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Published: Nov 26, 2014 5:01:00 PM

The Sustainability Team is recruiting!

Want to join UCL’s Sustainability Team and help improve the sustainability of our business and projects? More...

Published: Nov 25, 2014 10:35:00 AM

UCL achieves Highly Commended for Sustainable Facilities Management

UCL and its partners Office and General and Bywaters have received a Highly Commended accolade at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) awards. More...

Published: Nov 12, 2014 10:43:00 AM

UCL backs proposed Cycle Superhighways

Image: a visualisation of proposed segregated two-way cycle track on Tower Hill

Published: Nov 6, 2014 5:17:00 PM

Gustav Milne (UCL Institute of Archaeology): The Evolutionary Determinants of Health: supporting the case for a greener UCL

For six million years, the hunter-gathering communities from which we all descended  adapted to a life revolving around small-scale societies; close engagement with nature and particular diet and activity regimes.

There is a thus a profound dichotomy between our modern, sedentary urban culture, and the world we are genetically, metabolically, physiologically and psychologically designed for.

To resolve this conundrum (with its inherent physical and mental health issues), an innovative approach to urban wellbeing is being developed, based on the "Evolutionary Determinants of Health". Even our ultra modern urban lifestyles can be readily adapted to more closely respond to demands that reflect our evolutionary origins, leading to quantifiably-enhanced wellbeing.

As a worked example, our UCL campus is considered from this evolutionary perspective. This naturally embraces many green issues, with implications for staff, students, the built fabric, sports facilities, lifts, cafes, cycle–racks and green space.