Institute wins UCL Green Impact Excellence Award
23 September 2015
The Institute of Archaeology has won a UCL Green Impact Excellence Award for its efforts towards greater sustainability and efficiency.
The Institute's Green Impact team focused on making the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Laboratory more efficient. The laboratory, part of the Wolfson Archaeological Science Laboratories, currently houses 4 SEMs, a microprobe, FTIR, XRD and gold and carbon coaters.
The sustainability project, managed by Tom Gregory and Sandra Bond, involved the recycling of obsolete equipment, using an online booking system to make more efficient use of the existing equipment, and in collaboration with UCL Estates, driving forward improvements to metering and energy efficiency. The number of chemicals used in the lab has also been reduced, including the replacement of toxic cobalt containing silica desiccant with inert equivalents.
As part of this initiative, funding is being sought to replace the microscope detectors with dry ones which do not require liquid nitrogen. This would save approximately 125L of nitrogen per week and facilitate the ventilation being turned off at night. It would also improve laboratory safety and oxygen depletion alarms would no longer be required.
The Institute of Archaeology Library was also a Green Impact Silver Award winner this year.
The Institute of Archaeology takes green issues seriously and the Archaeology Green Impact Team work to encourage environmental sustainability within UCL. The Institute previously received a platinum green impact award in 2013-14, silver in 2012-13 and bronze in 2011-12. A gold award for the conservation and environmental labs was received in 2011-12 while Mark Roberts received the Ecologist Environmental Hero Award for 2012-13.