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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

Green Impact Spring League Table

The results of Green Impact (so far) are in! Huge congratulations to everyone involved for a high number of actions taken already. Green Impact veterans PALS are in the lead, but there's still plenty of time to catch up and challenge them. And don’t be put off if your team hasn’t taken many actions yet - there are still almost three months to go until the final deadline for this year's programme (on 25/05/15).
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Published: Mar 6, 2015 4:50:00 PM

UCL wins Green Gown Award for Technical Innovation

14 November 2013


Green Gown Award Winner trophy

carbonbuzz logo

As a reflection of UCL’s growing influence on embedding sustainability in the HE sector, UCL has won its first Green Gown Award. The Green Gown Awards are a celebration of sustainability best practice and recognise pioneering initiatives being championed across the tertiary education sector. 

CarbonBuzz, a project led by a consortium including UCL’s Energy Institute, received the award for Technical Innovation for Sustainability from Professor Iain Stewart MBE. CarbonBuzz is a unique online platform that is used by architects, engineers, property owners and operators in the public and private sector. It helps identify and close the energy performance gap between design stage predictions and operational use. 31 universities already use the platform, which has the potential to dramatically change the way higher education buildings are designed and used. 

Richard Jackson, UCL’s Head of Environmental Sustainability welcomed the award as testament to UCL’s work on influencing wider trends in the sector and beyond, and highlighting the importance of using HE research and innovation to embed sustainability into the fabric of the university.  Professor Paul Ruyssevelt of the UCL Energy Institute, who leads UCL’s involvement in the CarbonBuzz project also welcomed the award, stating "I am very pleased that UCL and CarbonBuzz have received this prestigious award which I trust will encourage others to take advantage of this free resource".

Find out more about CarbonBuzz and the UCL Energy Institute
See the other winners of the Green Gown Awards

Green Gown Awards

Alex Green and Joanna Marshall-Cook from UCL's Environmental Sustainability team receive the award on behalf of CarbonBuzz. 



Watch this short film about the making of CarbonBuzz: