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Professor Simon Kemp to deliver 2022 Drapers' Lecture
10 June 2022

Professor Simon Kemp from the University of Southampton will deliver this year's Drapers' Lecture on Tuesday 30 June 2022 at 5.00pm, speaking on Engaging students in sustainability: how the UN Sustainable Development Goals can lead to curriculum transformation, community partnership and student success  

AUDE - London & South East Regional Meeting: The Road to Net Zero
1 June 2022

The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) AUDE is delighted to be working with business partner SSE Energy Solutions to deliver a free event at its London South East Regional Meeting titled: The Road to Net Zero.

Road to Net Zero: Heat Decarbonisation Plan 2022
24 May 2022

We are aware that climate change is one the major challenges facing humanity. Therefore, we are committed to play our part by reducing our carbon footprint as well as continue to improve our environmental performance. Our Heat Decarbonisation Plan (HDP) is currently one of the frameworks on which we intend to deliver our net zero ambition.

Water Saving Week: 23 – 27 May 2022
16 May 2022

We are aware of the overwhelming evidences of how climate change is affecting the ability of people across the world to access good quality and drinkable water. Our participation in the 2022 Water Saving Week is aligned with our commitment to respond to the current climate crisis. Click on the article to read more!

Plates on a table Reuse Scheme Collections
19 April 2022

Give It, Don’t Bin It with Queen Mary’s Reuse Scheme

A flask made of grass on a wooden bench Queen Mary Laboratories reduce environmental impacts through LEAF
18 March 2022

The first cohort of teams in Queen Mary’s Green Labs programme - LEAF celebrate their achievements.

A green leaf on a white background above text reading Green Mary Green Mary Sustainability Fund: 2021/22
17 March 2022

Find out more about the student and staff projects supported by the Green Mary Sustainability Fund in 2021/22.

New Secure Bicycle Storage at Mile End Campus
16 March 2022

Register for access to free secure cycle storage available to staff and students at Mile End campus. 

Global Recycling Day
9 March 2022

The Sustainability team at Queen Mary is partnering with Bywaters (Queen Mary's waste collection service contractor) and the new Zero Waste Shop to bring you an interactive event to learn all about recycling, and how we can help the environment.

Climate Crisis: Let Us Segregate Waste & Recycle
9 March 2022

As part of our commitment to addressing current environmental issues, we are working towards increasing the proportion of recyclable materials collected across our campuses to 50% by 2030. Find out how this affects and involves you.

sustainable goals image Sustainable Development Module: Reviews & Results
2 March 2022

We are currently offering all Queen Mary students a free optional module on sustainable development. Find out more about the course.

Green Week 2022 Highlights
22 February 2022

Green Week is a student led initiative, find out more about this year’s activities which took place 14-18 February

Free Bike Maintenance Drop-ins
11 February 2022

The Sustainability Team are offering free bike maintenance from the Dr Bike pop-up workshop on 24 and 25 February 2022

Mile End Canal Queen Mary ‘Living Laboratory for Sustainability’ Workshop
10 February 2022

Join us for a virtual workshop to explore the scope of a Living Laboratory at Queen Mary 

Decorative image with text reading Green Week Green Week 2022
8 February 2022

Green Week will be taking place in-person and online 14-18 February

A green leaf on a white background above text reading Green Mary Green Mary Sustainability Fund: 2021/22
28 January 2022

Passionate about sustainability? You can now apply to the new Green Mary Sustainability Fund and receive up to £500 for your project.

A green computer chip on a white table New project explores campus-based research into air quality and climate change through ‘Living Lab'
24 January 2022

A multidisciplinary Queen Mary team has received support from the Westfield Fund to demonstrate innovative opportunities to enhance the student learning on sustainability through campus-embedded research.

Donations Raise £11,000 for British Heart Foundation
7 January 2022

Donations from staff and students avoid waste and support vital research

Lightbulb on grass Climate Crisis: Let Us Stop Wasting Energy
7 December 2021

Get involved with our campaign to cut energy wastage across Queen Mary campuses

Cans Bow Foodbank Winter Appeal
1 December 2021

Students involved in the Green Mary Sustainability Group are collecting food & toiletry donations, raising money and promoting volunteering to support local Bow Foodbank

Fruit and Vegetables Sustainable Food Research on Campus
25 November 2021

Find out more about the sustainable food project which has been taking place in The Curve Restaurant this semester. 

Decorative image Queen Mary joins Tower Hamlets partnership towards a Net Zero Carbon borough
17 November 2021

Together, Queen Mary, Tower Hamlets Council and partners are joining forces to achieve net zero carbon by 2045 or sooner through the Net Zero Carbon Partnership Action Plan.

EcoCampus Logo Upcoming Sustainability Training Opportunities
15 November 2021

Expand your knowledge with sustainability training courses open to staff and PhD students.

Sustainability Week 2021 Highlights
25 October 2021

Sustainability Week 2021 took place 18-21 October in the run up to the COP26 Climate Negotiations in Glasgow

Students planting seedlings into raised beds Campus Allotments Come Alive
20 October 2021

Students and staff have been bringing nature to campus in the Green Mary Garden, 3rd year Physical Geography student Ayah Khan tells us more.

