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From antique clocks to laptops, our WARPit enthusiasts share their best tips!

As part of our commitment to reducing waste and consumption of materials, UCL partnered with Warpit in 2011. Warpit is a tool all UCL staff can use to share furniture, stationary and equipment needing a new home. It helps staff save money, reduce UCL’s carbon and brings back life into some of the perfectly usable and sometimes interesting antiques- otherwise going to the recycling centre. UCL has currently saved 150060kg of C02 and £350,030 from using WARPit!

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UCL wins 'Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Sustainability' award

Last month UCL was nominated for two awards at the Camden Business Sustainability Awards 2017- the ‘Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction’ award for our Logistics Zone and the ‘Leadership in Green Procurement’ award for our sustainable procurement work in our SKA HE programme. We are extremely pleased to announce that UCL received the overall award of the night: the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Sustainability’ award.

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UCL's new Medicinal Garden is in full bloom

The new School of Pharmacy (SOP) Medicinal Garden was created on Tuesday 4th April.  Volunteers from the Institute of Child Health and the Institute of Education joined forces with the School of Pharmacy's library team to lay the first plants in a bed in Brunswick Square.

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Big Easter Switch Off: the results!

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.

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Meet UCL's first Sustainability Procurement Officer- Alex Jones

We are pleased to announce that we have a new member of the team, Alex Jones, who will be UCL’s first Sustainable Procurement Officer. Alex has a background in sustainability at Local Authorities and will be helping make procurement and purchasing of goods and services more sustainable across UCL.

As you can imagine, UCL purchases a lot of things, ranging from the ordinary (stationary and office equipment) to the extraordinary (3D printers and antibodies). Whatever the purchase, it should be a ‘responsible’ procurement.

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Congratulations to two UCL student start-ups for making it to the finals of the 2017 Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition.

UCL student start-ups Captum Technology and Stripped packaging-free-pasta made it to the finals of the Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition 2017 after a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitching event at City Hall. The competition challenged students from London Universities to come up with creative solutions to the urgent environmental and social challenges facing London. With a £20,000 cash prize and mentoring from Citi Foundation, there were more than 300 entries from 37 institutions. UCL’s Sustainability team and Innovation and Enterprise team are both proud and impressed with Captum and Stripped packaging-free-pasta for their pioneering proposals. Richard Jackson, UCL Director of Sustainability said:

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UCL’s campus is undergoing the largest transformation of its history, with £1.2 billion being spent on creating state-of-the-art buildings, designed to be good for the environment and student welfare. Our latest buildings, including the new Bartlett School headquarters, have won awards for their sustainable designs. All buildings have been built with and kitted-out in, environmentally conscious materials and products such as sustainable paints, timber from well managed forests and reusable furniture. They are also extremely energy efficient.  The refurbishment of the new Architecture school building, 22 Gordon St. has reduced energy use by 75% while providing 30% more space for students.

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UCLU Green Economy Green Business Forum 2017


The UCLU Green Economy Society is hosting their annual Green Business Forum 2017: Embedding sustainability within small to large scale businesses

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Re-imagining a Sustainable Campus- UCL Competition

Illustrate your visions of a sustainable University for your chance to win £300 and have your designs published in the UCL Sustainability Annual Report 2015-2016.

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UCL hires award winning Sustainable Labs Advisor, Martin Farley

We are pleased to announce that we have a new member of the team, Martin Farley who will be UCL’s first Sustainability Labs Advisor. Martin has a background in stem cell research and won the 2015 Sustainability Professional Green Gown award particularly for his work surrounding Ultra Low Temperatures (ULT)- freezer temperatures. He will be helping to make UCL’s labs more efficient to reduce their impact on the environment.

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Christmas Switch Off Results

Congratulations to everyone who joined in with the Christmas Switch Off. The savings you’ve helped make really is proof that we can all play a part in improving UCL’s environmental impact. 

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