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A new approach to recycling at UCL

As part of UCL’s ongoing work to improve recycling rates, a new approach to waste and recycling is being introduced across the university. This includes a new way to segregate waste, the introduction of hundreds of news bins and a unified waste signage scheme.  More...

Published: Sep 19, 2014 11:02:00 AM

New bike racks installed around UCL

As part of UCL's ongoing work to improve cycling facilities for staff and students, the UCL Sustainability Team have completed the installation of new parking spaces for 181 bikes around the Bloomsbury campus.  More...

Published: Aug 19, 2014 9:30:00 AM

UCL engineers work with contractors to boost biodiversity

The replacement of air handling equipment on a roof at 1-19 Torrington Place has been used to trial an innovative approach to working with UCL's contractors to boost biodiversity.  More...

Published: Aug 12, 2014 2:02:00 PM

Green UCL Annual Report published 

Green UCL’s Annual Report for 2012-13 is now ready. This report showcases examples of best practice and sets out our progress in creating a more sustainable UCL. More...

Published: Aug 5, 2014 3:54:00 PM

Staff Green Champions

After recent changes to the UCL academic manual, it is now stipulated that all departments should have a member of staff charged with environmental responsibilities. And having a Green Champion is an excellent way to achieve this. Staff Green Champions support UCL’s environmental sustainability agenda and help improve UCL’s green performance. The role is flexible and varied, but as a staff Green Champion, you could: 

  • Make sure that all new staff and students complete Green UCL's Environmental Awareness moodle course as part of their induction. This is an essential introduction to the key concepts of sustainability and what these mean for UCL. 
  • Ensure that your department takes part in UCL's Green Impact programme, and help with its delivery. 
  • Ensure that departmental colleagues are aware of your contact details and role as Green Champion. 
  • Encourage and gather ideas and feedback from departmental colleagues on ways to improving your department's environmental performance. 
  • Use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to help spread awareness about Green UCL events, programmes and initiatives. 
  • Explain new initiatives (such as recycling bins) to colleagues and seek to elicit their co-operation and support.
  • Attend and participate in forums and meetings of the Green Champions’ network.
  • Encourage green procurement by consulting with departmental purchasing officers (e.g. using recycled paper office products, purchasing A* energy rated electrical appliances, reducing the number of printers by encouraging printer sharing).
  • Liaise with the departmental Estates representative to ensure that maintenance issues are reported and resolved promptly (e.g. faulty heating, dripping taps).

Become a staff Green Champion

If you'd like to become a Green Champion, or if you have any questions about the role, please contact Lead Green Champion Janet Hope. You can also sign up to the Green Champions mailing list to get updates and information about the work of Green Champions across the university.