Welcome to the homepage of sustainability work at SOAS Students' Union!


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SOAS Students' Union

Within SOAS SU sustainability work is spearheaded by our full time Governance, Communication & Sustainability Coordinator, and our part time student Environment Officer. We are continuously looking at how to reduce our carbon footprint, educate and engage our members in climate issues, and work with our members, the School, and the wider community to make change.


Role Who? Work
Governance, Communication & Sustainability Coordinator Jack Di Francesco
  • NUS Green Impact lead
  • Support student sustainability ideas and campaigns
  • Liaise with the School and Bloomsbury Greenthing
  • Member of the SOAS Climate Action Group
  • Chair of the SOAS SU Sustainability Group
Environment Officer

Annabelle van Dort

  • Support student sustainability ideas and campaigns
  • Run events and campaigns to engage the student body (inc. Green Week)
  • Member of the SOAS Climate Action Group


Get Involved!

There is lots of ongoing work happening at the Students' Union:

  • NUS Green Impact - An annual scheme run by the NUS, providing Students' Unions a workbook of sustainability criteria to help strucutre their work throughout the year.
  • Green Week - An annual week of events held in February, centering around the environment and sustainability. More information will be available closer to the time, or don't hesistate to get in touch with any event ideas!
  • Operational Sustainability Initiatives - From our 25p takeaway coffee cup charge to our increased selection of local breweries in the SU Bar, we're always looking for ways to make SOAS SU more sustainable.
  • UGM Motions - We welcome students to propose environmental SU policy through our Union General Meetings. Interested? Speak to our Governance, Communication & Sustainability Coordinatore for advice on the UGM process.
  • Societies - We have a number of societies relating to the environment (see below) and are always open for you to start a new society. All of our societies additionally have to sign a sustainability pledge!
  • Work with the School / Climate Action Group - We work continuously with the School to impliment sustainability work across the student body, and our Gov, Comms & Sust Coord and Environment Officer sit on the School's Climate Action Group.
  • Campaigns - See below for active and past climate related campaigns run by the SU!



The following are societies realted to the environment which are active at SOAS SU for 2020/21:



Currently active environmental campaigns:

Campaign Aims
Youth Climate Strikes We take action during every Youth Strike 4 Climate!

Provide affordable, sustainable menstrural products.

We currently sell Mooncups and reuable pads in the SU.

Solar SOAS

Install  solar panels on the roof of Main Building to supply clean electricity to SOAS.

114 solar panels have been installed, and the money saved on electricity from their use is input into the annual Green Community Fund.


Previous environmental campaigns:

Campaign Achievements
Coffee Cups and Grounds

To reduce takeaway coffee cup usage the SU shop now:

  • sells reusable Keepcups at a subsidised price
  • charges 25p per takeaway cup used
  • only allows student reps and officers to use their free hot drink vouchers with a reusable cup

All coffee grounds used in the shop are also collected and sent to be recycled into bioenergy!

Water Fountains Thanks to lobbying from the SU, water fountains were installed on every floor in the Main Building (previously only have 1 fountain in the whole building!)
Divest SOAS Thanks to lobbying from the SU and the Fossil Free SOAS Society, SOAS became the 2nd UK university to commit to divesting endowment out of fossil fuels in 2015, and the 1st university to successfully do so in 2017.
Cycle Support
  • We installed a bike repair station near the fron of Main Building
  • We host a used bike sale every 3 months
  • We host Dr.Bike repair and maintainance training sessions
Climate Crisis
  • SOAS SU declared a climate emergency in May 2019
  • Thanks to SU lobbying SOAS also declared a climate emergency in September 2019



NUS Green Impact

Year Award
2019/20 Very Good
2018/19 Excellent
2017/18 Excellent
2016/17 N/A
2015/16 Excellent


People & Planet Green University League

Year Position
2019/20 TBC
2018/19 31st
2017/18 59th
2016/17 25th
2015/16 49th


Brite Green Award

2015: For achieving 'outstanding carbon reductions.


EcoCampus ISO-14001

2016: EcoCampus Platinum Award


Research / Aims

Year Research
2019/20 n/a

Takeaway Cup Survey - February 2019

Menstrual Product Survey - April 2019


Hot Drinks Survey - January 2018


  • Environmental Impact Register
  • SMART Goals 

EIR and SMART Goals to be updated soon!

This webpage was last updated on: 21 Sep 2020 14:12