The UCL Sustainability Awards celebrated the achievements of 60 departments!

21 September 2017

Last week the Sustainability Team hosted UCL’s fifth Sustainability Awards ceremony. The event celebrated the achievements of 60 teams and over 100 Green Champions who took part in Green Impact, UCL’s Sustainability Engagement Programme.

finance green team

With individuals becoming increasingly aware of the importance of environmental sustainability, this year saw the highest number of teams taking part in the programme, with a greater amount of departments achieving the highest awards. The amount of people involved in the programme this year was truly remarkable and the awards showcased the strength of the green community.

Sustainability championed by UCL’s leaders

To hallmark the achievements of the teams, Celia Caulcott, UCL’s Vice-Provost for Innovation & Enterprise, Graham Hart, Chair of UCL’s Environmental Sustainability Steering Group and Richard Jackson, Director of Sustainability at UCL presented the awards and thanked the teams for their hard work and enthusiasm. 

To mark the success of the teams who completed UCL’s new Sustainable Labs programme, Ted Smith, Director of Facilities and People at the Wellcome Trust gave an inspirational talk stating that:

" At Wellcome we are spending nearly a billion pounds each year on health related research and humanities based projects, but we've realised that it is all futile if the planet goes in the meantime, hence we need to make the health of our planet a priority.”

A sustainable event throughout


Sustainability ran throughout the event and showcased that events at UCL can have a reduced environmental impact. The ceremony itself took place at 22 Gordon Street, the Bartlett’s new home and one of UCL’s first buildings to be completed in the Transforming UCL Programme- of which sustainability is a top priority (see sustainability credentials here).


The awards presented to teams were upcycled from teak recovered from the Bloomsbury Theatre refurbishment. 

In addition the meal was entirely vegetarian and vegan and teams were asked to write down their vision of a sustainable university.

UCL PALS overall winners again!

pals award

While all of the teams who took part are winners, for the past few years, due to their astonishing contribution to sustainability, PALS have taken the overall crown. Not only did PALS achieve an Excellence Award for their Offices and a Platinum for their Labs, they also undertook 6 projects. For this reason they were given 25 tickets for the Eden Project.

A full list of this year’s award-winners can be found below. 

Bronze Award Winners
Silver Award Winners
Gold Award Winners
Platinum Award Winners
Excellence Award Winners
Project Award Winners
Overal Winner: PALS

Can you beat PALS?

Green Impact will launch again in November. If you are a student or staff member who would like to get involved see our current opportunities here. Training will commence on November 1st.

" There are very few award ceremonies that are genuinely enjoyable but this is true of the UCL Green Impact Awards. The awards themselves are beautiful and I thought the speeches were really interesting and indicated senior management buy-in to our green goals. Thanks to Hannah and the team for all the help and advice.