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Share your images of sustainability

Green UCL is gathering your interpretations and visualisations of key sustainability themes for their Annual Report. Winning entries will receive a £50 prize and coverage in this widely-read report.  More...

Published: Jan 28, 2015 2:42:00 PM

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

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.