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 7,500 student / staff population spread across 5 central London buildings, we collectively have a significant impact on our surrounding environment through our day to day activities.
SOAS is celebrating its 103rd birthday this year and we want to ensure it flourishes for another century 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's lots more ways to get in involved with sustainability at SOAS!
From improving the sustainability of your office, to buying a KeepCup and reusable bottle - check out our other pages for more information.