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2014 Green Impact Award for Darwin Building

23 June 2014

Congratulations Darwin Green Team on receipt of a Platinum Award presented by the UCL President & Provost Michael Arthur at the Green Impact Awards Ceremony held at the Grant Museum on the evening of Wednesday 11 June.

Michael Arthur and Elizabeth Sutton-Klein

Image: Elizabeth Sutton-Klein accepting the award on behalf of the team, with Michael Arthur.

Spurred on by last year’s success when the Darwin Green Team were awarded two bronze prizes, one of which was for their greening initiatives in the labs and offices, this year the team have driven forward more ambitious ideas to help staff within the two departments occupying the Darwin Building (GEE and SMB) to work in a more sustainable way. These included introducing sustainability as part of new staff inductions, encouraging the use of UCL WARPit for recycling unwanted items and pushing forward the use of on-line lab resource management to facilitate sharing of chemicals, reagents and equipment and more efficient management of their procurement and storage. Thanks also to the on-going refurbishment works, most of the floors in the Darwin Building now meet the RICS low carbon SKA rating.

Professor Gabriel Waksman, Head of Department for SMB, was delighted with the news and congratulated the Darwin Green team for creating a foundation for good working and laboratory practice to help reduce environmental impact.

Professor Andrew Pomiankowski, Head of Department for GEE, congratulated the team who had surpassed expectations. The Department is fully supportive of their initiatives and he thanked the team for helping to make the Darwin Building a greener place to work.

The team hope to do even better next year - and there is still plenty to do, they say. If you want to help or have any ideas, please contact Elizabeth Sutton-Klein (

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