Action areas

Reducing our environmental impact does not just come down to technology. We are just as responsible in how we use our buildings and what choices we make when we are in them.‌

Changing our behaviour can be a quick and cost effective way of saving energy, creating a positive change and reducing our impact on the environment. At London Metropolitan University we are looking at ways in which we can help people who want to be at the centre of positive change.

In this section, you will find many areas where you can help us make a difference. 

London Metropolitan University is proud of the actions we have taken to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% (2015-2016) based on a 2009 baseline. We have set a target to reduce our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 50% by 2020 and achived our target four years early. This target will be revised in 2017. 

To find out more about how we have achieved this reduction please watch our video:

To achieve our carbon reduction target we have published a Carbon management plan  which sets out projects we will undertake over the next few years.

The University has recently installed its first renewable energy with 221 photovolatic panels installed on the Science Centre.  This will produce enough electricity to run 14 houses, saving the University around £13,500 per annum.

 Solar panels, Science Centre

We have upgraded the availability of drinking water and have created maps annotated with the locations of drinking water. We have installed 18 new water fountains in Holloway Road campus in academic year 2016-17 and project was completed in January 2017.

In addition, all of our catering outlets owned by Chartwells (Goulston Street, Moorgate, Tower and Learning Centre) provide free drinking water. 

Holloway Road water map

Science Centre water map

Learning Centre water map

Moorgate water map

Calcutta House Water Map

To eliminate even more waste we have launched new London Met Travel Cups in our cafes - Moorgate, Blue Met and Learning Centre.

London Met cups are available for £3.50 each.

London Met Travel Cup

In 2015 we introduced new recycling bins and appointed a new waste contractor Paper Round to increase our recycling rate from 20% to 70%. None of the University’s waste goes to landfill. We have the following bins:

  • Dual bin Black & Green for general waste and mixed recycling 
  • Black - general waste
  • Blue – paper
  • Red – plastic bottles

New Bin PostersYou can now get recycled coffee grounds from all our outlets!

Please register your interest by emailing 

Coffee grounds are a great fertilizer and pest repellent, and you can also add it to your compost for a nitrogen rich boost. We will let you know when coffee grounds are ready for collection. You can bring your own bag or we can reuse one of our coffee bean bags.

19% of our carbon savings have come through ICT upgrades and improvements. We have worked hard to reduce our environmental impact through ICT usage and continue to look at new ways we can work.

Some of the projects we have implemented are:

  • Print centralisation programme – reducing number of printers from 2000 to 200
  • Use of “Follow me” printers so staff and students need to present ID card to print
  • Use FSC accredited paper
  • Installed new MRFs which have three levels of power saving – they learn the time of day people print so wake themselves up at this time
  • Recycle toner cartridges
  • Automatic shut down on PCs which is adjusted for term and recess time
  • PCs constructed locally in St Albans
  • Purchasing Energy Star compliant computers
  • Presence detectors on monitors
  • Working with delivery company to group computers to reduce amount of deliveries required

London Metropolitan University is committed creating a food system that benefits our community, food producers, and our environment. Chartwells is working with the vendors, and local farmers and suppliers to achieve real food that is produced through means that promote social justice and environmental sustainability. Here are some standards Chartwells are supporting by taking part in Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark. The Food for Life Catering Mark is an independent endorsement, backed by annual inspections, for food providers who are taking steps to improve the food they serve.

Our caterers meet the following standards:
  • Catering staff are supported with skills training in fresh food preparation and the Catering Mark.
  • All suppliers have been verified to ensure they apply appropriate food safety standards.
  • Information is on display about food provenance.
  • Menus are seasonal and in-season produce is highlighted.
  • Eggs are from free range hens.
  • Free drinking water is prominently available.
  • No genetically modified ingredients are used.
  • No undesirable additives or artificial trans fats are used.
  • At least 75% of dishes on the menu are freshly prepared (on site or at a local hub kitchen) from unprocessed ingredients.

