Encouraging people to focus on climate and sustainability in the midst of a pandemic is a task and a half. Sustainability Manager at the University of London, Matt Wilkinson had a full plate even with an empty campus. He shares how his team keeps the university on track with their sustainabilty agenda of zero carbon, waste management and encouraging positive environmental behaviour among faculty, students and clients.
Matt’s account gives us useful insight into the wider sustainability portfolio of tertiary institutions. We learnt some of the effective actions which helped the university slashed emissions and smashed targets.
Listen how University of London are taking steps to:
- Enhance biodiversity in central London
- Improve access and inclusivity in green spaces
- Reduce the Juice – A behaviour change initiative promoting sustainable actions among students even in the virtual realm.
About The Guest
Matt leads the Sustainability Team and is responsible for the development and implementation of the University of London’s sustainability and carbon reduction strategies. He works with teams right across the organisation to ensure the University’s buildings and operations are as sustainable as possible. A key focus of his work is driving down the University’s carbon emissions toward the ambitious target of achieving net zero carbon by 2036. He has also begun to expand the Sustainability Team’s work beyond environmental sustainability, looking into the social value the University offers to the local area through its operations, developments and procurement processes.