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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

Big Easter Switch Off: the results!

1 May 2014


big Easter switch off infographic

Congratulations to everyone who joined in with the Big Easter Switch Off. 

The energy savings you’ve helped make really is proof that we can all play a part in improving UCL’s environmental impact. 

A Big Impact

Compared to last year’s Easter break, you helped save a whopping 49,916 kWh of energy. That’s enough energy to make up to 2 million cups of tea!

Over 450 staff and students pledged to take part in the campaign, from 50 departments and teams across UCL.

The Human Resources Division have won our competition to get the largest number of team pledges, with Communications & Marketing, SSEES, Museums and Public Engagement and the CHP Team being highly commended for their efforts.

Building on our success

If we switched off like this every weekend, UCL could save up to 1,766 tonnes of carbon and upwards of £283,000 in energy bills every year.

Getting more involved

The Switch Off can’t end here. Saving energy is just one change which we hope you’ll continue to make. But if you’re feeling inspired, why not get more involved?

You could consider becoming a Green Champion. Or explore other ways to make your department more sustainable. And if you’d like any help, information or resources, please do get in touch.

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And if you haven't seen our 'Jeremy Bentham's no Spring Chicken' video, then click below...