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Design and create a garden to boost biodiversity at UCL

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

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

Junk in the Trunk

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What is Junk in the Trunk?

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Junk in the Trunk is an exciting volunteer reuse and recycling project, that's all about reducing waste in halls of residence. 

It involves collecting unwanted items of kitchenware, clothing, electrical goods and non-perishable food items at the end of term and donating them to charity. 

The charitable side of the scheme is significant, with donations making a real difference to the community, the environment as well as people in need locally. 

In 2013 Junk in the Trunk prevented almost 4 tonnes of goods from going to landfill, it helped numerous charities, started several conversations about the environment and quite a few people got a lovely toaster!

How can I get involved?

There are three ways you can get involved with Junk in the Trunk:

1. Volunteer: at the end of term (June), help collect and sort goods from the residences. You'll help set up collection areas, coordinate pick-ups and promote the events. It's a fun way to make a really positive contribution to some great causes. 

2. Run a pop up shop: We collect a lot of goods from the residences. Why not hone your entrepreneurial skills, raise money for charity and help provide other students with affordable kitchen and homeware by running some pop-up shops? We can provide support and help, just get in touch to discuss this further.   

3. Suggest a project: got other ideas about how you could contribute to Junk in the Trunk, or use unwanted items from the residences? Just get in touch! 

How can I find out more?

Interested? Contact the Sustainability Team or Volunteering Services Unit to find out more.