UCL Planning Team


Green Impact

The Planning Team is committed to making UCL more sustainable, and we are proud to participate in Green Impact, an environmental competition and accreditation scheme.

Sustainability Training is available to all staff. To contact the Planning Team's Green Champion, please click here.

More information is available from Sustainable UCL and you can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


UCL's green spaces provide homes to many animals, including peregrine falcons, kestrels, hummingbird hawk-moths, bats, and foxes.

IOE Garden Project

The IOE gardens were created in 2013 by a student-led team, and were designed to encourage birds, bees, bats and butterflies to our campus whilst being sympathetic to the brutalist style of architecture. The gardens are located on the level 4 terrace of the IOE building, above the Institute Bar. Find out more about visiting the gardens or becoming a gardener here.

UCL Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

UCL has a Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan which contains details about enhacing and supporting biodiversity across campus and in London. Find out more details here.

UCL is a corporate member of the London Wildlife Trust.

Find out more about Biodiversity at UCL here


Each year, it costs around £14 million and produces over 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide to power UCL's estate and operations.



Carbon Culture

Live energy data for UCL is available via the Carbon Culture website: https://platform.carbonculture.net/communities/ucl/30/

Find out more about saving energy at UCL here. Information about UCL's Heating and Cooling Policy can be found here.



Consider using teleconference facilities instead of travelling to meetings. Microsoft Teams is available to all staff, and there are also meeting rooms equipped with conference speakerphones. Find out more information here.

Showers in Bidborough House

Women's and men's showers and changing rooms are in the basement.

Cycle Parking at Bidborough House

There are covered, but not enclosed, facilities for parking and locking bicycles and motorbikes which can be accessed from the vehicular entrance on Bidborough Street at the east end of the building. You can enter the basement from this area with your staff ID card once your access has been set up. Cyclists may apply for access to the vehicular gate and the basement entrance by asking your local administrator to request access from security services. Bikes are left at your own risk and you are responsible for its security (i.e. locking and insurance). You may leave a lock on a bike rack but this does not mean that the rack is reserved for your use.

The Sustainability Team maintains a map of showers and cycle parking across campus.

If cycling to work is not possible, have you considered:

  • Changing how you get to and from your home station?
  • Changing how you get to or from Bidborough House?
  • Getting on or off a stop earlier and walking?
  • Walking, cycling, or public transport instead of using the car at weekends?
  • Driving in a more energy efficient way? 

Find out more about sustainable travel at UCL here and here

Waste and Recycling

Coffee Cups

It is estimated that 8 million paper cups are handed out by coffee shops in the UK a day and used for an average of 15 minutes, yet fewer than one in 400 are being recycled.

Many coffee shops offer discounts to encourage reusable cup use. For a list of discounts on and around campus, please see here.


Bins at UCL all use the standardised signage below and recycling is processed by a plant in Stratford. Remember to rinse any recyclable items before putting in the green recycling bins.



There is a battery recycling point in reception in 1-19 Torrington Place, as well as one on the seventh floor. Recycling batteries avoids them ending up in landfill where hazardous chemicals can leak and pollute soil and water.

Printer Cartridges

There is a cardboard box for printer cartridges on the ground floor of Bidborough House, next to the main printer.

Postage Stamps

There is an envelope for collecting used stamps near the pigeon holes on the ground floor of Bidborough House. The stamps are donated to CLIC Sargent.


Used books can be left in the main kitchen on the ground floor of Bidborough House for others to read.

Electrical Items

These items can be picked up by Estates for a small charge - more details here.

Unwanted but Usable Items

These can be reused in other areas of UCL by listing them on the Warpit website.

The Recycle More website has details of recycling collections and banks in your local area.

Find out more about recycling at UCL here.


Drinking Water

Drinking water is available in each of the kitchens in Bidborough House. The Sustainability Team maintains a map of water fountains across campus and in London. Refill is a campaign promoting free tap water across London and other cities and has an app which shows where free tap water is available near your location.

Maintenance Requests

A dripping tap can waste up to 15 litres of water a day. If you see a maintenance request which means water is being wasted, please report it:

Raise Maintenance Request

Find out more about saving water at UCL here.