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Share your images of sustainability

Green UCL is gathering your interpretations and visualisations of key sustainability themes for their Annual Report. Winning entries will receive a £50 prize and coverage in this widely-read report.  More...

Published: Jan 28, 2015 2:42:00 PM

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

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.