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A new approach to recycling at UCL

As part of UCL’s ongoing work to improve recycling rates, a new approach to waste and recycling is being introduced across the university. This includes a new way to segregate waste, the introduction of hundreds of news bins and a unified waste signage scheme.  More...

Published: Sep 19, 2014 11:02:00 AM

New bike racks installed around UCL

As part of UCL's ongoing work to improve cycling facilities for staff and students, the UCL Sustainability Team have completed the installation of new parking spaces for 181 bikes around the Bloomsbury campus.  More...

Published: Aug 19, 2014 9:30:00 AM

UCL engineers work with contractors to boost biodiversity

The replacement of air handling equipment on a roof at 1-19 Torrington Place has been used to trial an innovative approach to working with UCL's contractors to boost biodiversity.  More...

Published: Aug 12, 2014 2:02:00 PM

Green UCL Annual Report published 

Green UCL’s Annual Report for 2012-13 is now ready. This report showcases examples of best practice and sets out our progress in creating a more sustainable UCL. More...

Published: Aug 5, 2014 3:54:00 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.