London Met has been widely recognised for its contribution to implementing sustainability improvements in previous years and the University has won numerous awards for its environmental performance. From being announced as the best university for carbon reduction in 2015 and 2017, to winning the Green Apple Awards 2018 and Camden and Islington Sustainability Awards in 2019, the University is continually improving its sustainability efforts and looking for new ways to save energy and help protect the environment.
The University's environmental improvements are achieved by developing excellent working relationships with the Infrastructure, Projects and IT teams, implementing energy projects and creating a programme of behaviour change.
Initiatives include upgrades to our rooftop gardens at both Holloway and Aldgate campuses, with re-instatement of gardening clubs to follow, rehoming of 40,000 bees to our Holloway campus in May 2023, Green Impact programme for staff at London Met as well as installing over 3,000 LED lights across the campus as part of a campus wide programme and installing 221 solar panels on the roof.
By developing new initiatives and continuous collaborative work between students, staff and our key stakeholders London Met previously reduced its carbon footprint by 78% during 2019-20 from a 2009 baseline figure and met the 2020 target four years early.
Following this success, and as part of wider estates strategy, London Met have set further reduction targets based on a 2018/19 base year.
The University has set these new and ambitious targets to continue reducing operational impact on the environment even further. Details of these targets and the new Carbon and Environment Management Plan can be found on pages 16 and 17 of the Estates Strategy.
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Contact: Jessica Bellehewe
Role: Sustainability Manager
Responsibilities: Our sustainability Manager is responsible for many aspect of sustainability across all London Met sites including operational sustainability, student & staff engagement, policies, green initiatives, carbon reduction and biodiversity to name a few.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7133 3307
Latest sustainability news
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.
London Met alumnus exhibits innovative design at Green Grads
Callum Pincombe showcases his slice table at Green Grads, a platform for emerging designers who are working sustainably and tackling eco-issues. The exhibition takes place 24-25 Sept.
Planted Unearthed: London Met academic to explore urban rewilding on environmental design panel
Sian Moxon will join the expert panel as part of the first contemporary design event and media platform promoting exclusively environmentally focused businesses.
“London Running Wild” sustainable design expert featured in Time Out magazine
Siân Moxon’s rewilding project receives coverage in the esteemed magazine, Time Out London.
London Met lecturer’s project featured in Designer Magazine
Siân Moxon’s Rewild My Street campaign profiled in prestigious design magazine.
Culture and Collaborations on Climate Emergency
London Met researcher, Siân Moxon is set to talk at an online climate event.
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.
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.
London Met students design new Pavilion for the National Forest
The winning design will be built next month by students from a local construction college, and used as an exhibition space about climate change.
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.
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.
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.
London Met commended for sustainability in Renewable University Report 2021
University students are seen as the champions of climate change.
Latest sustainability awards
Camden and Islington Sustainability Awards 2019
Zanda Pipira, Sustainability Assistant, London Metropolitan University, was awarded the Islington Sustainability Champion for managing a local rooftop garden initiative.
Green Apple Awards 2018
The University won the 2018 Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice for its efforts to reduce food waste at the prestigious annual Green Apple Environment awards.
Energy Managers Association 2017
The University has been Highly Commended for best Energy Management Team of the Year.
Solar Power Portal Awards 2017
London Met won the Solar Power Portal Award for energy efficiency and corporate sustainability programme.
Energy Institute Awards 2017
Winner of the Efficiency Award. Our Lighting Up London Met project involved 3,170 LEDs, 221 PV panels and 914 windows to improve light quality and utilise sunlight to generate energy.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017
London Metropolitan University's Rachel Ward was crowned the Energy Institute Energy Manager of the Year at this year's edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017.
Green Gown Awards 2016
London Metropolitan University was Highly Commended in the Green Gown Awards 2016 for Carbon Reduction.
Public Sector Energy and Sustainability Awards 2016
London Met won Most Sustainable Public Sector Organisation in Education, Sustainability Manager of the Year for Rachel Ward and was Runner Up in the Public Sector Energy Champion award.
Sustainability Manager of the Year
In the Public Sector and Sustainability (PSS) Awards, the 2016 Winner for Sustainability Manager of the Year was London Met's Rachel Ward.
Energy Institute Awards 2016
London Met's Sustainability Manager Rachel Ward has been Highly Commended in the Energy Champion category of the Energy Institute Awards 2016.
ISEP Awards 2016
London Met won the Gold Award in 2016 in a local award scheme recognising carbon reduction and wider environmental achievements in Islington’s business community.
Green Apple Awards 2015
The University received a Silver award in the Green Apple Environment Awards, an international campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.
Public Sector and Sustainability (PSS) Awards 2015 – Best Energy Management
In the 2015 PSS Awards, London Met won the Most Sustainable Public Sector Project – Best Energy Management award.