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UCL's transformation explored by Artist in Residence

The construction and demolition projects taking place as part of UCL's transformation have been brought to life by the Department of Chemistry's Artist in Residence.

Published: May 28, 2015 2:51:00 PM

Be part of Junk in the Trunk

Hate waste? Want to help items left in UCL residences go to good causes?

Published: May 20, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Free IEMA Approved environmental auditor training for students

Receive Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) approved environmental auditor training and a free lunch, before delivering audits of UCL departments.

Published: May 19, 2015 5:03:00 PM

UCL's Sustainability Annual Report: our progress

This Annual Report (2013-14) marks our successes and challenges in creating a more sustainable university. Richard Jackson, Director of Sustainability, introduces the report and thanks the UCL community for their invaluable contributions to this progress.

Published: May 19, 2015 1:01:00 PM




Environmental Sustainability is the responsibility of all members of the UCL community, including students, staff and persons working on our behalf. UCL 2034, UCL’s Institutional Strategy, sets out a clear vision for UCL, with sustainability and environmental sustainability embedded throughout the Principal Themes and Key Enablers of the strategy. In contributing to this, UCL’s Environmental Sustainability Vision is to:

  • Improve the sustainability of the UCL estate, and its use
  • Enable and support UCL staff and students, through action, to address UCL’s environmental impacts
  • Contribute through critical discourse, research and study, towards UCL’s distinctive approach to global environmental challenges
  • Seek to continuously improve its environmental and sustainability performance

This Policy supports this vision and looks to UCL to become a leader in the field of sustainability through performing at the highest levels of excellence in multidisciplinary academic teaching and research; creating a culture of inspiration, innovation, action and trust, through engagement with its schools, faculties, departments and other stakeholders; and through the sustainable development and use of the estate.


UCL is committed to delivering the following objectives across its UK operations:

  • To create a campus which supports UCL’s academic, research and enterprise activities in a sustainable way
  • To enable, empower and support all UCL communities to address our environmental sustainability impacts
  • To provide the education, advancement, dissemination and application of sustainable development
  • To maximise the wider impact of UCLs environmental sustainability activities at local, regional, national and international level through collaboration, partnership and communications
  • To become a leader across the HE sector in terms of environmental sustainability  

This includes the implementation of an Environmental Sustainability Strategy, which recognises both our local and global impacts, and sets targets against each of our core objectives, ensuring that UCL is working to:  

  • prevent pollution
  • comply with legal and other requirements
  • reduce carbon emissions
  • reduce water use
  • minimise waste generation and optimise sustainable procurement
  • sustainably develop its estate
  • reduce the impacts of travel and transport
  • contribute to local biodiversity
  • promote sustainable practices and improve awareness
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The Policy and Strategy will be implemented through the development, delivery and continuous improvement of the EcoCampus Environmental Sustainability Management System (ESMS) which will lead to certification under ISO14001.  Departments will be responsible for ensuring adequate arrangements for environmental management in their area. 

This Policy has been signed off by UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur and will be reviewed annually as part of the ESMS annual review. 

UCL’s progress against these objectives can be found in Green UCL's latest Annual Report.

Related documents and information: 

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Environmental Sustainability Strategy (pdf)

(March 2013)

Sustainable Food Policy (pdf)

(March 2013)

Carbon Management Plan (pdf)

(March 2011)

Green UCL's latest Annual Report


2015-02-09-travel-plan-2015-v1 Fairtrade Policy Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan  

Travel Plan (pdf)

(February 2015)

Fairtrade Policy

(February 2015)

Biodiversity Strategy and  Action Plan (December 2014)