Green Awareness

  • Travel - find out about how you can do your bit to reduce carbon emissions by changing the way you travel.
  • Recycling - find out about UCL's recycling systems
  • Consumption - see how much energy the Faculty of Brain Sciences uses and how you can help reduce it. 

Taking care of our environment

A current 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 for the second 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.

PALS Green Impact 2015 - winners
Green Impact 2015 Award Ceremony
 Green Impact 2015 Award for Excellence in Sustainability Green Impact 2014 Award Ceremony

Green Impact 2014-15 - PALS is UCL's Greenest Department

PALS Green Impact logo

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the UCL Green Impact 2015 Award for Excellence in Sustainability which is a new and prestigious award.

The four excellence projects PALS completed as part of the 2014-15 scheme were as:

  • Its Not Easy Being Green (led by John Draper)
  • Experimental research on factors influencing the decision to adopt pro-environmental behaviours by UCL community members (led by Jeremy Skipper)
  • Student competition inviting UCL students to develop innovative uses for technology to get staff and students more engaged with green issues and improve the sustainability of UCL (led by Louise Gaynor)
  • Evaluating a waste management intervention to promote recycling behaviour change at UCL (led by Caroline Wood and the Centre for Behaviour Change)

Other activities run by the Green Impact team in 2014-15 included:

  • 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)
  • Competitions.

    • 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.

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

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

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


Contact the Divisional Green Team for advice.

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

Green Impact