Welcome to Greening Goldsmiths


I’m Richard Groves, Goldsmiths Energy & Environmental Manager.

I joined the college in December 2009, and have a wide ranging remit including reducing energy consumption, reducing waste, increasing recycling and other general “green” issues.

I’m keen to hear from you about:

  • Good things you’ve seen or heard about relating to energy or environmental issues that we could use here
  • Waste of resources around the campus
  • Anything else green related that you think might be of use

Our Space, Environment & Sustainability Officer is Nicola Hogan. Nicola joined the Estates and Facilities Department in October of 2012 after a short time with the I.T. department. Nicola's background is in environmental science and has worked in the area of "greening the campus" since 2006.   

We can both be contacted through the Estates and Facilities Department, or via email on

Thank you for your interest in helping to reduce our impact on the environment.

This page will link you to the various initiatives being carried out by Goldsmiths, as well giving tips and advice as to what you can do.


Green League Tables

The Green League Table, is the sustainability league table for the university tertiary education sector. Every university in the UK strives to improve on their previous years score.

The tables are a comprehensive and independent look at all aspects of environmental and ethical performance of an institution.
Categories such as environmental policy, number of environmental management staff, EMAS, ethical investments, carbon management plans, Fairtrade & procurement, sustainable and ethical food, staff & student engagement and sustainability for education and learning. 
The criterions and the weighting for each of the criterions change each year so  full marks in a section one year does not guarantee the same score the following year. This keeps the pressure on institutions to continually strive for an improvement in their performance, even if they’re top of the tables. Part of the anticipation of learning of your institutions score is seeing if other institutions have improved or slipped back.

In 2013 Goldsmiths rose 10 places of the tables going from a position of 110 to 100.
The improvement in score occurred as a result of a number of factors. They included the hiring of additional environmental staff, the creation of sustainable and ethical food policy, improved community engagement, and the awarding of certification of Fairtrade status, amongst others. For a more detailed breakdown of Goldsmiths 2013 GLT score, simply click on the following link. Goldsmiths are continually striving for an improvement in our sustainable performance. In order for this to happen cooperation from staff and students in environmental initiatives must occur. This includes participation by as many staff and students as possible in green schemes and projects such as Green Impact, Student Switch, Go Green Week, Do Nation etc. and in management led initiatives such as recycling, procurement, research and ESD etc.


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