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At St George’s, University of London, we are fully aware of our overall responsibility to preserve and protect the environment from the impact and effect of our processes and activities.

Through our teaching and research, we are committed to encouraging staff, students and the wider community to reduce their impact on the environment. We are absolutely dedicated to complying with all relevant environmental legislation, approved code of practice and guidance to continuously improve our environmental performance.

This page provides information on the relevant policies, procedures, guidance and forms in relation to the environment and sustainability.

What can you do to help?

One area where everyone can help is to reduce waste production:

  • reduce

  • reuse

  • recycle.

In the last six months St George's generated 246,706 kilograms of waste. This equates to:

  • 45 African bull elephants

  • 17 London buses.

Of this, St George's managed to recycle 32%, and year on year we are improving! We also recycle more waste than many of our peers.

Percentage of general waste that is recycled

 

2004/052005/062006/07

Kingston University

65.3%

9.3%

10.3%

Queen Mary

 

 

17.7%

The Royal Veterinary College

 

100.0%

32.9%

St George's8.7%11.9%27.5%

The School of Pharmacy

12.5%

6.0%

6.0%

The University of Surrey

35.0%

17.5%

27.5%

Tips for being green at St George's 

  • Turning off all unnecessary lights and air conditioning, especially in unused offices and conference rooms and at the end of each day.

  • Lower your office’s carbon footprint by setting computers, monitors, printers, copiers, speakers and other business equipment to their energy saving feature and turning them off at the end of the day.

  • Do you have a morning hot drink routine? Using a washable mug is an environmentally-friendly alternative to non-biodegradable styrofoam or plastic cups.

  • Radical as it may seem, in today’s “the easier the better” society, the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is by avoiding driving altogether. Power down and instead try biking, walking, car sharing, public transport or an occasional telecommute. St George's, University of London currently offers secure bicycle storage at a number of locations across the site.

Cycling to work

Fancy cycling to work but don’t own a bike, tired of waiting for Tubes and buses, this could be the answer to your prayers.

The London Assembly, in partnership with Barclays Bank, have recently introduced a cycle hire scheme with safe routes across London (blue tarmac roads) and have plans to introduce several more in the near future. The nearest one to the university practically goes past our door!

Read Transport for London's guide to cycling around the city. 

 

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