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

WARPit Competition Now On

Between Tuesday 18th, until Friday 28th February, the member of staff that lists the most items* on UCL's WARPit site will win some brilliant Fairtrade prizes (as well as the knowledge that you’re making a real reduction to our environmental impact!) More...

Published: Feb 18, 2014 10:38:00 AM

Green Volunteering Fair - Wednesday 12th February

Come along to UCLU and Green UCL’s Green Volunteering Fair, 6-8pm on Wednesday 12th February 2014 to find out about a huge variety of ways to make a positive environmental impact.  More...

Published: Feb 7, 2014 10:46:00 AM

Green Impact February League Table

The latest results of the Green Impact are in! As always, big congratulations to all teams involved - we have a record number of teams taking part and nearly 600 actions taken as a result of the programme so far. More...

Published: Feb 6, 2014 11:35:00 AM

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.