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Sustainability Champions

At the University of Kent our Sustainability Champions are a vital part of our delivery of sustainability actions, driving change and improvements in the departments and teams. Since 2010 the Sustainability Champions Network, which covers the Canterbury and Medway campuses, have delivered thousands of actions and ideas to improve sustainability at Kent.  

A Sustainability Champion is, “An individual who seeks to lead change in an organisation to transform that organisation into a smarter, more successful, and more sustainable enterprise. This individual may exist at any level within an organisation and in any type of organisation, from the Chief Executive Officer to administrative assistant, from Mayor to city staffer, from university president to student leader.” The Sustainability Dictionary

Sustainability Champions are staff volunteers that join a network of people working to advocate for sustainability at Kent. They support local delivery of sustainability actions that help their department or the University more broadly in meeting it’s Sustainability ambitions and objectives.

Champions also play a vital role in identifying where we could be doing more and supporting solutions to make these things happen.

Recruitment for new Champions is open so if you would like to know more about the role and what it entails please take a look at the role description and sign up form in the menu on the right. You can also contact the Sustainbility Team to chat about the role in more detail.

If you don't know your local champion please get in touch with the Sustainbility Team for more information.

Picture of Lynne Regan, Sustainability Champion

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Lynne Regan, Sustainability Champion

What does a Sustainability Champion do?

 1. Distribute key sustainability resources and information to their department from the sustainability team. 

 2. Coordinate the department’s actions taken embedding the Sustainable Development Goals into its activities. 

3. Promote sustainability to colleagues and where applicable students.

4. Engage with the Sustainability Champions Network. 

5. Report progress from your department by writing case studies, blogs and taking pictures of activities.

6. Attend workshops and celebration events. 

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