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All departments encouraged to take part in UCL's Green Impact programme

Green Impact, UCL's annual sustainability programme is now live for the 2015-16 period, and all departments and divisions are encouraged to take part.  More...

Published: Sep 28, 2015 2:52:00 PM

'Whole Earth?' environmental exhibition comes to Gordon Square Gardens

A new free exhibition will run in Gordon Square Gardens from the 21st September - 16th October, tackling the environmental challenges we face in a changing and increasingly interconnected world.  More...

Published: Sep 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Sustainability excellence showcased at the UCL Green Impact Awards

UCL action for sustainability was celebrated this week at the Sustainability Team's annual Green Impact Awards. Vice-Provost Professor Anthony Smith, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability Team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of staff and students in creating a more sustainable UCL.  More...

Published: Sep 17, 2015 11:26:00 AM

Sodexo and UCL awarded Silver Food for Life Catering Mark

Marking a commitment to providing healthy and sustainable food, Sodexo has achieved the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark at UCL. The university's catering partner since 2014, Sodexo serves over 26,000 students across UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

Published: Aug 11, 2015 12:17:00 PM

UCL engineers work with contractors to boost biodiversity

12 August 2014

bee close-up

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. 

A group (image below) including the project's primary contractor Integrated MEP, along with AECOM, UCL Estates, the UCL Sustainability Team, O&G landscaping and the London Wildlife Trust collaborated to introduce plants, bird boxes, feeders and baths, as well as visual improvements to this once dull and uninspiring roof space. 

The planting used in the project was drawn from a list of native species identified in the draft UCL Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (including Honeysuckle, Hebe, Cat Mint, Thyme, Sedums and Lavenders). UCL worked with the London Wildlife Trust to create this document which recognises the role that UCL can play in supporting urban biodiversity. Tony Overbury, Sustainability Manager commended the project, stating that "the fact that honey bees have been drawn to the newly planted area so quickly shows the positive impact that even relatively small projects can achieve".

UCL's gardeners are also developing plans to install a biodiversity-boosting 'bug hotel' created from recycled building materials on the roof. 

Image right: a bee on one of the new Lavender bushes. 

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We’ve shown that through collaboration between the university and its contractors, we can increase sustainability and the wellbeing of those who work and study here.

Chandra N Mistry, UCL Estates

All plants, bird boxes and baths were donated to UCL free of charge by Integrated MEP. 

Chandra N Mistry (UCL Engineering, Maintenance and Infrastructure) worked on the project and commented that "by donating time and materials, this contractor has shown a real commitment to UCL and to improving local biodiversity. We’ve shown that through collaboration between the university and its contractors, we can increase sustainability and the wellbeing of those who work and study here. We hope this will mark a change of paradigm at UCL, where more contractors will add value to projects by considering projects like this across the estate".

To find out more, please contact the Sustainability Team.