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Sustainability Spotlights

Across UCL, staff and students are working to tackle the challenges of sustainability, improving environmental performance and raising sustainability literacy. Here are some examples of the inspiring work they're doing.  

The UCL Careers Wormery

The UCL Careers Wormery

A project by UCL Careers to put food waste to good use and engage colleagues and students with sustainability issues

Cross-disciplinary collaboration to increase recycling

Cross-disciplinary collaboration to increase recycling

A collaboration between the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, UCL Sustainability team, UCL Estates and Bywaters to run a study into recycling behaviours on UCL's campus

Institute of Archaeology's Roof Garden

Institute of Archaeology's Roof Garden

Staff and students have come together at the Institute of Archaeology to create a roof garden

Central House Living Lab

Central House Living Lab

A collaboration between CASA, the Energy Institute, UCL Estates and Green UCL to bring together occupancy and energy-use data with wifi access

Department of Physics and Astronomy labs sustainably refurbished

Department of Physics and Astronomy labs sustainably refurbished

The Department of Physics and Astronomy's recently refurbished F19 labs show how environmental best practice can be used to drive improvements to our laboratories and teaching spaces

Hydrogen-powered outreach from UCL students

Hydrogen-powered outreach from UCL students

UCell are a team of PhD students, lecturers and industrial partners working on electricity production from hydrogen. Their aim is to demonstrate the real potential of alternative energy sources through public outreach

UCL Engineers Boost Biodiversity

UCL Engineers Boost Biodiversity

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

Chemistry's Chemical Cataloguing

Chemistry's Chemical Cataloguing

The Department of Chemistry have started using Quartzy, a free online database where research groups can log all of their chemicals and manage bookings for equipment

UCL students turning animal waste into energy

UCL students turning animal waste into energy

CEGE has been working with Surrey Docks Farm on a biodigester project designed to turn animal waste generated on site into sustainable energy and high value liquid fertiliser

Bloomsbury Theatre's Energy Savings

Bloomsbury Theatre's Energy Savings

The theatre has replaced their incandescent lamps with LEDs, reducing their electricity usage to less than 15 kWh a day; nearly seven times less.

Tavistock Square Sustainable Refurbishment

Tavistock Square Sustainable Refurbishment

This refurbishment project used the Ska Rating system to transform the space into offices with sector-leading environmental performance, all while respecting the heritage of the building