The UCL Sustainability Team drives forward the university's key sustainability aims. We work with the UCL community to embed sustainability into research, buildings and behaviours at UCL, and beyond.
Our work improves sustainability literacy, increases efficiency, saves money and helps create more pleasant spaces to work and study. Find out more about what we do, and see our profiles below.
The Sustainability Team
- Geraint Rees, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences, UCL Pro-Provost (Academic Planning), Professor of Cognitive Neurology at University College London and Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group (SSG)
Geraint Rees has been nominated by the Provost, to act as their representative as UCL’s accountable person for sustainability.
- Richard Jackson: Sustainability Director
Since taking up his position at UCL in 2011, Richard has been leading the development and implementation of UCL's environmental sustainability strategy. This has included the development and management of UCL's Sustainability Team and its work to embed sustainability throughout UCL: working with the UCL Estate team to incorporate sustainability standards and targets into their refurbishment and maintenance activities; to encourage the UCL community to contribute to the sustainability objectives; and to integrate sustainability into research and teaching.
- Joanna Marshall-Cook: Senior Sustainability Manager (Energy and Carbon)
Joanna is leading our transition to a low carbon institution; engaging the UCL community to self-deliver sustainability, embedding carbon reductions into the Estates Transformation programme, and integrating circular economy principles throughout the organisation.
- Ben Stubbs: Senior Sustainability Manager (Built Environment)
Ben works across the UCL estate to make sure that our buildings are designed, built and operated as sustainably as possible. This helps us to improve our energy and carbon performance; use material and water resources more efficiently; optimise the working environment for our students and staff; and ensure that our facilities exceed expectations well into the future.
- Emma Shirbon: Senior Sustainability Manager (ESMS & EHS)
Emma is the Senior Sustainability Manager (ESMS & EHS). Emma's role is focuesd on management systems, the plan, do, check & review approach to working. Emma is currently working on target 100 (T100) with UCL Estates to embed environmental, health and safety requirements into all aspects of their work. She also supports the Risk Review process for Estates and regularly reports to the Estates Leadership Team against the EHS system requirements.
Emma works with Alex Jones who oversees the UCL Environmental Management System, ensurng the requirements of the ISO 14001: 2015 standard are embedded into UCL processes, monitoring compliance and driving continuous improvement.
- Pip Jackson: Access and Inclusion Manager
Pip works across the UCL estate providing in-house expertise on all aspects of accessibility and inclusive-design in the estates management and facilities services for UCL. This includes drafting UCL Estates Inclusive Design Strategy.
- Ciaran Jebb: Assistant Sustainability Manager (Energy)
Ciaran supports improvements to UCL’s energy management, through better monitoring and reporting of our energy consumption and carbon emissions, projects to increase the amount of renewable energy generated at UCL and smarter controls for building heating and cooling systems. He manages UCL’s £15m utilities budget and compliance with UCL’s legal obligations relating to carbon reduction, and is also responsible for promoting sustainable travel at UCL.
- Hannah Biggs: Sustainability Projects Lead
Hannah leads UCL’s sustainability behavioural change programmes, campaigns and communication channels, whilst supporting the organisation’s commitment to increasing biodiverse space by 10,000m2, and to embed sustainability into the informal and formal curriculum.
- Alex Jones: Sustainability Officer (EMS & Sustainable Procurement)
Alex works on managing and delivering UCL’s Environmental Management System, which includes identifying environmental impacts, supporting measures to minimise them, and engaging with departments to support the system. Alex also works closely with the central procurement team to ensure the goods and services that UCL purchases are responsible and have a low environmental impact.
- Martin Farley: Sustainability Labs Advisor
Martin works primarily with ‘wet-lab’ research spaces at UCL. Consuming up to 2/3 of the energy at UCL, laboratory buildings are a prime area to achieve energy and material savings. To accomplish this, Martin is helping run the laboratory’s portion or Green Impact, as well as running laboratory projects. His ultimate goal is to reduce the energy required to accomplish better quality research.
- Steve Shine: Logistics Manager
Steve provides logistics expertise for UCL Estates and primarily for the Transforming programme ensuring UCL's Construction Management Plan Strategy is followed in a sustainable manner.
- Paul Monk: Facilities Waste Manager
Paul has management oversite of all waste, recycling and reuse services across UCL and works with staff, students, services providers and colleagues in Estates to managed waste as efficiently and sustainably as possible.
- Lauren Keating: Team Support
Lauren provides team support to the UCL Sustainability team - helping the team with arranging events and engaging with key stakeholders. She also provides support on the team's communications.
- Stephen McKinnell: Bloomsbury Heat and Power Manager
Stephen is based at SOAS but manages the Bloomsbury Heat and Power (BHP) system which provides low carbon heat and electricity to a number of UCL buildings. He is currently working on the future strategy for the BHP system to improve its efficiency. Stephen also provides energy management support to the BHP members including UCL and is currently helping to develop a long term strategy for UCL’s other district heating network and provides technical energy advice for refurbishment and new building projects at UCL
- Ben Humphreys: Building Management System, Energy Engineer
Ben works on improving the control of heating, cooling and ventilation in UCL’s buildings through our Building Management System. He is helping to ensure that we provide a comfortable environment for staff and students while reducing the amount of energy we use.
- Graham Marshall: Building Management System, Principal Engineer
Graham works on improving the control of heating, cooling and ventilation in UCL’s buildings through our Building Management System. He is helping to ensure that we provide a comfortable environment for staff and students while reducing the amount of energy we use.
- Chiara Morfeo: Sustainability Communications Officer
Chiara supports UCL’s sustainability campaigns and communication channels and manages UCL's sustainability engagement and behavioural change programme Green Impact.
- Georgia Cavanagh: Green Impact Kick Starter
Georgia supports Chiara and Hannah in managing UCL’s sustainability campaigns and communications channels, especially surrounding the behavioural change programme Green Impact, including innovating and expanding it to encourage more change across the university.
- Pierce Byrne: Climate Hub Coordinator
Pierce is working with Chiara on the delivery of an engaging launch programme for UCL’s new Climate Hub, focusing on the coordination of UCL climate activity leading up to COP 26. By facilitating more collaborative behaviour, UCL can be a catalyst of greater climate action. With a keen interest in ecology, Pierce is also supporting Hannah with the Wild Bloomsbury campaign.
- Joseph Fenwick: Plastics Reduction
Joe is working with UCL’s key suppliers and waste management team to help us move towards becoming a single-use plastic free campus by 2024. By mapping all of our plastic usage and plastic reduction actions, we can understand where, what, and how we can change to have the biggest impact.