Sustainability Fortnight: 19 February - 1 March 2024
Imperial College London’s Sustainability Fortnight will take place from 19 February - 1 March 2024!
Over the two weeks, staff and students will have the opportunity to join in exciting workshops and interactive events, and hear from researchers about their work on the transition to zero pollution and find out what Imperial is doing to reduce its own environmental impacts and how to get involved.
Organised by the central Sustainability team, Imperial College Union and the Global Challenge Institutes, this year’s Sustainability Fortnight centres on the themes of Climate Action & Justice, Sustainable Campus, Consumption and Impacts on Climate.
Highlights include climate cafes, clothes swap sessions, lab sustainability workshops, a panel discussion on the links between climate change and mental health, and a Sustainability Fair on the South Kensington campus.
Check out our programme of events (continuously updated) and sign-up to attend via the links below!
Sustainability Fortnight programme
Climate action & justice | Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 February
Monday 19 February
17:30 - 18:30 | South Kensington and online
This year's Frontiers in Natural Sciences: Dean's Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jim Skea.
Following COP28, it is evident that science needs to step up, and is expected to step up, to supply the evidence base for ambitious climate action. Based on the latest IPCC reports, this talk will set out what is currently known under three headings: urgency, agency and equity.
Tuesday 20 February
11:00 - 12:00 | Sherfield Level 5 SALC 6, South Kensington
If you’re interested in experiencing the forgotten power of imagination to accelerate our transformation towards sustainability, join us! Cognitive science shows that there are two key circuits in the brain, one of them involved in linear, strategic and rational thinking, the other comes online in daydreaming, imagining and unbounded exploration. Join us for a session where we open up the space for creativity, innovation and powerful action through the power of collective imagination!
16:30 - 17:30 | online
In collaboration with Queen Mary University's Climate Action Week, we bring together a panel of speakers ranging from industry leaders to recent graduates to help empower students to be smart and creative in balancing their values and desire to make a difference with their financial needs and life goals.
Theme free | Wednesday 21 February
10:00 - 18:00 | South Kensington and online
For the first time, the London Student Sustainability Conference (LSSC24) will be hosted at Imperial College London. LSSC24 welcomes students, staff, professionals, and members of the public to the sixth year of the conference. LSSC24 has always been student-led, with research and projects being exhibited through presentations, posters, and workshops. LSSC24 offers attendees the opportunity to find out more about the incredible climate and sustainability work and research being undertaken by students across the city of London.
Paper Upcycling Workshop
14:00 - 16:00 | CAGB 651, South Kensington
Come along to our environmental origami session and learn how to upcycle your scrap paper into beautiful bookmarks, boxes, and decorations! Bring your old study notes, newspapers, and scrap paper to turn into fun folded designs!
14:30 - 16:00 | Summer Dining Room, adjacent to Refectory, Silwood Park
Climate cafés are spaces to host discussions about the climate crisis, our emotions and the actions we need to create change. By coming together as a community we can find solace in shared experiences, learn from different perspectives, foster resilience and inspire action. Refreshments provided.
Sustainable campus | Thursday 22 & Friday 23 February
Thursday 22 February
11:00 - 11:45 | White City
How is Imperial managing and enhancing environmental and social issues in the construction of our new campus at White City?
Come learn from the staff team building the new campus about how we work with our design and construction supply chain to go beyond regulations towards net zero. Learn about our targets and our processes across goals such as climate resilience, biodiversity enhancement, and healthy internal environments.
12:00 - 13:00 | online
What is the College doing on sustainability and how can you get involved?
Hear from the Academic Leader for Sustainability (Tim Green) and Sustainability Strategy Director (Harriet Wallace) followed by Q&A. This session will cover Imperial’s sustainability priorities, where our biggest environmental impacts lie, and the practical steps needed to reduce our carbon footprint.
13:30 - 15:30 | online
Goal mapping is both a creative & logical tool that can be applied to any type of goal setting. In this session we focus on ‘doing’ goals around living more sustainably and ‘being’ goals to build personal resilience.
This online workshop uses the free Goal Mapping Tool to create your personal map to use and develop as you progress towards your goals.
Friday 23 February
11:00 - 12:00 | SAF 119, South Kensington
Transform your department to become more environmentally responsible and reduce your carbon footprint by taking part in Green Impact.
Green Impact, the United Nations award-winning programme designed to support environmentally, and socially sustainable practice is being launched this February at Imperial. Hear from the project manager at Green Impact on how to get involved.
ESE Clothing Exchange
12:00 - 14:00 | Room G41, Royal School of Mines
Thank you everyone who donated to ESE’s Clothing Drive in January! We will be displaying all the donations during the Exchange session and everyone is free to attend and give these new clothes a home for free! Priority will be given to those who donated in previous Donation sessions in January. This event is organised by the Department of Earth Science and Engineering's Sustainability Committee.
13:00 - 14:00 | SALC 7, Sherfield Level 5 South Kensington)
Come together with friends and colleagues to learn and discuss about the ongoing environmental and social crises. We are creating an honest and safe space for us learn with humility and vulnerability. After understanding what is exactly happening and why, we will be reflecting on how it affects us all, and what we should do to turn things around. This is not all doom and gloom, and we are here to empower everyone to make a difference around them, starting at Imperial.
