Spotlight on Alex Green
10 April 2014
This week the spotlight is on Alex Green, Sustainability Stakeholder and Communications Coordinator, UCL Environmental Sustainability.
What is your role and what does it involve?
My work focuses on supporting staff and students to make positive environmental behaviour changes while helping to communicate all the brilliant sustainability activities going on across the institution.
There's such a range and diversity of action going on across the institution; it's a great role to have.
How long have you been at UCL and what was your previous role?
I've been at UCL for six months. Previously, I worked briefly with a brilliant little international development charity called Progressio, developing a climate adaptation communications piece for them.
What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?
Being part of the Green Impact programme has been brilliant. We've grown the number of participating teams massively and a huge number of positive environmental changes are happening because of it.
More generally, it's been fantastic to support the UCL community in taking a big diversity of actions, as shown in the "Green Resolutions" short film I put together earlier this year.
Tell us about a project you are working on now which is top of you to-do list?
The 2013-14 Green Impact programme runs until the beginning of March, so lots of my work is preparing to audit the participating teams and then celebrate their successes at our award ceremony.
I recently supported the launch of the Central House Living Lab Wifi project, a collaboration between UCL Estates, Green UCL and students from the Bartlett, CASA and Energy Institute.
It's a pioneering project looking at how wifi data can be used to determine building occupancy and then tailor services like heating accordingly. Find out more and watch a video about the project here.
What is your favourite album, film and novel?
Probably Untrue by Burial. Although Future Sound of London's Lifeforms, The Streets's Original Pirate Material and Fatboy Slim's You've Come a Long Way, Baby are all contenders.
Novel-wise, probably In the First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. I recently saw Lore (2012) which was really good, so I'll go with that for film.
What is your favourite joke (pre-watershed)?
Pavlov is having a pint in the pub. The phone rings. He jumps up and shouts, "Damn, I forgot to feed the dog!"
Who would be your dream dinner guests?
As I get older and friends are spread wider around the country (and world), it gets harder to get everyone in a room together. Heroes are overrated - the best guests are good friends.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Even if it doesn't feel like it now, you've got the right idea - keep going with it.
What would it surprise people to know about you?
I'm west coast hip-hop act Dilated Peoples's number one fan. Probably.
What is your favourite place?
Somerset. Even when it's underwater, it's still the best place on Earth.