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Design and create a garden to boost biodiversity at UCL

The Sustainability Team and UCL IoE Gardening Project are offering staff and students the chance to design and create one of four biodiversity-boosting raised beds in Sarah's Garden on the roof terrace at the UCL Institute of Education.
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Published: Mar 31, 2015 2:26:00 PM

Cruciform Hub awarded Gold for green credentials

The recently-refurbished Cruciform Hub has received a RICS Ska Gold award for its environmental credentials, which include energy efficient lighting throughout, use of sustainable timber and 99% of all waste generated by the project avoiding landfill. More...

Published: Mar 25, 2015 1:01:00 PM

UCL student a finalist in Mayor of London's Low Carbon competition

Louis's 'Gaia Gallery' project is based in a heritage canal boat and aims to create the UK’s first entirely off-grid touring event space. The project is volunteer-led and has been shaped by a carbon neutral design that incorporates alternative technologies, reclaimed materials and natural building methods. The barge is also currently being converted to operate on recycled vegetable oil, further improving the impact of the project. More...

Published: Mar 18, 2015 1:17:00 PM

Free cycle tours of London (bikes provided!)

After the success of our first rides, we're running more guided cycle tours around London for UCL students. All abilities are welcome, whether you're a cycling fanatic or a total beginner. Even if you don't have a bike, don't worry; we can provide one.
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Published: Mar 16, 2015 10:04:00 AM

Bloomsbury Theatre’s energy savings

electricity usage is now down to less than 15 kWh a day; nearly seven times less

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Sitting at the heart of UCL’s Bloomsbury campus, the 535-seat Bloomsbury Theatre is used by UCL students for 12 weeks a year, with a range of comedy, opera and music events for the remainder of the time. 

The existing incandescent lighting scheme at the Bloomsbury Theatre dated back to its opening in 1968. Although this lighting offered the warmth and dimming capability that the theatre needed, it had become a drain on energy and resources. The incandescent lamps ‘popped’ so often that the theatre maintenance staff spent an average of four hours a week changing the dead bulbs.

Previously, the theatre’s 114 incandescent lamps (drawing combined nearly 7kw) used up to almost 100kWh of electricity a day.

Now the theatre has replaced their incandescent lamps with 114 LED downlighters (combined around 1kW). Their electricity usage is now down to less than 15 kWh a day; nearly seven times less. The LEDs also have an average lifespan of 30,000 hours, so instead of spending 2-4 hours a week changing lamps, they haven’t had to replace any since.

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