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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Milling industry support for sustainable housing research project
Wood-Mizer has partnered with the School of Architecture on HomeGrownHouse.
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.
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.
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's Falcon Cam
View London Met’s rooftop Peregrine Falcon nest. Viewer discretion is advised during live streaming coverage.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Creating a buzz
London Met's rooftop is home to 80,000 bees. Learn about our urban beekeeping, and how this supports biodiversity.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students and the community
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.
3 questions with our Challenge Champion
Zanda Pipira, Sustainability Officer, explains the challenges facing the London environment and her reasons to be hopeful.
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.