Environmental and Sustainability Policy

KLC encourages compliance, mindfulness and innovation to protect natural resources and create healthier environments and emphasise the potential to work with artists and craftsmen to create unique designs for clients with bespoke recycling and upcycling

Aims

  • To establish KLC as a centre of excellence for Sustainability

  • To engage students with environmentally related matters and make them aware of global problems

  • To make students aware of specific ethical issues and a designer’s duty of care to protect natural resources and to regard these as a challenge integral to their work

  • To encourage students to create healthier environments and enhance quality of life for clients and end-users of interior design projects

  • To inform students of strategies and processes in place but as these are continually evolving to encourage research for potential solutions and dialogue with manufacturers and suppliers as part of the process

  • To encourage compliance with existing regulation, informed specification of materials, reduction of waste, energy efficiency and preservation of water

  • To emphasise that sustainability can drive innovation and to inspire students with the potential to work with artists and craftsmen to create unique bespoke designs for their clients

  • To provide holistic sustainable design skills for students

  • To continue to promote the House & Garden Award for Environmental and Sustainable Design

  • To establish a series of CPD lectures that will lead to LEED Green AP Accreditation for designers (now increasingly essential for international design work)

  • To establish student representation on the Construction Industry Council 2050 Group to support research and to contribute to and influence built environment industry policy.

 

Company Policy

  • To lead by example, identify, set, monitor and evaluate targets and provide feedback

  • To involve staff and students

  • To work with Design Centre Chelsea Harbour to establish energy audits and monitoring

  • To conserve energy and save water where possible

  • To specify environmentally friendly materials when carrying out repairs and renewals

  • To avoid waste and recycle unwanted items such as old samples

  • To introduce plants to absorb toxins in photocopying areas

  • To make students aware of organisations and projects where they can engage with social and environmental campaigns.