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UCL's People & Planet University League 2015 score

Compiled by student campaigning organisation People & Planet, the University League is an independent ranking of UK universities on their environmental and ethical performance.  More...

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

Pop-up cycling cafes from London By Cycle

Never ridden a bike before but want to try? Got a new bike and looking for advice on good routes? Ride a little but wish you were more confident? Just want a free coffee and to chat about bikes? More...

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

The Christmas Switch Off: your impact

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.  More...

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

Free environmental auditor training for students and staff

The Sustainability Team is running free environmental auditor training sessions to cover the basics of how to undertake an audit, and to give an opportunity to conduct an audit of a UCL building.  More...

Published: Jan 8, 2015 11:53:00 AM

Head of Department's environmental responsibilities

The new Head of Department responsibilities are defined in the UCL Academic Manual as follows:

10 Safety and Environmental Sustainability 

10.1 The Head of Department will demonstrate commitment to UCL's published Health and Safety and Environmental Sustainability Policies by making, recording and ensuring the implementation of arrangements to meet the policies and associated UCL requirements. 

10.2 The Head of Department will be required to set out and record a summary of the Department’s priorities for improvement action in the current year which will reflect the outcomes from their annual review as well as the overall UCL Safety Objectives and Environmental Sustainability Strategy. 

10.3 The Head of Department will ensure that their organisation is adequate to ensure that the departmental arrangements will be implemented to meet UCL requirements for Safety and Environmental Sustainability. 

10.4 The Head of Department will be required to appoint a Departmental Safety Officer, a Departmental Environment Officer and other Nominated Persons specified by UCL Policy and requirements. (These Officers and Nominated Persons must be competent to advise the Head of Department of the arrangements within the Department which are necessary to discharge adequately the Head of Department's responsibilities.)

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Departmental Environmental Responsibilities 

Heads of Department, with support from their Departmental Environment Officer and/or Green Champions, now have a responsibility to:

1. Identify main team activities and associated environmental impacts/risks and identify priorities for improvement. It may help to consider your departments use of chemicals, fuel, oil, water, energy, what you buy and what you throw away

  • You may be required to show evidence of how you have identified these priorities
  • Ensure that arrangements are in place to manage environmental impacts/risks 
  • This might be in the form of procedures or roles and responsibilities for example

2. Record your environmental management arrangements on your departmental website i.e. name and contact details of the assigned Environment Officer, team and/or committee, key procedures

  • The ES team will check this website to check that such arrangements are in place when planning annual departmental audits

3. Ensure that a member of the department includes sustainability at new staff/student inductions (ideally this would form part of the Head of Department talk)

  • The ES team can support you if you are unsure what to cover
  • This could be a departmental walk around for new staff, pointing out risks and opportunities, recycling facilities etc
  • For students (and staff), you could direct them to the Green Awareness UCL course on Moodle

4. Ensure that sustainability is discussed as a team, either by adding to team/departmental meeting agenda as a standing item, or incorporating into other areas of discussion, or by having a dedicated meeting or committee