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Highlights and headlines from the last 12 months of sustainability activity at Kent. Including projects, initiatives, news stories and data from across the university.
The University of Kent is exploring a strategic partnership with Siemens to work in collaboration to achieve our net zero targets. This partnership is underpinned by the opportunity to develop apprenticeships, further research and develop the culture of a whole-university approach to net zero. The partnership will help the University to achieve its net zero goals through phased workstreams to achieve our overall and interim net zero targets. Work will focus across 3 main areas:
All of us have the right to healthy and affordable food. Being able to eat regular, fresh and nutritious meals each day is fundamental to our health and wellbeing.
Working in partnership with The Food Foundation, the University will adopt measures to protect its students and staff from food insecurity and achieve its four missions:
1: Putting the Right to Food on the World Stage
2: Transforming Food Systems through teaching and research
3: Tackling food insecurity, while promoting a healthy and sustainable food community at the University
4: Addressing food inequality in our region
An extraordinary collaboration between the University and East Kent Mind supporting students, staff and community members to work collaboratively on growing sustainable food and engaging with nature to support good mental health. This year the garden has expanded its growing space, seen a large rise in its number of volunteers and been used as a living lab site for the School of Architecture.
Participant Wadana Khan said that the online course offered:
“a great way of delving into the importance and significance of the UN SDGs and comprehending its practical application. Focusing on one SDG truly allowed me to critically explore and analyse it, whereby figuring out practical solutions enhanced my pragmatism. The skills I acquired from this course will tremendously benefit me when thinking critically about events and during group work.”
The course was followed by a workshop allowing students to engage with staff that could support students to turn their ideas into a reality.
Led by students from the School of Anthropology and Conservation, the BioBlitz is an annual event that captures a snapshot of the species diversity on our Canterbury campus in a 24 hour period. The BioBlitz carries out bird, amphibian, moth, small mammal surveys and much more! In 2022 408 people took part from the University and local community.
Now entering its 3rd year, the BioBlitz promises to be bigger and better, taking place on May 20th.
Sustainability Champion for the School of Engineering, Jason Morris, has been working in collaboration with local company SECWorks Group to find a use for their perspex offcuts.
Students are able to use the offcuts to practice their techniques before cutting into larger sheets. This has reduced waste within the department as well as supporting SECWorks Groups to reduce their waste.