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Find out more about Green Imperial, who is involved and how you can be part of it.


What is Greening Imperial?

Greening Imperial is an initiative designed to understand and improve how Imperial College London implements sustainability and action on climate change. This is an all-encompassing intiative, looking at everything from how it operates as a campus to how it supports policy makers with environmental challenges. The aim is to deliver evidence that will inform a new College-wide strategy on sustainability and action on climate change, and provide a set of feasible recommendations to help the College in the short term.

Considering how the College community can be part of this strategy is critical to its scoping, delivery and, ultimately, its success. Over the coming months, all students and staff will be able to engage on this topic as part of our consultations. Please see ‘How can I get involved?’ for further details.

What will Greening Imperial deliver?

  • A shift in awareness and attitude towards sustainability and action on climate change at Imperial College London
  • A series of recommendations that will enhance environmental resilience and help incorporate sustainability in all areas of Imperial engagements
  • A framework to understand, enact and sustain behaviour change with relation to the College’s waste streams
  • A means of benchmarking Imperial’s performance against peers 

Who is involved?

A steering group is overseeing the delivery of Greening Imperial. It includes members drawn from a cross departmental and community pool.

Daniel Hdidouan – Centre for Environmental Policy
Alyssa Gilbert – Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment
Professor Joanna Haigh [Chair] – Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment
Professor Geoffrey Maitland [Chair] – Department of Chemical Engineering
Sara Muir – Head of Building Operations, Estates
Professor Richard Templer – Department of Chemistry & Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment
Dr Neil Jennings – Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment
Dr Celia Carling – Centre for Environmental Policy
Dr Iain Staffell – Centre for Environmental Policy
Rachel Blythe – Imperial College Union
Matt Blackett – Imperial College Union

How can I get involved?

If you have any thoughts or suggestions you would like to share, please email the Greening Imperial team – Greening.Imperial@imperial.ac.uk.

Students interested in Greening Imperial should consider joining the Imperial College Environmental Society for a range of sustainability activities including campaigns on waste reduction, low-carbon diets, reducing the impact of the fashion industry and a food Co-op!

What did the survey cover?

The four main areas for improvement on sustainability and action on climate change within Imperial are: 

  • Operations and actions
  • Education and teaching
  • Research and innovations
  • Communication and collaboration

The survey covered these points, helping us to better understand what Imperial is doing in terms of sustainability and action on climate change, and what Imperial might be able to do in the future. 

The Greening Imperial report is available to read here: Greening Imperial - A Call for Action

The Greening Imperial paper we submitted to the Provost's Board is available to read here: Provost's Board Paper Greening Imperial