London Met Lab: The Environment Challenge
We want to work with you on innovative design and research projects to ensure that London becomes carbon neutral, has clean air and is at the forefront of urban greening.
The world is facing a global climate and ecological crisis, and London is a case in point. As the capital’s population grows to 11 million by 2050, addressing problems of polluted air, water stress, poor access to public green space, and the effects of climate change, such as overheating and flooding, will become increasingly urgent. The city’s air pollution crisis means children in the city are far more likely to develop asthma than children living in other parts of the country, with two million Londoners are living under illegal air pollution levels.
The city, therefore, has ambitious targets to meet WHO air quality guidelines by 2030, become carbon neutral by 2050, and become half greenspace and have 12% more tree cover by 2050.
We’d love to hear from you about different projects or community initiatives we can work on with you.
Research and projects
Major grant for London Met rewilding research
The research project, which seeks to increase urban biodiversity through transformative design for streets, has been granted over £58,000 by the Kusuma Trust.
London Met students to plant over 400 trees
Each tree planted by students from the School of Art, Architecture and Design could offset one tonne of carbon over its lifetime.
Sian Moxon will join the expert panel as part of the first contemporary design event and media platform promoting exclusively environmentally focused businesses.
London Met research project named finalist in prestigious timber industry awards
George Fereday's HomeGrownCabin project is a finalist in the 2022 Structural Timber Awards in the 'Pioneer' category.
London Met launches new Estates Strategy
The strategy will see £150 million invested to create vibrant campuses with cutting-edge facilities, with sustainability at its heart.
Culture and Collaborations on Climate Emergency
London Met researcher, Siân Moxon is set to talk at an online climate event hosted by the National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange (NCACE).
London Met lecturer’s project featured in Designer Magazine
Siân Moxon’s Rewild My Street campaign profiled in prestigious design magazine.
Ecological Dialogues: Perspectives on Art, Architecture and Design
London Met’s commitment to sustainability in education was reaffirmed with the relaunch of the Art, Architecture and Design Education Declares initiative.
Architecture Education Declares: Response statement 2022
We are widening our scope to include Art and Design, as well as Architecture, in our response to the climate and ecological emergency.
London Met supports UUK Climate Action campaign
The campaign highlights the vital role universities play in addressing climate concerns, helping students find climate-positive careers, and leading research on environmental change.
London Met academic chooses top books on sustainable design
Architect, academic and rewilding expert Sian Moxon is also the author of Sustainability in Interior Design, which highlights the need for designers to adapt the way they work.
I'm dreaming of a green Christmas
After a challenging year, we all deserve a break this Christmas, argues Siân Moxon, but let's make sure we give the planet one too.
The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE)
The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE) brings together architects, urbanists, artists and designers with research interests in environmental, social and cultural ecologies
Cities research group
Our Cities research group strives to address critical urban challenges through a creative and collaborative approach.
Interview with Sian Moxon at Mudchute City Farm
Sian Moxon speaks to Verve TV on her department's tree planting exercise at the Mudchute City Farms.
London Met commended for sustainability in Renewable University Report 2021
An annual study conducted by Uswitch, which seeks to find out which universities are leading the way in terms of green initiatives and renewable energy, has found London Met to be among
The ecological benefits of green walls
Architect, designer and founder of urban rewilding campaign Rewild My Street Sian Moxon explains why green walls are one way to mitigate environmental problems and improve biodiversity.
Abundant Green Networks: Reimagining our Urban Space
London Met rewilding expert to take part in panel to help cities go greener and healthier, by going pesticide-free.
Taking more responsibility for sustainability
The University hosted an international session to create a discussion about how the world can take more responsibility for sustainability.
Rewilding the Post-Covid City
COVID-19 may stem from our mistreatment of wildlife, but wildlife could ultimately profit if the pandemic prompts us to rethink our relationship with nature and plan a green recovery.
London Met experts help designer to turn chewing gum waste into recycled products
Entrepreneur worked with the Polymers department at London Met to create Gumdrop.
London Met shows biggest carbon reduction out of all UK universities
A sustainability league table by People and Planet shows the University to have reduced its carbon emissions by 80% since 2005-06.
Clean Air, Green Energy and London Met expertise
London Met wins £118k grant to develop intelligent software for electric taxis.
London Met wins Green Apple for Environmental Improvement
Founded in 1994, the Green Apple Environment Awards recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world in both the public and private sectors.
London Met rewilding project wins MIT prize
The project provides a vision of the role London can play as a model for cities worldwide in resetting our relationship with nature.
Rewilding the streets of London
In the midst of an ecological crisis, wherein over 40% of species are thought to be in at least moderate decline, what can ordinary people do to help?
London Met's Falcon Cam
View London Met’s rooftop Peregrine Falcon nest. Viewer discretion is advised during live streaming coverage.
London First published blog on London Met's Ecological Dialogue series
London First's sustainability hub blog features the London Met Ecological Dialogues seminar series to showcase the University’s environmental research.
How We Live Now: designing feminist cities
A new installation at the Barbican explores a series of important questions about our public spaces and designed environments, and who they serve.
Creating a buzz
London Met's rooftop is home to 80,000 bees. Learn about our urban beekeeping, and how this supports biodiversity.
Ecological Dialogues: Sustainable Communities and the Question of Nature
New talks series from the London Met Lab explores some of the biggest environmental challenges facing the world today.
