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Green Champion / Departmental Environment Officer Roles

Until now, many UCL departments have had voluntary Green Champions. Green Champions play a vital role in encouraging and supporting best practice in the department.

Changes have been made to the Academic Manual and Departments are now required to have a Departmental Environment Officer to support them in addressing environmental risks from departmental activities, in a similar way to the Health and Safety Officer.

It is stressed that the environmental responsibilities listed are the responsibility of the Head of Department and the DEO is a support role rather than assuming delegated responsibility.

The Green Champion and DEO for the department might be the same person, or they might be different. While there will be one DEO, there is no limit to how many Green Champions a department may have. Both are important roles.

Environment Officer Role

The Environment Officer supports the Head of Department to ensure regulatory compliance within the department. This includes compliance with legal and other requirements, and UCL policies and standards although ultimate responsibility for compliance lies with the Head of Department.

The Environment Officer will play a significant support role to the Head of Department in delivering required arrangements within the department, ensuring staff competency to avoid negative environmental impact. This includes supporting the Head of Department to develop controls such as procedures for operations where there is significant environmental risk.

The Environment Officer will act as a liaison between the department and the UCL Environmental Sustainability Team and also has a role in monitoring and improvement in environmental performance. These duties can be supported by the Green Champion / Green Team and are outlined below.

Where there is no Green Champion / Green Team in place, this role would be included in the Environment Officer duties.

5. Ensure that you are aware of the environmental legislation applicable to your department and that you are complying with it

6. Conduct an annual management review of arrangements for environment, including risk management and performance

  • Green Impact can be a useful tool to do this or a departmental audit can be arranged with the ES team
  • Look at the procedures you have in place and consider if they are effective
  • Review your performance in key areas and see if you can target improvement – this gives you a focused initiative for the next year

Further information

Training will be made available via Green UCL relevant to your role. For students (and staff), there is also the Green Awareness UCL course on Moodle as a good background.

A dedicated role in the department (Green Champion or DEO – see above) should act as the central point of contact between the ES team and the department, including the co-ordination of Green Team/Green Champions where appropriate. They will notify the ES team if responsibility for environment is changing within the department

Although the above duties are the responsibility of the Head of Department, they will be supported by the Departmental Environment Officer where deemed appropriate.   

Download the information on this page about Environmental Roles, Responsibilities and Checklists (Word doc).