Here are some tips for eating more sustainably while still enjoying healthy and delicious meals at our catering.

Go meatless

Production of meat, particularly beef, is extremely resource intensive. To reduce your environmental footprint, try incorporating some meatless meals into your diet.

All our meet and poultry is Red Tractor Assured and from farms which satisfy UK animal welfare standards.

Sustainable seafood

Overfishing and other harmful fishing practices have pushed many of the world’s fisheries to the brink of collapse. You can help protect aquatic ecosystems by selecting seafood that is caught or farmed responsibly. We now serve MSC certified fish and maximise use of fish on the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) ‘fish to eat’ list. No fish are served from the Marine Conservation Society ‘fish to avoid’ list.

Look for Fairtrade products

Catering are committed to increasing the use and sale of Fairtrade products and ingredients wherever possible. At the moment our catering outlets uses 55 Fairtrade products and will continue to be actively involved in raising awareness of Fairtrade.


We use biodegradable packaging and have implemented salad and breakfast bar stations as well as yogurt bar and are working to increase our recycling rates throughout next Academic year 2016/17.

Tip: You can get 30p off a cup of tea and coffee when you bring your own mug to one of our Costa outlets, or 10p off in any of our other outlets!

Food in The Junction

Cycle parking spaces are available in the following locations:

Tower Next to reception Cycle hoops
Tower Back of Enrico's Covered cycle shelter access via gate 8
Learning Centre/Science Centre Carpark between Science Centre & Learning Centre Covered cycle shelter, request access from Science Centre reception
Learning Centre Outside building Cycle hoops
Goulston Street/Old Castle Street Between Goulston Street and Old Castle Street Access via Goulston Street, request access from reception
Calcutta House Old Castle Street Onsite cycle hoops next to Calcutta House and Small Block
Moorgate Basement Lockers for folding bicycles. Request a key from Moorgate reception

If you would like to find more information about parking spaces around City campuses, please visit City of London bike parking map.

Using Santander bikes? Docking stations are close to Old Castle Street and Goulston Street.

The University runs regular free bike maintenance sessions during the term time. Dr Bike 12-2pm maintenance sessions 2017/18:

21 February, Calcutta House

27 February, Calcutta House

You can also find more information about cycling on our Facebook page London Met cycling and read our Cycling tips

Cycle Skills sessions

Everyone wo studies in the borough of Islington and Tower Hamlets can get a free cycle ckills training sessions! 

Islington Council cycle skills sessions

Tower Hamlets cycle skills sesions

Green spaces

Although within the University we are limited in our green spaces we try to make the most of what we have. We have restored the gardens at Old Castle Street to their original glory including Dublin Bay roses, ivy and crocuses. We have undertaken two projects at the Tower Courtyard. Estates staff undertook a “Big Dig” to plant a wildflower meadow to encourage insects, installed bird boxes and bee hotels. Staff and students also planted over 600 spring bulbs to brighten up the courtyard in spring.‌

In Holloway road campus Green Zone lounge patio has also been transformed in place where everyone can enjoy their break away from studies. Beautiful evergreen shrubs and variety of flowers were planted to brighten up the space.

A new and vibrant space – The Calcutta House rooftop garden!

The new garden on the roof of Calcutta House provides a unique space to relax and socialise. Meet your friends, have lunch, study or use it for group workshops – the garden is open until dusk and we invite all students to visit it!

We have planted various edible plants such as varieties of mint, rosemary, beans and salad.  We are looking to start a gardening club next spring. If you are interested, get in touch with the Sustainability Team by emailing us at and we will let you know how to get involved.

We also have a roof garden at the Holloway Road campus and if you would like to visit the garden and take a part in gardening club we would like to hear from you.  Last year we grew strawberries, beans, herbs, tomatoes, lettuce and raspberries. 

London Met bees

This year we have installed two beehives on top of the roof in our Holloway campus with 40,000 bees harvesting honey every day. Follow us @GreenLondonMet to receive updates and read our news story to find out more about this project. 

You can also watch bees live online.

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