UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SSEES Green Initiatives

Environmental Statement

SSEES is committed to reducing waste, reducing energy usage and increasing the re-use and recycling of office materials. As part of these efforts SSEES has:

  • replaced its water fountain with a more efficient model and updated the signposting in order to give a better access and reduce bottled water consumption in the building. The water fountain is located on the first floor of the SSEES building and it is easily accessible for both SSEES and SSEES Library staff and students.
  • switched to 100% recycled paper for all printing
  • added a sustainability best practice section to all staff inductions
  • continued to work with UCL Estates to improve the environmental management of the SSEES building so that less additional heating and cooling is necessary
  • improved awareness and increased the use of video conferencing facilities
  • evaluated its procurement strategy to purchase in a more sustainable and responsible way
  • improved communication of environmental issues to staff and students

But there's much more to be done!

Read UCL's Biodiversity strategy & Action Plan here. Please visit the Green UCL pages for more information.

Green Events and Promotions

Big Easter Switch Off: the results!

Congratulations and thank you everyone who joined in with the Big Easter Switch Off. The energy savings you’ve helped make really is proof that we can all play a part in improving UCL’s environmental impact.

Congratulations to the Division of Psychiatry who have won the competition to get the largest number of team pledges. SSEES staff and students got a special mention and are highly commended for our efforts! Well done everyone!

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Help SSEES win The Big Easter Switch Off!

Sign the pledge to switch off your appliances for the Easter break and SSEES could win some great Fairtrade prizes.

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Use Garamond font to save ink

Our Green Team has come across a new idea to save resources and reduce waste. Suvir Mirchandani, 14, from the USA came up with this easy way to save on expensive toner cartridges for his school science fair project. He tested four different typefaces: Garamond, Times New Roman, Century Gothic and Comic Sans and found that Garamond had the thinnest strokes and thus used much less ink. Therefore, if you must print, try using Garamond and you might find you have to change that toner cartridge less often.

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Sustainability Diagram

UCL offers a moodle course to introduce the key concepts of sustainability and what these mean for you at UCL. We will also make links to research and teaching at UCL so that you can develop an understanding of UCLs global sustainability influence. You can now take a short quiz and the end of the course to test what you have learnt. This will generate a completion certificate for your course.

Waste and Recycling at UCL - How it's done

UCL avoids sending waste to landfill. It does this through an effective system of re-use, recycling and incineration with energy recovery. For more information, read the detailed recycling and waste disposal procedure document produced by UCL Estates

 How different types of waste are dealt with at UCL
 Item of Waste
Method of disposal 
Mixed Recycling - paper, card, plastic, drinks cans, takeaway coffee cups, magazines etc. These items produced by everyday activities should be placed in bins with clear liners. These bins are removed from UCL to be sorted where approximately 95% can be recycled with the remaining 5% being sent for incineration with energy recovery. NO WASTE IS SENT DIRECTLY TO LANDFILL
Non-Recyclable Waste - food, packaging contaminated with food, polystyrene etc. This is placed in bins with red liners. These bins are removed by UCL contractors for incineration with energy recovery.
Glass Small quantities of glass can be placed in bins with clear liners with mixed recycling. Manpreet Karir should be informed of larger quantities which will be removed by UCL contractors for recycling.
Electrical Waste Manpreet Karir should be notified of all electronic waste. Such items are removed by UCL contractors and recycled in bulk.
Furniture and other bulky waste Manpreet Karir should be notified of all bulky waste. Such items are removed by UCL contractors and recycled in bulk. 92% of such waste in recycled, the remainder is incinerated with energy recovery.
Reusable items should be posted on WARPit, contact Lilla Bettiol
Confidential Waste Confidential waste should be shredded by departments and recycled as normal office paper waste. If shredding is not possible, papers should be placed in confidential waste bags available from the SSEES Admissions Office, Room 309. These bags are then removed by UCL contractors and shredded within 3 hours of leaving UCL.
Batteries Many UCL buildings have a battery recycling bin located near the main entrance or reception. The battery recycling bin at SSEES is located in the Junior Common Room on the 4th floor. Used batteries are periodically transported in bulk to an external site where they are broken into their component metals for recycling.

Have an idea to save energy? Get in touch!

The Green Champion for SSEES is Lilla Bettiol and is your first point of contact for all queries and suggestions related to environmental sustainability at SSEES.