UCL Green Impact Awards 2013: the winners

9 May 2013

Green Awards Gold Award

This year, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) Green Group retained the Gold Award. The Green Impact Gold Award is presented to the team which has achieved the greatest number of actions against the programme workbook.

The NUS Green Impact programme has been run at UCL for the second year running. The programme encourages teams to undertake a number of actions to reduce their environmental impacts - 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 outcomes:

  • Energy: This year an estimated 2011 people were reached by teams putting up awareness raising notices and posters encouraging people to switch of lights and equipment when not needed, potentially saving 7,038kg CO2 per year.
  • Waste: An estimated 1920 people have been reached by teams raising awareness to print and photocopy doublesided, potentially saving 108,594kg CO2 and £40,220 on resource costs this year across the institution.
  • Waste: An Estimated 1280 people have been reached by teams raising awareness around how to recycle different materials, potentially saving 41,068kg CO2.

The Green Impact Gold Award is presented to the team which has achieved the greatest number of actions against the programme workbook. This year, CEGE Green Group retained the Award which they won in 2011/12. Some of the elements which were identified by CEGE as key to their success included senior management support, engagement with and participation from the students and a collaborative approach to problem solving with all team members involved and given responsibility.

The Green UCL team would like to thank all the teams which took part. The programme will be running again in 2013/14 and we will be looking for even more teams to get involved.

Richard Jackson, Head of Environmental Sustainability, UCL Estates