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All departments encouraged to take part in UCL's Green Impact programme

Green Impact, UCL's annual sustainability programme is now live for the 2015-16 period, and all departments and divisions are encouraged to take part.  More...

Published: Sep 28, 2015 2:52:00 PM

'Whole Earth?' environmental exhibition comes to Gordon Square Gardens

A new free exhibition will run in Gordon Square Gardens from the 21st September - 16th October, tackling the environmental challenges we face in a changing and increasingly interconnected world.  More...

Published: Sep 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Sustainability excellence showcased at the UCL Green Impact Awards

UCL action for sustainability was celebrated this week at the Sustainability Team's annual Green Impact Awards. Vice-Provost Professor Anthony Smith, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability Team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of staff and students in creating a more sustainable UCL.  More...

Published: Sep 17, 2015 11:26:00 AM

Sodexo and UCL awarded Silver Food for Life Catering Mark

Marking a commitment to providing healthy and sustainable food, Sodexo has achieved the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark at UCL. The university's catering partner since 2014, Sodexo serves over 26,000 students across UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

Published: Aug 11, 2015 12:17:00 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. The full signed document can be found here.

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

Related documents and information: 

es strategy es_food es_carbon Sustainability Annual Report

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)