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
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.
The nature of cities
Lecturer in Architecture and Sustainability Coordinator Siân Moxon spoke at the Nature of Cities Festival to promote urban rewilding.
Architecture department to plant hundreds of trees to promote sustainable design
The project will create 100 metres of hedge for the important tasks of providing food and shelter for wildlife, addressing carbon emissions, air quality and biodiversity loss.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Sam Idowu announced as Editor-In-Chief for leading academic research publication
Published by Springer Palgrave Macmillan, the six-volume encyclopaedia brings together leading global academic research addressing Sustainable Management.
Creating a buzz
London Met's rooftop is home to 80,000 bees. Learn about our urban beekeeping, and how this supports biodiversity.
Costing the earth
Associate Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Ian Shields, discussed the likely impact of climate change on geopolitical conflict on a recent Radio 4 programme.
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.
Students and the community
3 questions with our Challenge Champion
Zanda Pipira, Sustainability Officer, explains the challenges facing the London environment and her reasons to be hopeful.
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.
Climate change: time to change
Extended degree students created a powerful TV show on climate change, delving into how the University and the creative industries can help the environment.
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.
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.