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Design and create a garden to boost biodiversity at UCL

The Sustainability Team and UCL IoE Gardening Project are offering staff and students the chance to design and create one of four biodiversity-boosting raised beds in Sarah's Garden on the roof terrace at the UCL Institute of Education.
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Published: Mar 31, 2015 2:26:00 PM

Cruciform Hub awarded Gold for green credentials

The recently-refurbished Cruciform Hub has received a RICS Ska Gold award for its environmental credentials, which include energy efficient lighting throughout, use of sustainable timber and 99% of all waste generated by the project avoiding landfill. More...

Published: Mar 25, 2015 1:01:00 PM

UCL student a finalist in Mayor of London's Low Carbon competition

Louis's 'Gaia Gallery' project is based in a heritage canal boat and aims to create the UK’s first entirely off-grid touring event space. The project is volunteer-led and has been shaped by a carbon neutral design that incorporates alternative technologies, reclaimed materials and natural building methods. The barge is also currently being converted to operate on recycled vegetable oil, further improving the impact of the project. More...

Published: Mar 18, 2015 1:17:00 PM

Free cycle tours of London (bikes provided!)

After the success of our first rides, we're running more guided cycle tours around London for UCL students. All abilities are welcome, whether you're a cycling fanatic or a total beginner. Even if you don't have a bike, don't worry; we can provide one.
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Published: Mar 16, 2015 10:04:00 AM

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.