Taking care of our environment
priority for our civilization is to adapt the way we live and work, so as to
reduce our impact on the environment and stop climate change. In support of
this endeavour, we are trying to make our Division a greener one.
We have set up a Green Impact Team and in 2014 we were awarded Platinum in the recent UCL Green Impact Programme Competition. This means PaLS is UCL's greenest department, but we will need to continue to work hard in order to become even greener in the years to come.
The rankings of the People & Planet University League 2015 show UCL's jump forward in its environmental and ethical performance. UCL is ranked 29th out of 151 UK universities. In 2014, UCL was ranked 61st, so this is a great achievement. Read more about this story on the UCL Sustainability pages.
Green Impact 2014-15
This year Green Impact will be run slightly different from previous years as, in addition to maintaining our environmental presence, we will undertake a number of projects:
- Communications: We aim to increase communications through these pages. The PALS Twitter feed @UCLPALS will produce a daily Green Impact tweet. The UCL Sustainability Unit
will present to the Psychology Society.
- We ran a PALS Green Impact Day on 19 March 2014 - events took place across PALS buildings. See the slides from the day (PDF) and the programme of events (PDF)
Environmental Improvement Award Competition - Winning idea - Anna Cox, Yvonne Rogers and Sarah Gallacher for their project 'Squeeze My Green Balls'. Following guidance from the University of Berkley, California they propose a project that: (i) attracts attention; (ii) considers the target audience; (iii) uses persuasive messages; (iv) considers how best to deliver those messages; and (v) employs research-led behaviour change strategies.
Green Ball Kiosk
1. To attract attention, we will create an interactive installation - a squeeze kiosk - based on our existing research. The kiosk consists of a set of green squeezy balls that vary in shade from light to dark. Staff and students will be invited to rate themselves each day on how green they have been that day.
2. The target audience consists of staff and students across PALS. Our kiosk will therefore be located in each of the buildings in which PALS staff reside.
3. The kiosk will be accompanied by a series of reminders of easily adopted pro-environmental behaviours e.g. choosing tap water over bottled, walking or cycling to work, using a canvas bag, turning the heating down, printing double sided etc.
4. “Conversation has more impact than posters, videos, or emails”. Our research has already shown that this installation encourages discussion. Our fun exhibit will raise awareness and encourage discussion of environmental issues amongst those in the building.
5. The data collected by the interactive kiosk at each location will be displayed via the video screens in each of the buildings, creating healthy competition between locations, and nudging people into making pro-environmental choices. We will evaluate the project in order to measure its impact.
The kiosks will be set up in an appropriate place in each of PALS’ buildings.
- Green Impact Logo Competition- Winner - Sandy Gould (UCLIC) see the winning logo above.
Academic Projects: We have agreed three exciting and diverse academic projects that will aim to improve our environmental performance and awareness.
- Psychology experiments around the adoption of pro-environmental behaviour - as part of our UCL Green Impact efforts, we are trying to understand university wide intentions related to the environment and sustainability. UCL staff and students were invited to complete a brief survey.
- Evaluating a Waste Management Intervention to Promote Recycling.
- Producing 'Green' Apps (UCLIC).
PALS Green Impact Video
As part of Green Impact 2014-15, PALS has put together a short film highlighting our green impact which includes a host of familiar faces and sparkly shirts...
The UCL Environment Awareness e-Learning course
- Evironment Awareness E-Learning course (Moodle)
- Contact the Environmental Sustainability team for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
UCL Green Resolutions film
George Joseph talks about PALS New Year’s Green resolutions in this film showing how much action is being taken across UCL to improve our environmental impact.
Ways in which you can help:
Further information on environmental issues
Divisional Green Team for advice.
If you want to join the Green Impact Team
then please contact John Draper.