Green London Met scores big
London Metropolitan University was announced as a winner at the 2017 Energy Institute Awards.
Hosted at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London, on 9 November, the University was victorious in the Best Energy Efficiency category, an award to recognise organisations which have implemented practices to improve their energy efficiency performance through the design and implementation of materials, systems, software and supply chains.
The University’s ‘Lighting Up London Met’ initiative impressed the judges. The scheme is an ongoing project which is split into three areas with the aim of upgrading and installing more efficient lights, renewable energy sources and upgrading building fabric at the University.
The first area - lights - saw over 3,000 new LED lights installed at the University. To date, 221 solar panels have been installed, on the roof of the Science Centre, and 914 windows across the three campuses have been upgraded.
Rachel Ward, London Met’s Sustainability Manager, said: “Lighting Up London Met was developed to help the University meet the targets set out in its carbon management plan, enhance the student experience and reduce energy costs.
“The lighting alone is saving us around £55,000 per annum on electricity costs and has reduced our carbon footprint by 225 tonnes of carbon. The lighting has also made an improvement to the feel of the University, making it a brighter and more welcoming space for students.”
London Metropolitan University has recently launched two postgraduate courses on which the sustainability team teach, providing a hands on practical experience for students. Find out more about Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Adv Dip Pro Dev and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability MSc.