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

Melvin Wan (Psychology): Gardens by the Bay: Singapore’s Model for Sustainable Development

Occupying 101 hectares of land in Singapore, the Gardens by the Bay represents a futuristic vision of sustainable development. Designed in 2006, the Gardens by the Bay boasts of the world’s largest climate-controlled conservatories, housing diverse flora species including those from threatened habitats, aiming to be an educational model for sustainable development and conservation. The two glass biomes employ energy-efficient methods in cooling: solar heat gain is minimised by using specially selected glass; cooling is strategically done at the lower levels, allowing warmer air to rise and be vented out; air is dehumidified to enable faster cooling; and the electricity used is generated from horticultural waste collected. Outside the conservatories, solar panels and water collection systems are installed to harness solar power for lighting up the park and watering the plants. Employing state-of-the-art technology in its sustainability efforts, this stunning British-designed architecture is a strong statement in sustainable engineering.