Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Green Darwin?
James Michaels – Operations Officer, Division of Biosciences
Elizabeth Sutton-Klein - Lab Assistant
Fiona Williamson - Executive Officer, GEE
Dawn Butler – Executive Officer, SMB
Giovanna Vinti - Lab Manager IHA
Sayoni Das – PhD Student
Antonia Ford - PhD Student
Claire Peart - PhD Student
What is Green Impact?
Impact is a UCL-wide environmental competition and accreditation scheme
that allows departments and divisions across the UCL to improve their
environmental impact and engage staff and students with essential
What is Green UCL?
- Green UCL brings together people, programmes, events and initiatives that tackle the challenges of sustainability
- Green UCL has published the current status of environmental sustainability and future targets within UCL in the UCL Environmental Sustainability Strategy, Sustainable Food Policy, and Carbon Management Plan. See UCl Green Commitments
- Key targets for UCL include:
- 85% recycling of operational wastes by 2015
- 100% HCFC phase-out in air conditioning systems by 2015
- All new build achieves BREEAM (New Construction) Excellent, or equivalent
- 10% reduction in delivery vehicles on campus by 2014 (based on 2011 baseline)
- Reduce water consumption by 10% by 2014 against 2009/10 baseline
- Introduce at least 50m2 of new, biodiverse urban space by 2014
- Achieve Food for Life catering marks Silver standard by 2014
- Achieve EcoCampus Platinum standard by mid-2014 & ISO 14001 by 2014
- All departments to participate in Green Impact by 2015
- Achieve Level 5 in the Sustainable Procurement Flexible Framework by 2014
What is the UCL Waste system?
UCL operates a two-bin system across the estate for mixed waste and food waste:
- Food waste should be disposed of in a caddy or bin with a RED bin liner
- All other general waste (paper, plastic, card, glass, etc) should be placed in a bin with a CLEAR bin liner. This waste is sorted after collection and recyclables separated out by the contracted waste handler
is an easy to use online portal which allows staff at UCL to
redistribute (give, loan or share) resources legally and conveniently
within UCL and beyond. The tool makes it easy for staff to find others
with spare equipment and resources. It's all about reducing procurement,
saving on waste disposal, making savings on purchasing and waste
disposal costs, as well as avoiding landfill and carbon emissions.
See further information on specialist waste streams.
What options are available for sustainable travel?
UCL has a Travel Plan, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of transport related to University College London and its activities.
UCL offers a staff cycle scheme - see the Travel Plan link for information about this and other travel incentives:
What can I do?
- Log on to complete UCL's fun and interactive the green sustainability training
- Browse the GEE intranet Green Darwin pages for further information on small steps we can all take to reduce our environmental impact
- Review methods of best practice for laboratories
- Follow Green UCL on Twitter, Like on Facebook for updates
- Join the Student switchoff competition
- UCL Union Volunteering directory: current vacancies include Biodiveristy and Parks and Open Spaces volunteers for Camden Nature Conservation Section
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