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Sustainability Essentials

What do we mean by 'sustainability'? 

When we say ‘sustainability’ we mean – embracing development and the use of resources that meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations to meet their own needs. It’s about having a positive impact on people and the environment, both at a local and global scale.

Why is it important at Birkbeck?  

With a 13,500 student / staff population spread across 11 central London buildings, we collectively have a significant impact on our surrounding environment through our day to day activities.

 

In 2023 we will be marking the 200th anniversary of Birkbeck's foundation, and we want to ensure it flourishes for another 200 and beyond! But to do that we need everyone’s support. We all have a responsibility to play our part in developing a sustainable institution, whether it’s through; how we travel, the energy we use, the waste we generate, what we buy, what we share, what we learn, and what we teach.

Here are 5 quick sustainability information links to get you started 

SAVING ENERGY

The School purchases its electricity from 100% renewable sources, but we still need to reduce our energy use overall. 

 

See how you can be more energy efficient whilst at BBK. 

 

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WASTE, RECYCLING, AND REUSE

General waste? Recycling? Food waste? Clinical waste? Hazardous waste? Can I reuse my unwanted items?

 

Find out how you can make the right decision at BBK.

 

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SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL BENEFITS

We are lucky that our central London locations are easily accessible via public transport and active travel

See some of the financial and health benefits you can receive.

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PURCHASING SUSTAINABLY

What and where you choose to purchase something can have a significant impact on waste, energy use, and have ethical considerations

See some handy tips on our purchasing page. 

 

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LEARN MORE

There's lots more ways to get in involved with sustainability at Birkbeck!

From the joining the Enviro Soc society, to buying a KeepCup and reusable bottle, and seeing how you can be more sustainable in the lab - check out our other pages for more information. 

 

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