Green UCL


Governance and Resources

Environmental Sustainability is a working partnership throughout UCL.

As UCL takes its environmental commitments extremely seriously, sponsorship, leadership and resource allocation for reducing UCL's environmental impacts are provided from the Provost and the Council through the senior management team (SMT). Membership of the council can be found here. UCL's sustainability impacts are reviewed annually by the SMT.

Environmental Sustainability Steering Group (ESSG)

The ESSG has been identified by the senior management team as the forum for all key stakeholder representations (including students) to meet, review and agree key environmental sustainability initiatives, propose targets and monitor performance. Decisions made by the ESSG are reported back to UCL's senior management team and are subject to the nature of decision by UCL's council. Members of the ESSG include:

  • Chair: Professor Gerinat Rees (Dean of UCL Faculty of Life Sciences)
  • Secretariat: Richard Jackson (Sustainability Director, UCL Estates)

Professional services repersentation

  • Dr Clare Bentall (VP office, Education)
  • Ms Aimee Kleinman (UCL Communications)
  • Mr Andrew Dawson (ISD)
  • Mr John Feraday (Procurement)
  • Mrs Francesca Fryer (Estates)
  • Dr Max Hill (HR & governance)
  • Dr James Paskins (VP office, Research)
  • Mr Jerry Allen (VP office, Enterprise)

Teaching, research and enterprise

  • Professor Sarah Bell (Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering)
  • Dr Ben Croxford (Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources)
  • Professor Jane Holder (Faculty of Law)
  • Dr Ilan Kelman (Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction)
  • Professor Susan Michie (Clinical, Edu & Health Psychology)
  • Professor Yvonne Rydin (Bartlett, School of Planning)
  • Professor Andrea Sella (Chemistry)
  • Professor Julia Stegemann (Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)
  • Professor Douglas Bourn (Institute of Education)

Schools faculties and departmental staff

  • Miss Dhesi Manpreet (Bartlett)
  • Mr John Draper (SLMS & Lead Green Champion)
  • Mr Mark Dixon (Sainsbury Wellcome Centre)

Wider influence

  • Mr Brian Kavanagh (Trade Union Representative)
  • Mr Hamza Jamshaid (Students Union UCL)

For further information, see: Terms of Reference and details on the responsibilities of the Chair.

Student representation

UCL has a number of formal committees. Membership of many of the Committee includes student representation:

  • Council – Student representation is provided by the Sustainability, Engagement and Operations Officer of the UCL Union, see here.
  • Finance Committee – Student representation is provided by the Sustainability, Engagement and Operations Officer, see here.
  • Investment Committee – Student representation is provided by the Sustainability, Engagement and Operations Officer, see here.
  • Estates matters are discussed at the Estates Management Committee but reported to the Finance Committee

A full list of formal committees and reporting lines for each committee can be found here.

Budget for Sustainability

Capital budget

UCL is spending £1.2 billion on its estate over the next 10 years. As part of this, UCL requires all capital and strategic maintenance projects to achieve te requirements set out in its Sustainable Building Standard. This sets highly ambitious targets for the integration of sustainability into projects.

In addition, UCL will be investing £4.5 million in energy saving improvements/environmental projects to existing buildings over the next 5 years. This investment will include renewable projects, greening projects, insulation, more efficient equipment (such as boilers and lights), and improving the central control system for heating, cooling and lighting. Energy bill savings from these actions will be reinvested into further energy efficiency projects.

In the past year, some of the energy/environmental projects have included:

  • Improvements to the building management systems
  • Investment in new lighting systems
  • Replacement of inefficient lab equipment

Operational budget

In addition, UCL continues to provide financial support to a number of operational sustainability initiatives including:

  • Engagement with the UCL community through Green Impact, Student Switch Off and other initiatives
  • Support for department initiatives

UCL provides a dedicated budget of over £50,000 a year for sustainability engagement with the UCL community, plus over £250,000 for environmental improvement projects. This has remained constant over the past five years to enable the delivery of UCL's strategic goals.