Building the case for equitable spaces
London Met’s Dr Anna Marazuela Kim spoke on how to drive social value in the built environment, on a panel offering global perspectives of the importance of policy and context.
Milling industry support for sustainable housing research project
Wood-Mizer has partnered with the School of Architecture on HomeGrownHouse.
30 Days Wild
Urban rewilding project run by London Met's Siân Moxon will offer a new tip every weekday to transform cities for the benefit of wildlife.
London Met highlighted in COP26 Universities Network
The University has been recognised for the role of its academic research, and sustainability strategy, in driving a zero-carbon future.
London Met professor hosting gender equality and climate change event at COP26
Dr Anne Karpf, Professor of Life Writing and Culture in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, will be chairing a major COP26 fringe event in Glasgow.
Fashion Marketing and Journalism BA receives grant from The Drapers Company
The grant will fund the course's upcoming 'Newsweek', which will see a distinguished panel discuss sustainability in fashion with students.
All encouraged to take part in 'bio-blitz' campaign
The campaign encourages citizens to find as many species of animals, plants and fungi in their outdoor space as they can in one day.
Lessons for cities worldwide
The London Met Lab's proposed COP26 exhibit will highlight five approaches to the environment: research, teaching, student enterprise, partnerships and management.
Siân Moxon, senior lecturer, sustainability coordinator, and environment lead for London Met Lab, offers her advice on feeling positive about the future of the planet.
HomeGrownHouse: London Met housing project to be highlighted at COP26
A research project led by London Met’s George Fereday which offers sustainable, low-cost solutions to UK construction, will be showcased at the major climate conference COP26.
Wish you were here: A hopeful vision of London from the future
Postcards from a visitor in London in 2041 give today’s hope for a greener, wilder capital.
London Met academic awarded Design for Planet Fellowship
Torange Khonsari is one of nine experts selected by the Design Council in recognition of their track records in making multi-disciplinary, cross-sector and community connections.
Hundreds of trees to be planted by London Met community
Students and staff will plant a range of tree species as part of the annual event at Mudchute City Farm to promote sustainability and biodiversity.
The climate crisis and gender inequality: an intimate relationship
In her new book, How Women Can Save the Planet (Hurst, 2021), Professor Anne Karpf argues, that the climate emergency is literally 'man-made.
Students and the community
London Met students to plant over 400 trees
London Met students are set to plant 420 trees for the important tasks of providing food and shelter for wildlife, addressing carbon emissions, air quality and biodiversity loss.
London Met hosts Great Science Share with local schools
Six Islington primary schools came to London Met for an annual campaign to inspire young people to share their scientific questions on the theme of climate action.
London Met Students' Union Sustainability Student Representatives
Do you feel that you can contribute to reducing carbon footprint? Then, why not join the activities of our London Met Students' Union Sustainability Student Representative (SSR) here?
Sustainable Fashion: Are we doing enough?
India Gustin, third-year Fashion Marketing and Journalism student, reports on the latest Newsweek event.
Students collaborate with industry on sustainable construction project
Architecture students worked with Wikihouse, who aim to transform methods of building to produce healthy, high-performance, zero-carbon, zero-waste homes and neighbourhoods.
Students plant 420 trees to promote sustainable building
The event gave future architects and designers the opportunity to reflect on their practices as part of the Department's commitment to developing sustainable building and construction.
Undergraduate student presents final year project at two conferences
Monika Rabka, a Computer Systems Engineering student, presented at international conference, as well as London Met’s Student and Staff Research Conference.
'Enough Already' - Unit 08 Masters of Architecture students exhibit research on the nature of reuse
Architecture students from London Met's postgraduate Unit 08 argue for better reuse and repurposing of what we have, through their design research projects which were exhibited in July.
Student solution to tackling air quality
The local air-quality monitoring system (LAMS) recently won the Climate and Environment category in the Big Idea Challenge.
London Met students give back to the city
Clinics offering legal advice, sports injury assessment and rehabilitation, and community art projects are on offer for all Londoners, under the supervision of qualified experts.
Becoming a hedgehog friendly campus
This Hedgehog Awareness Week, London Met is seeking Student Hedgehog Ambassadors to help promote a hedgehog friendly habitat at the University.
Designing the Cultural Commons
In early May, students and tutors on London Met's Design for the Cultural Commons courses will be delivering a series of exciting workshops at the Design Museum.
Climate, Fairtrade and You
Fairtrade Fortnight highlights the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with.
Sustainability at London Met
London Met is committed to continually reducing its environmental impact and using resources in an environmentally sustainable way. Find out more about our targets and achievements.
London Met student makes it to semi-final of Mayor’s competition
Simon Mélizan discusses his concept, the Climate Crisis Creative Hub, which aims to bridge the 'knowledge-action-gap' on climate change.
Project led by London Met alumna wins RIBA Stirling Award
Annalie Riches, who studied on the RIBA Part 2 and Part 3 at The Cass, and practice partner David Mikhail claim RIBA's building of the year award for the Goldsmith Street project.
Zero-emissions taxi firm driving growth through crowdfunding
A London Met student is supporting eConnect Cars by developing a crowdfunding campaign, completing coursework at the same time.
Environment: Meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the academic and professional staff who are championing the Environment Challenge.
We offer a wide selection of class modules for students who are interested in addressing the Environment challenge.
Reach out to discuss partnering with us to tackle the challenges facing our city and communities. Please include the name of your organisation, explain the challenges you face and any thoughts you have about how we can work together.