The UCL Sustainability Team drives forward the university's key sustainability aims. We work with the UCL community to embed sustainability into research, buildings and behaviours at UCL, and beyond. Our work improves sustainability literacy, increases efficiency, saves money and helps create more pleasant spaces to work and study. Find out more about what we do, and see our profiles below.
The Sustainability Team
- Richard Jackson: Sustainability Director
Since taking up his position at UCL in 2011, Richard has been leading the development and implementation of UCL's environmental sustainability strategy. This has included the development and management of UCL's Sustainability Team and its work to embed sustainability throughout UCL: working with the UCL Estate team to incorporate sustainability standards and targets into their refurbishment and maintenance activities; to encourage the UCL community to contribute to the sustainability objectives; and to integrate sustainability into research and teaching.
- Joanna Marshall-Cook: Senior Sustainability Manager (Energy and Carbon)
Joanna is leading our transition to a low carbon institution; engaging the UCL community to self-deliver sustainability, embedding carbon reductions into the Estates Transformation programme, and integrating circular economy principles throughout the organisation.
- Ben Stubbs: Senior Sustainability Manager (Built Environment)
Ben works across the UCL estate to make sure that our buildings are designed, built and operated as sustainably as possible. This helps us to improve our energy and carbon performance; use material and water resources more efficiently; optimise the working environment for our students and staff; and ensure that our facilities exceed expectations well into the future.
- Emma Shirbon: Environmental, Health and Safety Manager
Emma is the EHS systems manager, working with UCL estates to embed environmental, health and safety requirements into all aspects of their work (including noise mitigation, air quality improvements, reducing construction impacts). She oversees the Estates EHS Steering Group and regularly reports to the Director, Sustainability on progress against the EHS system requirements.
Emma works with Alex Jones who oversees the UCL Environmental Management System, ensurng the requirements of the ISO 14001: 2015 standard are embedded into UCL processes, monitoring compliance and driving continuous improvement.
- Tony Overbury: EHS Specialist
Tony is supporting the implementation of the ISO14001 environmental management system across the UCL estate. The particular focus of Tony’s work is to monitor the effectiveness of the system through internal audits of departments.
- Ciaran Jebb: Assistant Sustainability Manager (Energy)
Ciaran supports improvements to UCL’s energy management, through better monitoring and reporting of our energy consumption and carbon emissions, projects to increase the amount of renewable energy generated at UCL and smarter controls for building heating and cooling systems. He manages UCL’s £15m utilities budget and compliance with UCL’s legal obligations relating to carbon reduction, and is also responsible for promoting sustainable travel at UCL.
- Hannah Biggs: Sustainability Communications Officer
Hannah's role is to engage staff and students in UCL’s sustainability initiatives, to increase pro-environmental behaviour among the UCL community and to reduce UCL's environmental impact. She leads the design and coordination of a range of sustainability events, competitions and fairs and oversees the development of Green Impact and Student Switch-Off.
- Alex Jones: Environment, Health and Safety Officer
Alex works on managing and delivering UCL’s Environmental Management System, which includes identifying environmental impacts, supporting measures to minimise them, and engaging with departments to support the system. Alex also works closely with the central procurement team to ensure the goods and services that UCL purchases are responsible and have a low environmental impact.
- Martin Farley: Sustainability Labs Advisor
Martin works primarily with ‘wet-lab’ research spaces at UCL. Consuming up to 2/3 of the energy at UCL, laboratory buildings are a prime area to achieve energy and material savings. To accomplish this, Martin is helping run the laboratory’s portion or Green Impact, as well as running laboratory projects. His ultimate goal is to reduce the energy required to accomplish better quality research.
- Eve Nelson: Sustainability Projects Officer
Eve works as part of the team to help define UCL’s new sustainability strategy, including the three signature programmes: greening Bloomsbury, climate change action and sustainable consumption. She works on delivery of these programmes, through implementing a variety of projects and initiatives with students and staff to improve UCL’s Sustainability Performance, boost engagement and encourage positive behaviour change in sustainability across campus.
- Phil Barnett: Logistics Manager
Phil provides logistics expertise for UCL Estates and primarily for the Transforming programme ensuring UCL's Construction Management Plan Strategy is followed in a sustainable manner.
- Simon Knowles: Senior Communications Manager
Simon is responsible for keeping our community informed about the many construction projects across the UCL campus, as well as changes to access arrangements and promoting our good news stories. She works closely with Hannah to ensure our Sustainability agenda is also addressed within the wider UCL Estates communications.
- Victoria Buckland: Team Support - full time
Victoria provides team support to the UCL Sustainability team - helping the team with arranging events and engaging with key stakeholders. She also provides support on the team's communications.
- Abiola Olanipekun: Communications Specialist
This team member will support the communication of Transforming UCL projects, producing web and social media content, and coming up with new ways to engage the UCL community with the architecture and construction projects on campus.
- Gary Stratmann: Facilities Waste Manager
Gary has management oversite of all waste, recycling and reuse services across UCL and works with staff, students, services providers and colleagues in Estates to managed waste as efficiently and sustainably as possible.
- Hannah Martin: Team Support
Elizabeth provides team support to the UCL Sustainability team - helping the team with arranging events and engaging with key stakeholders. She also provides support on the team's communications.
- Stephen McKinnell: Bloomsbury Heat and Power Manager
Stephen is based at SOAS but manages the Bloomsbury Heat and Power (BHP) system which provides low carbon heat and electricity to a number of UCL buildings. He is currently working on the future strategy for the BHP system to improve its efficiency. Stephen also provides energy management support to the BHP members including UCL and is currently helping to develop a long term strategy for UCL’s other district heating network and provides technical energy advice for refurbishment and new building projects at UCL
- Ben Humphreys: Building Management System, Energy Engineer
Ben works on improving the control of heating, cooling and ventilation in UCL’s buildings through our Building Management System. He is helping to ensure that we provide a comfortable environment for staff and students while reducing the amount of energy we use.
- Graham Marshall: Building Management System, Principal Engineer
Graham works on improving the control of heating, cooling and ventilation in UCL’s buildings through our Building Management System. He is helping to ensure that we provide a comfortable environment for staff and students while reducing the amount of energy we use.