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UCL's People & Planet University League 2015 score

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Published: Jan 20, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Pop-up cycling cafes from London By Cycle

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Published: Jan 12, 2015 11:08:00 AM

The Christmas Switch Off: your impact

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Published: Jan 9, 2015 9:50:00 AM

UCL achieves gold standard in environmental audit

28 November 2013


ecocampus gold

UCL has been awarded Gold EcoCampus certification following an audit of its Environmental Sustainability Management System. Currently used in nearly half of Russell Group universities, EcoCampus is a leading tool to assess environmental management in Higher Education.

Teams from Estates, Facilities, Geography and Chemistry all took part, with many more contributing to the development of environmental controls and improvements to performance. 

Achieving Gold is one of many objectives of the UCL Environmental Sustainability Strategy for this year and is a huge achievement. We’d like to give a massive thanks to everyone who has played a part in getting us this far.


Building on our achievements

Environmental management is all about finding ways to identify, evaluate, manage and improve environmental performance. And improving this performance needs the involvement of everyone at UCL. It's important to keep in mind that retaining awards like EcoCampus Gold require departments across the university to be able to provide proof of their environmental performance in the event of an audit.

Departments can work to improve their environmental management though UCL’s Green Impact programme. This programme breaks environmental improvements down into incremental, participatory and fun steps (and also provides the necessary evidence in the event of an audit). Achieving institution-wide improvements to our performance will be essential in moving us up to a Platinum-level award in the future. And Green Impact is a great way to contribute to this in your department. 

We’ve already come a long way this year. And although we’re aware that there’s still a long way to go, achieving this Gold award gives us the confidence that we’re on the right track. Thanks again!


Find out more about Green Impact at UCL:
Green Impact
View UCL’s Environmental Sustainability Management System documentation:
EMS documentation