Department of Greek & Latin


Greek and Latin Green Impact Award

14 July 2021

The Department for Greek and Latin won the Gold Award for Green Impact in 2021.


The Department for Greek and Latin won the Gold Award for Green Impact Award in 2021 as a recognition of its efforts towards sustainability (following on from a Gold Award in 2018, 2019, 2020 and a Silver Award in 2017).

The Department has already begun working towards next year's award - please contact Alex Balciunas if you would like more information and learn how to get involved.

Sustainability Commitments 2020/21 for Greek and Latin:

- participate again in Green Impact

- participate again in the Big Easter and Christmas Switch-offs

- pass on communications from the UCL sustainability team to the department

- commitment to UCL's Heating and Cooling Policy

- conduct basic energy, waste and recycling surveys

- switch off lights, computers and other machines when not in use

- encourage staff members to send papers and agendas electronically rather than printing them

- upload teaching materials on Moodle rather than producing paper handouts

- electronic submission process for coursework (Moodle for UG submissions and exclusively for PGT submissions)

- avoid domestic flights when travelling for work and use public transport or walk or cycle where possible

- enable virtual meetings where possible to reduce the need for travelling (e.g. for external examiners)

- avoid use of single-use plastic cups and bottles: use reusable mugs or Frugal cups and refillable bottles instead (water available in Department)

- order 50% of all catering for meetings and events that is vegetarian or vegan

- request a compost bin from Sodexo for large events

- order Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar

- use environmentally friendly (for example, EU Ecolabel) products in kitchen and offices

- purchase copy paper which is 100% recycled content

- combine orders with suppliers to reduce the number of individual deliveries onto site

- purchase envelopes, post-it notes, and other non-copy paper products that are made with at least 75% recycled content

- flag to procurement & Green UCL suppliers that are providing too much packaging

- recycle all electronic waste, including batteries, portable and non-portable electrical items

- check Warpit before purchasing office furniture

- encourage staff to make pledges on 'Do Nation'

Simple Steps to Go Green

Going Green Ideas for Printers

  • Buy and use recycled paper.
  • Save paper by not printing whenever possible. Put a prominent sign up in the office to remind users to print only when necessary.
  • Save paper by printing on both sides of a sheet of paper whenever possible.

Going Green Ideas for Computers

  • Turn off your computer when not in use.
  • Check computer settings for standby mode - if computers are unused for periods of time they should be set to go into standby mode within a short time.
  • Keep computer equipment updated; current new computers and monitors are more energy efficient than those more than a few years old.

Going Green Ideas for Lighting

  • Turn the lights off in rooms when not in use.
  • Replace standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED bulbs wherever possible. These use 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs while delivering the same light output.
  • Do not leave your office lights on overnight.

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