Students with litter pickers next to the Regent's Canal Canal Clean-Ups Help Local Wildlife
18 October 2021

Hear from 1st Year Biomedical Sciences student Sam Jarada how students have been helping to maintain our local waterways.

Three men stand in front of a newly planted tree Queen Mary Helps Preserve one of Britain's Rarest Trees
20 August 2021

Queen Mary University of London President and Principal Colin Bailey has taken part in planting a Black Poplar – one of Britain’s rarest trees – on the University’s Mile End campus.

An image showing bedding, crockery and electrical items arranged on tables at the September 2021 Reuse Fair Reuse Scheme 2021
19 August 2021

Thousands of items will be given a new home and reused as part of this semester's Reuse Fair. Find out more about getting involved.

EcoCampus Gold Full Size Queen Mary Achieved EcoCampus EMS Gold Certificate
13 August 2021

Queen Mary, University of London has continued to implement initiatives and processes to ensure that it is appropriately responding to all current and emerging risks as well as optimising opportunities to deliver good environmental outcomes.

A turtle swimming in the Regent's Canal Follow our Sustainability Social Media
6 August 2021

For the latest updates on what we're doing and how you can get involved follow @QMULSustain on Instagram and Facebook.

Clean Air Day 2021 Logo FREE Bike Maintenance & Advice - 17-18 June 2021
14 June 2021

As part of our commitment to contribute to reducing air pollution and its associated health consequences we will be hosting FREE Cycle Maintenance and Advice events across our campuses for Staff and Students.

World Environment Day 2021 logo World Environment Day 2021
17 May 2021

The Black Poplar is Britain’s rarest native timber tree and there are currently a handful of mature Black Poplars across the Borough of Tower Hamlets. These trees are also among priority species across London. 

Earth Day 2021 logo Earth Day 2021
21 April 2021

The 50th Earth Day will be celebrated across the world on Thursday 22 April 2021. The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Restore the Earth”. Therefore, we are using this opportunity to remind everyone that every effort aimed at reducing our environmental and carbon footprint will invariably prevent the degradation of environment as well as mitigate disasters associated with climate change.

EcoCampus Silver award logo Queen Mary awarded EcoCampus EMS Silver Certification
21 April 2021

We are proud to announce that Queen Mary has successfully achieved the EcoCampus Environmental Management System (EMS) Silver Certification Award after a full-day external environmental audit conducted on 1 April 2021. Attaining this award is one of our commitments to continue to improve our environmental performance and embed good environmental practices across all areas of our operation.


7 April 2021

It is that time of the year again that we all look forward to celebrating Easter with our friends, families, and loved ones, which means that our campuses would become less active.
See how this affects and involves you.

Bronze Hedgehog Friendly Campus Award Helping Hedgehogs on Campus
12 March 2021

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve achieved the Bronze Hedgehog Friendly Campus accreditation 

Sustainability working for a greener University logo Staff Environmental Sustainability Champions- Get Involved
2 March 2021

Find out about getting involved as a Staff Environmental Sustainability Champion

View of the Maths Building from Mile End Road Maths Building Shortlisted for BREEAM Awards 2021
17 February 2021

The Maths Transformation Project has been shortlisted for the BREEAM Awards 2021 which recognise the people, projects and organisations that are leading the way with significant achievements in sustainable building design, development and management.

EcoCampus Bronze Logo Queen Mary Achieves EcoCampus Bronze award
25 January 2021

We are proud to announce that Queen Mary has been awarded the EcoCampus Bronze award, an independently accredited certification recognising the University’s work towards achieving an international standard of good practice in environmental management.

Students at Bow Foodbank Students Launch Bow Foodbank Appeal
8 December 2020

Students involved in the Green Mary Sustainability Group have been collecting food & toiletry donations, raising money and promoting volunteering to support local Bow Foodbank

Students planting an orchard Campus Orchard Planting Begins
6 December 2020

Queen Mary students and staff have begun an orchard project to bring more nature to our Mile End Campus

Should Trees Have Standing
13 November 2020

The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre is proud to mark the Second Global Annual Day of Action for Climate Change by hosting an online Panel Discussion on the topic of the Rights of Nature.

image of a handbag Collaborating with SMEs to develop sustainable fashion
21 July 2020

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London’s School of Engineering and Materials Science are working with a multi-award winning accessories brand to drive forward sustainable innovation within the fashion industry.

Nursery Children Discover the Natural World at University Allotment
29 May 2020

Children at Queen Mary's Westfield Nursery have been discovering the natural world thanks to an allotment patch in the Green Mary Garden on our Mile End Campus.

Food From Student Halls Donated to A Plate for London Initiative
29 April 2020

Non-perishable food items left by students in residences on campus have found a new home and been donated to A Plate For London.

Global Day of Action for Climate Justice
6 December 2019

Legal Advice Centre takes part in the Student Law Clinics' Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

Get Involved in Sustainability at QMUL

There are plenty of ways for you, as a staff or student, to make your mark in sustainability at QMUL. Find out more about the opportunities available.     

Get Involved

If you could not find the information you are looking for, or if you have a specific question for the QMUL Sustainability team, please get in touch by email sustainability@qmul.ac.uk

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