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