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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

Free environmental auditor training for students and staff

The Sustainability Team is running free environmental auditor training sessions to cover the basics of how to undertake an audit, and to give an opportunity to conduct an audit of a UCL building.  More...

Published: Jan 8, 2015 11:53:00 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.