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Green Impact 2016

Green Impact 2016

Green Impact Award Ceremony 2016
The Division retains its title as UCL’s most active department

We have set up a Green Impact Team and for the third consecutive year, we have been recognised as the greenest department in UCL, 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.

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 2015-16 - PALS is UCL's Greenest Department ... again.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the UCL Green Impact 2016 Award for Excellence in Sustainability.

The four excellence projects PALS completed as part of the 2015-16 scheme were as:

green excellence projects

Passing on good practice and improving the UCL Green Community: PALS has been UCL’s greenest department for the last two years and previously had been very prominent in the Green Impact Programme. We wanted to widen our profile beyond PALS so that other departments could benefit from our experience and knowledge. Our aim was to engage with the UCL wider community, particularly in our home Faculty, and to pass on good practice where possible. We organised a Divisional Green Day; set up a Twitter hashtag #PALSGREENDAY16, shared our work at the UCL Professional Services Conference and at departmental meetings across UCL, and much more.

green excellence projects


Inconsistencies between universities’ environmental policies and actions reduce staff and students’ intentions to perform and to enact pro-environmental behaviours
: One overarching goal of Experimental Psychology at UCL is to conduct experiments to understand human behaviour, including how individuals make complex decisions. The goal of this project is to bring the Department’s expertise in conducting experimental studies to bear on the latter topic. In particular, we will conduct two studies to help us understand how university community members make decisions regarding adoption of pro-environmental behaviours (PEBs). These studies are expected to yield results that will help guide both UCL and other universities in increasing adoption of PEBs among staff and students.

green excellence projects

A Lecture-to-Lecture Feedback System: A pervasive and persistent problem at UCL is feedback - at the moment, most of the ratings are submitted on paper-based forms resulting in significant usage of paper across UCL. We propose a lecture-to-lecture feedback system that can be integrated into the UCL Go! app across all subjects and modules. Students would be given 5 minutes at the end of the lecture to rate it via their mobile phones or tablets. This innovative approach would not only improve UCL’s environmental performance but save it money and make it more efficient by hopefully improving ratings feedback as well as significantly reducing paper usage across UCL.

green excellence projects

Squeeze my Green Balls -  an interactive installation to raise environmental awareness of staff and students and to encourage them to kick-start pro-environmental habits: To paraphrase Barack Obama, we won’t solve global warming by changing the lightbulbs in Bedford Way, we need some collective action. A significant impact requires a campaign to raise the awareness of staff and students and kick-start pro-environmental habits. To attract attention, we created a playful interactive installation based on our existing research which we called the Green Ball Kiosk. The Kiosk consisted of a set of green squeezy balls that varied in shade from light to dark.  Staff and students were invited to rate themselves each day on how green they have been that day. We wanted to set up a fun, interactive and memorable way for the Division’s staff and students to get involved. We wanted to attract their attention, to stimulate discussions about environmental issues, and to encourage them to reflect on their habits and to adopt/maintain pro-environmental behaviours.

PALS Green Impact Video

As part of Green Impact 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

The UCL Environment Awareness e-Learning course focuses on environmental good practice and is an essential introduction to sustainability at UCL.

Ways in which you can help:

Further information on environmental issues

Contact

Contact the Divisional Green Team for advice.

If you want to join the Green Impact Team then please contact John Draper.

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