Seedlings in the graduate vegetable garden
King's has formalised its commitment to the environment by publishing an Environmental Policy. The policy outlines a management structure to implement best practices to protect the environment. These practices include:
- Reducing waste by decreasing consumption, repairing, re-using and recycling
- Reducing energy consumption
- Minimising travel undertaken for business purposes and encouraging the use of public transport and cycling
- Buying goods and services to minimise adverse environmental effects, such as avoiding use of any hazardous substances
For details see the Environmental Policy page.
The Policy is the latest in a series of environmental initiatives the college has committed itself to. The college already uses local contractors, takes care that the contractors source their materials responsibly, and has extensive recycling facilities. It also avoids using substances harmful to the environment, like bleach and solvents, during cleaning and maintenance work. The catering department sources food locally wherever possible and has its own Green initiative.
Students are actively involved in the green initiatives, too. The graduates already have a vegetable garden and plans are afoot to provide undergraduates with their own garden to grow food.