Sustainable UCL


Greening Bloomsbury

The world is urbanising at an unprecedented rate. Around 80% of the UK population lives in cities and around the globe people are flocking from rural to urban environments.


This brings with it some of the great challenges of modern times. As increasing numbers of people move into cities, more vehicles, resources and infrastructure are needed to support them. A major question is how can cities remain green and liveable? Can this be done sustainably and with minimal environmental impact? With challenges around climate change, air quality, noise, biodiversity and aesthetics, is there space for urban biodiversity?

UCL is seeking to improve the liveability of UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus by creating new green spaces, and improving existing spaces. A substantial body of evidence now exists on the multiple human economic, health and social benefits from wild spaces, including air filtration, flood resilience, health and mental wellbeing. As over half of the world’s population now live in cities, our societal global challenge is to design cities that support diverse human and ecological communities, making cities more sustainable and resilient.

UCL have over 250 buildings worth of roof, wall and surrounding space as well as being a key stakeholder in 3 of Bloomsbury’s squares and other public spaces around the campus. This means that UCL has control over a considerable footprint of space and can also influence a larger footprint of space around us. Using UCL’s academic expertise we are looking at ways to test bed green initiatives around our Estate.

Return to this page to learn more about our ‘Greening Bloomsbury’ masterplan, as it develops.