UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


EEE takes home Bronze and Gold at UCL Sustainability Awards

23 July 2020

EEE won Bronze and Gold at the UCL Sustainability Awards last week. The winning initiatives were led by Dr. Steve Hudziak, the department’s Green Champion and the Nanotechnology Laboratory Manager, along with students William Li and Prisca Winata.

sustainability awards

The UCL Sustainability Awards are given out based on departments’ completion of the Green Impact Workbook, and the last time EEE received recognition was in 2012. The Green Impact is an annual staff and student led programme to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice across UCL. This year, participating teams could complete an Office Workbook or a project, and EEE did both.

Dr. Hudziak worked to accomplish a list of objectives which formed part of the Bronze category and was audited by the UCL Sustainability Team on how he had achieved the goals set out. Steve worked with colleagues from across the department to deliver the goals and ultimately achieve a Bronze Award.

Dr. Hudziak says: “I would like to point out that this is the first time for EEE in eight years to achieve a sustainability award. Thank you to everyone who joined us on this journey. Achieving something like this for a department like ours was extremely difficult due to the department’s size and resources required. Not surprisingly, we use a lot of electricity in EEE but we managed to show that it was justified. Next year, with more support, I hope we will be able to get a silver award. “

Steve and the student team won the Gold Award for their ‘Zero Waste Day’ project which consisted of an event and campaign to inform people about recycling and its impact. To help promote their idea, the team created a series of videos. You can watch one of these videos titled ‘How To Recycle’ on our YouTube Channel. The event was going to take place during the pandemic, and it had to be rescheduled for a later date.