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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

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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

UCL action for sustainability celebrated at the Green Impact Awards

11 June 2014


UCL's President & Provost, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of the UCL community in tackling our environmental impacts this week at the Green Impact Award Ceremony.  

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Green Impact 2014 winners PALS are presented with their Platinum award by UCL President & Provost Michael Arthur

Green Impact is an annual programme that empowers staff and students to improve their departments’ environmental performance and boost the sustainability literacy of peers and colleagues. 32 teams received awards at the ceremony at the Grant Museum of Zoology, with Psychology and Language Science winning the programme overall.

Dr Marta Niccolai (Department of Italian), Scott Foulon (Library Services) and Miles Irving (Department of Geography) were also presented with Special Awards by the Provost for their efforts in engaging students, supporting colleagues and for making real improvements to environmental performance.   

Richard Jackson, Director of Sustainability, emphasised that the large year-on-year increase in the number of teams taking part was testament to the growing priority that sustainability is for the UCL community. He commended the teams, emphasising that they “show the real impact we can all make in terms of improving our impact, while saving money and resources”.  

UCL President & Provost Michael Arthur commended the “wonderful breadth of activity across the university” encouraged by the programme, and gave “a huge thank you, from me personally, and from the rest of UCL, for the extra mile you go”.

All photos from the award ceremony can be found on the Green UCL Facebook pageThe Green Impact programme for 2014-15 will launch again in September. To find out more about getting involved, please contact Alex Green

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32 teams received awards at the ceremony at the Grant Museum of Zoology

The full list of team awards:


Working towards Bronze

  • Immunology (Immunology team at the Royal Free Hospital)

Bronze Awards:

  • Bartlett Library
  • Drayton Green Dragons (Department of Economics)
  • Eastman Dental Library
  • Green Light (Department of Italian)
  • Greenpharm (School of Pharmacy Library)
  • Institute of Archaeology Library
  • Institute of Ophthalmology Library
  • Ortho (The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore) 
  • Residences
  • Student and Registry Services
  • Wickford Zero Waste (Wickford Library Store, Essex) 
  • Jewish Green (Jewish and Herbrew Studies)
  • UCL Language & Speech Science Library

Silver Awards:

  • Elite Green (the Combined Heat and Power Team)
  • Going for Green (Human Resources Division)
  • Green Counts (Finance and Business Affairs)
  • Institute of Child Health Library
  • Queen Square Library
  • Student Psychological Services

Gold Awards:

  • Action on Hearing Loss and Ear Institute Libraries 

Platinum Awards:

  • All the Other Good Names Argon (Department of Chemistry)
  • Green Comrades (SSEES Library)
  • Green Darwin (the Darwin Building team)
  • Green SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Royal Free (Royal Free Medical Library)
  • The Splat Green Team -  NIHR
  • UCL Main and Science Libraries
  • Green Careers (Careers Service) 
  • G.I. Geog (Department of Geography) 
  • PALS (Psychology and Language Science) 

All photos from the award ceremony can be found on the Green UCL Facebook page.