14:00 - 16:30 | SALC 10, Sherfield Level 5 South Kensington
Join us for a hands-on, educational, creative workshop on water sustainability. In this workshop, you will learn about the chemistry of your own water (bring a water sample of your own if you want!*) and what water sustainability can mean to our health and environment.
There will be opportunities for discussions and Q&As with researchers in the field of water pollution, as well as brainstorming ideas of how community engagement can help towards a more sustainable future.
*If you want to test your own water, bring a small sample in a plastic bottle. It could be from your local river or the tap in your kitchen!
Consumption | Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 February
Monday 26 February
10:00 - 17:00 | Metric, South Kensington
Bring along items you no longer want (in decent condition please) and take home something else in return! The perfect opportunity to stock up on clothes and other things without cost to your wallet or the environment.
There will be opportunity to drop off items before the event (date/time tbc). For any queries contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 27 February
Sherfield 11:00 - 15:00, Metric 12:00 - 18:00
If you’re interested to learn more about living sustainably then you’ll want to visit our Sustainability Fair!
This event will be your chance to meet the groups and societies who are championing sustainability at Imperial and learn from them and others, how you can make small changes in your everyday life to be more sustainable.
No need to book – just come along and visit on Tuesday 27 February from Concourse Level 1 in the Sherfield building and in Metric.
13:00 - 14:00 | SALC 5 Sherfield Level 5, South Kensington
Taking place in Sherfield Level 5, SALC 5. You are what you eat! Embark on a transformative Mindful Lunch, where we invite you to appreciate the beauty of your meal while reflecting on its journey to your plate. Engage all your senses—appreciate the vibrant colours, inhale the aromas, and feel the textures, fostering a profound connection to your food. Elevate your daily meals, savouring each bite with gratitude for a richer experience that everyone can enjoy!
Theme free | Wednesday 28 February
10:30 - 12:00 (3x 30 mins sessions) | Grantham Institute, Boardroom, South Kensington
Climate cafés are spaces to host discussions about the climate crisis, our emotions and the actions we need to create change. By coming together as a community we can find solace in shared experiences, learn from different perspectives, foster resilience and inspire action.
Optional sign up form or just turn up at 10:30, 11:00 or 11:30.
ESE Sustainability-themed Careers Day
12:00 - 16:00 | Room 147, Royal School of Mines
Secret Gardening Planting
14:00 - 16:00 | South Kensington
Come and visit Environmental society’s Secret Garden, a peaceful haven amidst the bustle of the Imperial College campus. Nestled within a private garden, it’s where we keep our bees and plant our vegetables. Staff and students are welcome, join us and meet some like-minded people!
We will be meeting you at 14:00 outside the Centre for Environmental Policy, Weeks Building in Prince’s Gardens, South Kensington Campus.
16:30 - 18:30 | Room 201, Skempton Building South Kensington
Are you interested in using your skills to help build a greener, fairer future? Hosted by Energy Futures Lab, hear from Imperial alumni who have built their careers in sustainable energy. Our panel will be sharing their insights and experience of working in a wide range of roles as well as their advice for current students wishing to take their first steps towards a rewarding and meaningful career. The event is open to students of all faculties and departments at Imperial and will be followed by a networking reception from 5:30-6:30pm.
16:00 - 17:00 | Skempton 427, South Kensington
We will be discussing 'Natural Capital - myth or reality?' with speakers: Thanos Paschalis, Chris Wilson (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Alex Collins (Centre for Environmental Policy), as part of a new series of events from the Transition to Zero Pollution initiative's Urban Ecosystems theme. The talks will be followed by discussion over drinks and snacks.
Impacts on climate | Thursday 29 February & Friday 1 March
Thursday 29 February
The links between climate change and mental health: What do we know and what needs to be done about it?
12:00 - 13:00 | Grantham Institute Boardroom and online
Climate change impacts not only physical health but also mental health. This session will summarise the evidence, how researchers are unpacking how people are feeling and support solutions that benefit climate and mental health together, and how we can all take mentally and emotionally sustainable action towards a future that centres wellbeing.
13:00 - 14:30 | SAF 119, South Kensington
Want to make your lab more sustainable but not sure where to start? Meet likeminded colleagues and find out how to get your lab certified with LEAF or My Green Lab. Hear from certified Bronze and Gold Imperial College Labs on the practical steps to improve sustainability within your lab and reduce your carbon footprint. Lunch will be provided.
Friday 1 March
Time 18:00 - 20:00 | FLOW G.47, South Kensington
Come along for ESoc’s Beeswax arts and crafts workshop in collaboration with BioSoc and BioChemSoc! The session will involve making lip balm and food wraps from beeswax!
Beyond the Sustainability Fortnight: Reflection, Connection and Imagination for Imperial's Sustainability Transformation
14:00 - 16:00 | SALC 6 Sherfield Level 5, South Kensington
Reflecting on the experiences from Sustainability Fortnight, Imperial+ are hosting a collaborative workshop to explore the power of widespread collaboration at Imperial, its potential and the value in experimenting.