Sustainable UCL



From testing plastic eating bacteria to creating carbon-absorbing bio-curtains on our campus, UCL researchers are leading the way in global sustainability. Their work provides important insights into how we can operate within planetary limits, use resources sustainably, and create a healthy and liveable world for people and planet now and in the future. Explore some of our research groups and projects below to find out more.
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UCL Climate Hub: a community for change

The UCL Climate hub illustrates the extraordinary breadth of climate-focused activity taking place at UCL, and how you can get involved. 


UCL: supporting the UN’s SDGs

Through research, teaching and operations, UCL is playing a leading role in responding to the challenges set out in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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UCL Environment Domain

The Environment Domain connects UCL's research community to support the development of new insight and expertise on environmentally relevant research activity.

Explore UCL Institutes researching sustainability

Clean Air Network

The UCL Clean Air Network showcases the research on clean air conducted by UCL in collaboration with London hospitals, building on the Clean Air Hospital Framework (CAHF). 

UCL Anthropocene

UCL Anthropocene works as a virtual school by assembling projects, people, courses, and events from across UCL to articulate and address the problems that the Anthropocene poses for our collective future.

Plastics Waste Hub

The Plastics Waste Hub is a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including scientists, engineers, designers, and social scientists, taking a design-led approach to the issue of plastic waste.

Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR)

USAR carries out world-leading, interdisciplinary research into sustainability and resilience in the urban environment. USAR manages postgraduate programmes and works with industry and NGOs.

UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR)

UCL ISR generates knowledge in the globally sustainable use of natural resources and trains the future leaders of this field. 

Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER)

The CBER is an interdisciplinary centre within UCL’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment.

UCL Circular Economy Lab

The Circular Economy Lab is an exciting cross-faculty, cross-discipline initiative, aiming to use UCL's expertise to improve the design of buildings and products, their re-use and recycling, and the return of their constituent materials back to the economy.


Can your research solve UCL's Sustainability Challenges?

UCL Living Lab Programme
Our Living Lab programme enables students and staff to solve UCL’s sustainability challenges through research and teaching by using the campus as a test bed for novel ideas. Through this we aim to lead the debate on everything from the climate emergency to plastic waste. Find out more here.

Sustainability Research: Published by the academic community

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