Since the summer of 2018 Greening Imperial has achieved the following:
- Removal of single-use plastic glasses from catering outlet water stations – saving up to 850,000 cups/year (from 1 Oct 2018).
- Introduction of ‘bring your own container’ for hot, portioned takeaways from all Campus Services catering outlets (from 1 Nov 2018).
- Introduction of a 15p levy for every hot drink served in disposable coffee cups (from 5 Nov 2018). This charge is being introduced to reduce the 2,750 single-use disposable cups being used across our campuses daily.
- Replacement of single-use plastic cutlery with FSC-certified reusable wooden cutlery.
- Monthly visits for students and staff to the Environment Society allotment (last Tuesday of the month – join us by e-mailing us email@example.com).
The following are being discussed as potential future changes:
- Introducing Meat Free Mondays – this is likely to be introduced across all campuses from Jan 2019. Details TBC.
- Increasing the amount of green space on our campuses.
- Increasing the number of water stations across our campuses.
- Increasing the amount of bike parking – bike racks at the Centre for Environmental Policy are currently being investigated.
- Participation of a small number of laboratories in a pilot of the Laboratory Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF).
- Buying electricity from renewable sources.
- Participation in the National Union of Students Sustainable Development Goals Teach-In (18-22 Feb).
- Investigating the Imperial carbon footprint from aviation and options for incentivising rail travel and offsetting.