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UCL action for Sustainability Celebrated at the Green Impact Awards

UCL's President & Provost, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of the UCL community in tackling our environmental impacts this week at the Green Impact Award Ceremony.   More...

Published: Jun 11, 2014 3:03:00 PM

Get Cycling Event: Wednesday 14th May, South Quad

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Published: May 12, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Big Easter Switch Off: the results!

Congratulations to everyone who joined in with the Big Easter Switch Off.  More...

Published: May 1, 2014 11:54:00 AM

UCL achieves Ska Gold rating for Whittington Hospital refurbishment

UCL has successfully achieved its first Ska Gold certificate for its refurbishment project in the Whittington Hospital. This rating represents environmental best practice in terms of reducing waste, using more sustainable materials, installing highly efficient lighting, and water saving toilets.   More...

Published: Mar 27, 2014 12:31:00 PM

Ilan Adler*, Karen Hudson-Edwards** and Luiza Campos* (*Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, UCL** Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London): Drinking the rain: Quality issues and technological advances

With growing pressures on natural resources worldwide, rainwater harvesting (MN( is fast becoming a viable drinking water supply for an expanding population. Notwithstanding, microbiological and chemical contamination from roof-top runoff has been detected above water quality guidelines, posing a health risk for consumers. Our research explores the use of silver ions, combined with filtration and settling mechanisms, as a safe and affordable model for purification that can be applied at a small scale. Pilot systems have been installed and monitored for this study in rural communities of San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico, where groundwater is either lacking or contaminated. Our experiments so far show that the system with all its components, including settling tank, filters and silver ionizer, has the potential to provide quality drinking water from harvested rain, employing safe concentrations of silver ions.