Sustainability Working Group (SWG)
Who are we?
The SWG is a student-led group created after the 1st MRC Centre for Environment and Health's Sustainability Workshop. Its members are students and staff from MRC Centre for Environment and Health at Imperial College London with an amazing drive for change and a profound passion for sustainability. We want to be a friendly and energetic space for discussion around green opportunities for the MRC Centre and the college.
Members: Stav Friedman (Chair), Aina Roca Barcelo (PhD), Annalisa Sheehan (PhD), Rosemary Chamberlains (PhD), Allison Gaines (PhD), Esther Lie (Engagement Coordinator), Justie Mak (PhD), Kerry Moss (RA), Helena Rapp-Wright (Post doc), Holly Walder (PhD).
What are we doing?
The World Food Day Talks & Nibbles
When: Wednesday 12th October 2022, 17:30 to 20:30
Where: The Invention Rooms, 68 Wood Lane, W12 7TA
What: The Sustainability Working Group at the MRC (Medical Research Council) Centre for Environment and Health is delighted to invite you to a free event celebrating World Food Day!
Join us for delicious, sustainable nibbles from West London-based eateries, as we hear three short talks on sustainable food innovations and initiatives.
- City Harvest: providing those in need with rescued surplus foods!
- Multus Media: creating a way for lab-grown meat to be more affordable and sustainable!
- Imperial College London
Doors will open at 17:30, and talks will start at 18:00 - to be followed by a networking session over yummy, local food, including an ice cream trolly serving plant-based treats from Tumeric and Honey!
Sign up HERE
Newtok: The Water Is Rising FILM SCREENING
When: Thursday 21st July 2022 17:00-20:00
Where: The Invention Rooms, 68 Wood Lane, W12 7TA
What: The MRC Center Sustainability Working Group is delighted to invite you to the screening of NEWTOK: THE WATER IS RISING, sponsored by Patagonia.
We believe that the story portrayed in this film resonates with that of a lot of people around the world who face the destructive impacts of Climate Change. It also highlights the clear injustices that hide behind climate change. Globally, an estimated 1.4 billion people may have to relocate due to rising seas by 2060—but Newtok, Alaska, must move now. So join us in watching this beautiful and crushing film.
After the screening we will have some members of our Public Health School working on environmental health introducing themselves and their research. They will be around after the movie, so feel free to stick around and chat with them/us about any burning question you may have.
Sign up HERE
Plastic Free July
When: Monday 27th June 16:30-18:00
Where: 12th Floor Lecture Theatre, SMUH, White City Campus.
What: The MRC Center Sustainability Working Group will be participating in Plastic Free July, a global campaign to raise awareness for plastic pollution and help individuals, businesses, schools and communities reduce their plastic usage and pollution. See website Plastic Free July – Be Part of the Solution
We will be hosting a drop-in info session where you can come learn more about the campaign, plastic pollution in general and tips and tricks for reducing your plastic waste.
You'll also be able to join the campaign yourself by pledging to quit a certain type of plastic during the month of July. Can't seem to break your single-use coffee cup habit? Want to learn about some great plastic free alternatives to liquid shampoo? Stop by and say hello to our team!
Our comment on "Making academia environmentally sustainable: a student perspective" is out at The Lancet Planetary Health!
It is undeniable that Universities have a crucial role in our fight for more sustainable and healthier societies. However, their role is often deemed to research and education exclusively. In this piece, “we argue that a university's role should not be confined to these aspects. Academia has a social responsibility to practise what it advocates: becoming a model for sustainability and an agent of change, meeting the demands of today's society, including its students. This responsibility is even more prominent for public health institutions considering the substantial health costs of climate change.” We explore the consequences this has for students and staff, and call for the adoption of a top-down approach to sustainable transformation.
Go read the comment at: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(21)00199-6/fulltext
Sustainability Week 2021
The MRC Centre Sustainability Working Group is glad to present the first MRC Centre Sustainability Week, from Monday 15th – Friday 19th February.
We are bringing lots of fantastic events, challenges and tips for you. Each day of the week will be dedicated to a different sector which we believe is important to look at if we are to improve our sustainability.
Have a glance to our exciting agenda below and in the attached poster. Make sure to register to the events (see links below) you want to take part, it is a first come first served policy!
Oh and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@MRC_ReSoc) as most of our action will be through there.
🌱PRE-SUSTAINABILITY WEEK ACTIVITIES (8th - 12th Feb) 🌱
Take on the challenge
What is it?
The first action taken by the MRC-CEH-SWG was to generate a comprehensive and thorough report analysing the barriers and opportunities for sustainable changes within the MRC Centre and more broadly Imperial College and to make informed recommendations. More specifically, the report aims to: (i) better understand current practises; (ii) identify barriers and challenges to sustainable alternatives, (iii) identify opportunities, and (iv) make clear and diverse recommendations of both feasible and effective alternatives.
This report has been approved by the heads of Departments Prof. Paul Elliot and Prof. Frank Kelly.
On Friday 16th October we officially launched our report and survey. Our MRC Centre for Environment and Health directors, Prof. Paul Elliot and Prof. Frank Kelly opened the event which was followed by a presentation of the report and survey by the group. There were also some surprises, like interactive polls and an open discussion at the end. Overall over 50 attendees.
On the 29th of January 2020, a group of students and staff members from Imperial College London gathered with one objective: to identify the barriers to a more sustainable workspace. This was part of the first MRC Centre for Environment and Health’s Sustainability Workshop, organised by the MRC Researchers Society’s co-chair Aina Roca Barceló (1st year President PhD Scholar), supported by the MRC Centre for Environment and Health, within the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department (EBS), represented by Drs Fred Piel and Eduardo Seleiro. This was kindly funded by the Research Community Fund at Imperial College London.
To kick-off the event, we were guided by Prof. Paul Lickiss, the new Academic Leader in Sustainability for Imperial College London, through the past, present and future initiatives happening at Imperial College. Right after, Dr Nicola Hogan from the Sustainability Team at King’s College London shared with us some tips and recommendations from their prize-winning sustainability programme.
This was followed by a delicious vegetarian and vegan lunch to fuel our brains and get ready for the exciting afternoon ahead of us. For more than 2 hours, we discussed, played and brainstormed together, trying to decipher the intricacies of making our departments more sustainable and finding those weak points to shift the balance.
Overall, the workshop was well-received by both the participants and the keynote speakers, who engaged in part of the co-creation workshop. Based on the feedback, the workshop helped to create a great space to discuss with peers’ and institutional representatives’ views, concerns and ideas to keep pushing our university forward and set the seed for a sustainability network.
Members: Aina Roca Barcelo, Annalisa Sheehan, Rhiannon S Thompson, Carl Desouza, Richard Belcher, Joseph Levermore, Allison Gaines, Fred Piel.
This group was created after the 1st MRC Centre for Environment and Health’s Sustainability Workshop. Its members are students and staff members from Imperial College with an amazing drive for change and a profound interest in sustainability. We want to be a friendly and energetic space for discussion around green opportunities for the college, bringing the momentum generated during the workshop one step further. The final objective is to collect a series of ideas in the form of a report which can be distributed college-wise to foster discussions and keep pushing for changes.
For any more information, please contact us using the email below (temporary): firstname.lastname@example.org