Office of the Vice-President (Strategy)


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.

UCL's new sustainability strategy, Change Possible: The Strategy for a Sustainable UCL 2019 - 2024.

The strategy is supported by a new sustainability course, Change Possible: Be Part of a Sustainable UCL, is available to all staff. More information is available from Sustainable UCL and you can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

To contact the Planning Team's Green Champion, please click here.

Positive Climate

Each year, it costs around £14 million and produces over 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide to power UCL's estate and operations. Information about UCL's Heating and Cooling Policy can be found here.

Consider using Teams or other virtual meeting software instead of travelling to meetings. Find out more information here. Tips to work sustainably whist working from home are here.


Women's and men's showers and changing rooms are in the basement of 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. The Sustainability Team maintains a map of showers and cycle parking across campus.

The Loop

Bins at UCL all use the standardised signage below and recycling is processed by a plant in Stratford.

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What else can I recycle?
BatteriesBattery recycling bin in Bidborough House Reception
Printer CartridgesIn Bidborough House
Used StampsThere is an envelop for collecting used stamps on the fourth floor of Bidborough House. The stamps are donated to Young Lives vs Cancer (previously CLIC Sargent)
Small Electrical ItemsThese items can be disposed of by Estates: see here for more information.
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.

Coffee Cups

Coffee Cup recycling bins are available in the Refectory. Alternatively, register for CLUBZERO, UCL's returnable cup scheme, and save 25p on hot drinks around campus. Many local coffee shops offer discount for using a reusable cup. For more information see Ditch the Disposable.

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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.

Wild Bloomsbury

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 is a corporate member of the London Wildlife Trust.