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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

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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

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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

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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

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Students: give your feedback and get a £10 Waterstones voucher


In the autumn term, we’ll be running a big project about the future of UCL’s carbon emissions.  More...

Published: Jul 21, 2014 2:46:00 PM

Green UCL Annual Report published 

5 August 2014

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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.

In April 2013, the UCL Council approved the institution’s first Environmental Sustainability Strategy following extensive consultation across the institution. The strategy sets out five strategic aims:

  1. To create a campus which supports UCL’s activities in a sustainable way
  2. To enable, empower and support all UCL communities to address our environmental sustainability impacts
  3. To provide the education, advancement, dissemination and application of sustainable development
  4. To maximise the wider impact of UCL’s environmental sustainability activities at local, regional, national and international level through collaboration, partnership and communication
  5. To become a leader in environmental sustainability across the HE sector

Our Annual Report sets out the progress which has been made in 2012/13 against these strategic aims and, in particular, the targets and commitments set out in the strategy. It provides some case studies of best practice and also a summary of our key goals for the coming year. 

Read Green UCL's Annual Report

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One of several infographics illustrating elements of UCL's impacts, approach to carbon and vision for the future.  


Some highlights


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Sustainable refurbishment of 31 Tavistock Square

Built in 1826, 31 Tavistock Square is a Grade 2* listed building, situated in the Bloomsbury conservation area. Previously used as a domestic dwelling, this refurbishment project transformed the space into offices with sector-leading environmental performance, all while respecting the heritage of the building.


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UCL Wifi Project 

In 2012, the Sustainability Team launched a competition to find  a way of visualising environmental data. Several challenge workshops were initiated and one team was chosen to explore wifi as the means by which building occupancy could be tracked, creating a pioneering online tool which allowed the energy and occupancy data to be mapped simultaneously.


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Provost Teaching Award for 'Engineering Thinking' module

Dr Sarah Bell worked with Professor Andrea Sella and the Sustainability Team to devise a student project for the 'Engineering Thinking' module of the new Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree. Using their teaching spaces as a living lab, BASc students were divided into two groups which developed different proposals for providing automated water meter systems for the teaching laboratories. These proposals were presented as competitive tenders and the winning design was implemented and installed by UCL's plumbers.


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Chemical Sharing

Quartzy is a free online database through research groups can log their chemicals and manage bookings for equipment. Using this tool, UCL's Department of Chemistry has created a database of twenty thousand bottles of chemicals, each individually labelled and located.The safety and sustainability benefits have been huge and the department is also saving a significant amount of money, both reducing purchase costs, and the cost of disposing of unneeded chemicals.


 Read Green UCL's Annual Report