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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.

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.

Published: Mar 16, 2015 10:04:00 AM

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

Wider impacts infographic

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.


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.


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