Kingston University adopts a holistic approach to sustainability, addressing environmental, ethical and social issues. We run a variety of campaigns to engage and support our staff and students to embed a culture of sustainability across our campuses.
Kingston University supports the call to make London a Sustainable Fish City. People are eating more fish than they used to, and a lot of it is being caught by destructive methods. The world is now seriously at risk of losing some species from our seas for ever. By signing the Sustainable Fish City pledge, we have promised to take the appropriate steps to buy sustainable seafood, to protect precious marine environments and fish stocks, and good fishing livelihoods. You can help too by changing the fish you buy. Find out more about the campaign and what you can do.
In the new 'Green Impact' accreditation scheme teams of staff and students are rewarded points for taking practical action to green their workplaces. The scheme recognises and rewards good practice and empowers staff and students to implement new and simple environmental office procedures. Green Impact also enables departments to benchmark their existing achievements and work to improve them year on year.
To create a team and check out the workbook visit: www.greenimpact.org.uk/kingston
London Cycle ChallengeJune/July
The Cycle Challenge is a free competition where teams from organisations across London compete to see who can cycle the most miles in a month. There are prizes for the best teams. It’s free to enter and is a great reason to hop on your bike.
A range of fun finger characters from Professor Albert Thumbstein to Caretaker Andy Withnail have been created to promote a serious message which it is hoped will raise awareness with staff and students across the University to take simple personal steps to save energy.
Every September, we hold our very own alternative Freshers' Fayre which encourages students to take part into green activites, hear about local green groups, meet the Sustainability Hub and ask any question they might have regarding sustainability.
In the run up to Christmas, all staff are invited and encouraged to don their “scariest” jumper for a day, and turn down the heating in an effort to spread a bit of winter cheer and reduce the University's energy bills. Their photos are entered into a competition and uploaded onto the Sustainability Hub's facebook page, where other members of staff and students vote for the scariest jumper! Started in 2011, we look forward to expanding the campaign in 2012.
The Student Switch-Off Campaign is an inter-hall competition to save energy and this year saw over 520 students sign up as Eco Power Rangers to carry out energy saving activities in Kingston’s halls of residence. The Student Switch Off Campaign monitors energy use and provides incentives such as Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parties and free tickets to local night spot Oceana to student residents who save the most energy.