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Now in their eleventh year, the Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. And UCL is a finalist in these awards for its pioneering approach to reducing vehicles on its Bloomsbury campus. More...
Published: Jul 10, 2015 10:11:00 AM
Each year, it costs around £14 million and produces
over 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide to power UCL's estate and operations. And to manage
this impact, we must be able to map and measure it.
Published: Jul 1, 2015 10:01:00 AM
With support from the UCL Sustainability Team, the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) is looking for students to develop innovative uses for technology to help make the university more sustainable. The competition has a £500 prize and the winning entry may be implemented across UCL. More...
Published: Jun 12, 2015 12:51:00 PM
The construction and demolition projects taking place as part of UCL's transformation have been brought to life by the Department of Chemistry's Artist in Residence.
Published: May 28, 2015 2:51:00 PM
Staff Green Champions
After recent changes to the UCL academic manual, it is now stipulated that all departments should have a member of staff charged with environmental responsibilities. And having a Green Champion is an excellent way to achieve this. Staff Green Champions support UCL’s environmental sustainability agenda and help improve UCL’s green performance. The role is flexible and varied, but as a staff Green Champion, you could:
- Make sure that all new staff and students complete Green UCL's Environmental Awareness moodle course as part of their induction. This is an essential introduction to the key concepts of sustainability and what these mean for UCL.
- Ensure that your department takes part in UCL's Green Impact programme, and help with its delivery.
- Ensure that departmental colleagues are aware of your contact details and role as Green Champion.
- Encourage and gather ideas and feedback from departmental colleagues on ways to improving your department's environmental performance.
- Use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to help spread awareness about Green UCL events, programmes and initiatives.
- Explain new initiatives (such as recycling bins) to colleagues and seek to elicit their co-operation and support.
- Attend and participate in forums and meetings of the Green Champions’ network.
- Encourage green procurement by consulting with departmental purchasing officers (e.g. using recycled paper office products, purchasing A* energy rated electrical appliances, reducing the number of printers by encouraging printer sharing).
- Liaise with the departmental Estates representative to ensure that maintenance issues are reported and resolved promptly (e.g. faulty heating, dripping taps).
Become a staff Green Champion
If you'd like to become a Green Champion, or if you have any questions about the role, please contact Lead Green Champion Janet Hope. You can also sign up to the Green Champions mailing list to get updates and information about the work of Green Champions across the university.