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The NUS Green Impact programme has been in progress at UCL for the second year running. The programme encourages teams to undertake a number of actions to reduce their environmental impacts - thereby contributing to UCL's overall environmental sustainability programme. In 2011/12, 19 UCL teams signed up and completed actions as part of Green Impact. In 2012/13, 29 teams have got involved in the programme and undertaken actions ranging from the purchase of sustainable food to the use of UCL's waste reuse scheme, WarpIt. As a result of the programme, UCL was able to achieve the following More...
Published: May 2, 2013 11:55:53 AM
The next Green Champions Forum will take place on Wednesday April 10th 1-2pm in G01 Central House. Lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people and any dietary requirements. More...
Published: Mar 11, 2013 10:39:22 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.