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Sustainability at the IAA Festival

Sustainability is a major priority for UCL and we are working hard to make sure It’s All Academic has as low an environmental impact as possible.

Below are a few of the actions we are taking.

Towards Zero Waste
In line with UCL’s plans to be a single-use-plastic free campus, all exhibitions and activities have been designed to have minimal waste. We have tried to reduce printing, by making more content available across digital platforms such as the Festival App and Website. All paper used for flyers and posters has been printed on recycled paper. 

Free water dispensers will be available across the campus so please bring your reusable bottles and cups. We will also be handing out reusable glasses on the day (small deposit required). 

And don’t forget you can enjoy guilt-free face-painting will our biodegradable glitter!

Net Zero Carbon Emissions
In line with UCL’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2030, the Office of the Vice-Provost Advancement is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions. We have worked hard to identify sources of emissions and reduce these, where it’s not possible we have offset the emissions through financing renewable energy projects in over 15 countries worldwide. As a result we are proud to say the It’s All Academic Festival has a net zero carbon footprint.

We have worked with our catering supplier Sodexo to identify ways in which we can reduce the use of disposable cups and water bottles.

All the catering supplied will be fully vegetarian and vegan as well as catering to a number of other dietary requirements and we have ensured that there is no food waste following the event.

All attendees are encouraged to use public transport to access the festival to reduce carbon emissions and lower your carbon footprint. 

Sustainability Content
As well as taking actions to reduce the environmental impact of the It’s All Academic Festival, we have scheduled a number of tours, workshops and activities on the theme of sustainability.

These include Sustainability Tours (at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00), a workshop on the Anthropocene hosted by Professor Mark Maslin, a workshop with The Bartlett's Robert Newcombe about sustainability, identity and citizenship, an interactive demonstration of fuel cells and batteries with Ucell, and an immersive exhibition demonstrating the latest in renewable energy technology, the internet of things (IoT) devices and sustainable thinking with People Power.