Join a Group
The Students' Union helps support several student groups with a focus on sustainability. Our groups aim to improve sustainability on campus and beyond, follow the links below to get involved.
Environmental Society - provides an opportunity for students to be proactive on campus by raising awareness about current environmental issues and to instill a sense of responsibility and commitment in the university's administration to make environmentally-conscious decisions.
Sustain@BL - raises awareness of environmental issues and educates students and staff on how to make more sustainable choices and integrate more into the local community to create long-lasting positive relationships between Barts and The London and its surroundings.
Green Mary - plans and delivers campaigns, events and initiatives to engage students in sustainability and tackle sustainability issues. Recently their work has focussed on single-use plastic, fast fashion and the Climate Emergency.
We regularly organise sustainability related volunteering opportunities both on and off campus, allowing you to make a difference in the community. You’ll find everything from our monthly canal clean ups on campus, bulb planting in nearby parks to helping out at Bow Foodbank.
Keep an eye out for on campus and off campus activities through the year.
Start a Campaign
We are always interested to hear your ideas for sustainability improvements, campaigns and activities you’d like the Students’ Union to work on. Please use this form to submit your ideas.
Running a campaign is a great way to raise awareness of issues, create change and develop your own skills.
Following campaigns in recent years, our students have passed policies to cut single-use plastic use and lobby the University to divest from using fossil fuels and declare a Climate Emergency.
Find out more about submitting a motion to Student Council, or if you’d like to find out how to start your own sustainability campaign, contact our sustainability team.
Donate Unwanted Items
Our Reuse scheme is a joint project between the Students’ Union and the University. Twice a year, in December and June, we collect your unwanted items and give them a new home with other students.
To date, the scheme has diverted over 2 tonnes of items from landfill. Keep an eye on this page and the sustainability social media for collection information closer to the time.
During the rest of the year, please donate your unwanted food to Bow Foodbank, place books on our Book Swap shelf in Ground Cafe or use the British Heart Foundation collection points on campus.