In 2003, the college appointed an environment manager responsible for implementing a three-pronged carbon-management strategy. Since then, it has pursued aggressive environmental targets for new and existing campus buildings, in 2008 becoming the first university in Britain to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing carbon emissions. The judges praised the college for the comprehensiveness of its green construction programme in a physically and politically complex environment.
As a bastion of scientific research, with 19,700 students from more than 140 countries, King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world, situated in the heart of London in a dense and historic built environment.
Under the direction of its environmental manager, the college set specific objectives and targets to reduce its energy consumption and carbon footprint. It invested in data collection, management and reporting tools to monitor progress against measurable targets.