and free water refill points on campus.

We'd love to hear from you!

If you want to set up your own sustainability project with friends, a society, or individually, you can also get in touch with the team for support on:

sustainability@kcl.ac.uk

Any ideas, feedback or initiatives to promote are always welcome.