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Long time no see!

When we organised Green Week a while ago, we wanted to make people more aware of the environmental impact of our university. Each year, King's students and staff use £10 million worth of energy, consume 110 Olympic-size swimming pools of water and throw away 1,6 million kg of waste (that's more weight than 200 African elephants).
We'd like to share with you a few of the things that have been happening at the College to decrease our impact on the planet, plus news of upcoming events. If you'd like to get involved with any of our sustainability projects or start up your own, just get in touch by replying to this e-mail! 

Best wishes and enjoy the sun,

Kat, Lisa, Janne, Kiran

KCLSU wins Gold!

We'd like to congratulate KCLSU for receiving a Gold Standard Award for their excellent work on the Green Impact Students’ Union scheme! Green Impact is an accreditation and awards scheme run by the NUS, to encourage positive changes in environmental practice at universities.

Our team will run the Green Impact scheme for King's staff next year. If you'd like to know more or join our champions network, just get in touch by replying to this e-mail!

Saving tonnes of CO2 in our labs

This August King's will host the S-Labs Awards. We’re happy to announce that the King's team led by Allison Hunter has been shortlisted for 'laboratory environmental improvement'!

The team lowered energy consumption in labs by asking staff to increase their -80°C freezer temperatures to -70°C. The 20% energy reductions help us save on energy bills, as the average freezer costs £500 a year to run.

They also installed energy saving devices on 473 fridges and freezers. This will save approximately £15,000 per year and 78 tonnes of CO2 (enough CO2 to fill the King's Great Hall four times!)

Latest stories from our blog

Kiran reflects on World Water Day and how (virtual) water is connected to our everyday lives. Excitingly, she is also featured in the documentary Sand Wars, which premiered last week. Have a look!

Janne's infographic shows how our contractors performed on sustainability criteria for the redevelopment of King's College Hall residences in Denmark Hill (hint: we did very well).


Want to grow your own food at King's?

A group of students received funding to start up an urban gardens project at different King's campuses.

If you'd like to join the team and help make this project a success, just reply to this e-mail and we'll pass on your details! All students and staff are welcome to join the team.

100 mile bike rides

Raise funds for King's and our partner hospitals by taking part in The Prudential Ride London 100. Read more on the King's website.

Nightrider is a 100 km bike ride with a difference... it’s at night! Whilst the capital sleeps, you’ll pass by Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge and the London Eye! Limited charity places available.

EAUC Annual Conference

A sustainability event for the tertiary education sector filled with activities, case studies and real life examples of inspirational success stories that you can take away and apply back at King's, regardless of where you are on your own sustainability journey!

When: 7-9 May 2014
Venue: Nottingham Trent University (NTU)
Price: see website (discounted student tickets may be available)
More info:


RCE Education for Sustainable Development conference

This conference is for all course leaders and lecturers across HE and FE colleges who are interested in sustainability. It will bring together educationalists, NGOs and employers to promote and share good subject based and interdisciplinary practice across a wide range of areas, from both the natural sciences and the social sciences. 

When: June 10th
Venue: London South Bank University
Price: £40 - £120
More info:

On Saturday 23rd of March, lights across the world were switched off for Earth Hour 2014. Earth Hour 2014 has completed a record journey across the planet, uniting people from 162 countries and territories in more than 7000 cities and towns. In the video above you can see some of the highlights with Spiderman as this year’s mascot.

Interested in organizing something similar at King's? Get in touch with the team at or via the links below.
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