Sustainability Steering Group

The SSG exists to provide directional guidance on delivering the requirements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Education Accord signed by Karen Cox in February 2018.

Functions of the group

  • Oversee and provide directional guidance on Kent’s Sustainability Strategy and its implementation across the University
  • To review and endorse the findings of the Environmental Management System Management Review and agreeing or specifying actions arising.
  • Monitor progress and provide guidance in the delivery of the Sustainability Strategy, including progress against targets and objectives.
  • To develop and support working groups to deliver against targets and objectives
  • Act as ambassadors for embedding Sustainability across Kent’s Divisions, Departments and realm of wider influence
  • Ensure that sustainability risks and opportunities are identified relevant to the context of the organisation and incorporated into strategic decision-making.

Terms of Reference


Chair – Richard Reece (DVC Education and Student Experience)

  • Student Union Officer
  • Corporate Comms Representative
  • Sustainability Team Representative
  • Marketing Representative
  • SHE Unit Representative
  • Estates Representatives (*2)
  • Commercial Services Representative
  • Procurement Representative
  • Sustainability Engagement Representative
  • Internationalisation Representative
  • Innovation Representative 
  • Student Sustainability Network Chair 
  • Academic/School Sustainability Lead
  • Academic Representative 
  • Research representative


Meetings will be held at least quarterly and be chaired by the DVC Education and Student Experience. Meetings will be minuted and an action list produced for all the members following each meeting.

Reporting structure

The Sustainability Steering Group will report to EG or to the relevant board(s) through the DVC Education and Student Experience.


The steering group will receive reports directly from the Environmental Management System (EMS) Review Team

Reports from the following sub-groups will also be received via the EMS review team

  • Operational Sustainability Team
  • Education for Sustainability Working group
  • Futureproof sustainability champions network
  • Sustainable Food Steering group

For more information or other queries relating to the Sustainability Steering Group, please contact Catherine Morris (Environmental Adviser) on

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