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Bartlett Net Zero 2030

The Bartlett has pledged to become a net-zero faculty by 2030. This promise sits alongside our commitment to advancing climate action through our teaching and research.

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The Bartlett has pledged to become a net-zero carbon faculty by the year 2030. This aligns with UCL’s overall commitment to becoming a net-zero institution by the same year.

At The Bartlett, much of our built environment teaching and research focuses on how we can tackle the climate emergency. Our Together for Climate Action campaign in the run-up to COP26 focused our academic expertise on urgent global policy challenges. Our net-zero commitment acknowledges that we too must play our part in reducing global heating.

The Bartlett aims to take a leading role in demonstrating how organisations can play their part. Commitments like this are essential if we are to limit global heating to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Any higher, and we are likely to face environmental catastrophe. 

We will be running a regular blog to show how we are progressing towards this target, and publishing reports around different thematic areas (available below). You can also subscribe to our climate action newsletter to get the latest updates from across the faculty. All Bartlett staff and students are invited to get involved. Please fill out this form to let us know if you are interested in any particular areas.

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Bartlett climate action content

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Founder’s Keeper’s – a circular materials approach in the Bartlett School of Architecture

Two Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies BSc students discuss how, when it comes to encouraging greater circularity of 'waste' materials, context can be everything.

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Blue, gold and green: Sustainable energy in Ukraine

Crises arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have severely damaged the country's energy infrastructure. Sustainable energy could play a key role in meeting short-term needs and longer-term recovery.

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Bartlett Net Zero: Status, options and future potentials

UCL students have been carrying out studies related to The Bartlett's journey to net zero by 2030. Read the full reports here.

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Plane simple? The contradictions and contortions of travel and net zero

How can we reconcile the conflicting pressures of CO2 reduction and the academic necessity of travel?

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"The one less traveled by": Reducing emissions from transport

Using trains instead of planes doesn't only offer benefits relating to CO2 emissions, according to one advocate at UCL.

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The dirty truth about procurement

At The Bartlett, we’re looking at how to effectively understand and reduce our procurement emissions.

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Reducing CO2 emissions from The Bartlett's buildings

To reach net zero we must think about both energy usage in buildings on campus, and the sources from which we power them, writes our Faculty Lead for Climate Action.

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Stepping out on the road to net zero

Read the first in our blog series from Nick Hughes, Bartlett Faculty Lead for Climate Action. This post looks at why we’ve made our net-zero commitment – and how we’ll get there.

The Bartlett Net-Zero Advisory Group

It’s important that everyone across The Bartlett has the opportunity to contribute to, and comment upon, our net-zero strategy. That’s why we’ve set up a Net-Zero Advisory Group (NZAG).

The group consists of a representative of each of The Bartlett’s departments, plus a student representative, and our Sustainable UCL business partner. The group’s remit is to provide a strategic overview of the net-zero strategy, to represent the interests and concerns of Bartlett departments in relation to the net-zero strategy, and to communicate information about the net-zero strategy to the departments.

Members of the Bartlett are encouraged to contact their local NZAG member to discuss any issues relating to the net-zero strategy. You can read more about sustainability initiatives at The Bartlett, including the NZAG, on The Bartlett staff intranet.

Net-Zero Advisory Group

The Bartlett Centre for Applied Spatial Analysis: Duncan Smith
The Bartlett School of Architecture: Blanche Cameron
The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction: Anita Treso
The Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources: Daniel Scamman
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit: Rita Lambert
The Bartlett School of Planning: Naomi Jones
Institute for Global Prosperity: Mara Torres Pinedo
Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose: Isadora Spillman-Schappell
Faculty Office: Leda Parker
Faculty Office: Jenn Griffin-Walters
Sustainable UCL: Ben Stubbs
Student representative: Elisa Martini

Green Impact at The Bartlett

We are part of UCL's Green Impact scheme.

In 2023, we were awarded the highest Gold Award for our collective efforts..

We have several Green Champions across the faculty leading a network of staff and students who work together to review practices, develop policies, promote best practice, and stage events and competitions.

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Join and make a difference

If you’re a student or member of staff and you want to get involved in or lead Green Impact projects, you can join and help make a difference. Contact one of our Green Champions below to find out more, and if there is currently no Green Champion in your department, you can express your interest to bartlett.comms@ucl.ac.uk.

You can also visit the UCL Sustainability website for more information on central policies and practices at UCL.

Green Champions at The Bartlett

Leda Parker, Faculty Operations Officer – Sustainability (l.parker@ucl.ac.uk)

Jennifer Griffin-Walters, Safety and Facilities Officer (j.griffin-walters@ucl.ac.uk)

Helen Crane, Green Impact Manager (h.crane@ucl.ac.uk)

Robbie Macaulay, Faculty Learning Technology Lead (robbie.macaulay@ucl.ac.uk)

Naomi Jones, Bartlett School of Planning (n.jones@ucl.ac.uk)

Anita Treso, Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction (a.treso@ucl.ac.uk)

Diana Salazar, Bartlett Development Planning Unit (diana.salazar@ucl.ac.uk)

Emily Jennings, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (emily.jennings@ucl.ac.uk)

Green Impact at UCL

Main photo by Matt Artz on Unsplash. The Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska has been receding rapidly in the last few decades.