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Archive for December, 2012

Xmas Number One

By John M Draper, on 20 December 2012

Christmas came early as I answered to phone to hear Rosie tell me that PALS were Number 1 for Xmas and top of the Green Impact League Table.  We are the Band Aid, or rather the latest X Factor winner, of UCL.

How did we achieve this you may ask…indeed we’ve also asked this ourselves…  However we do have small dedicated team from across the many disparate parts and buildings that form the entity known as PALS.  We’ve met regularly both as a larger team, and as smaller teams from each building and allocated tasks where they best suit among ourselves.  We’ve battled with the vagaries and inconsistencies of our air-conditioning, we’ve risked offending esteemed academic colleagues by reminding them to switch off their lights, and we’ve tried to be as informative as possible over green issues eg designed a Green Web Page, set up Green Noticeboards, and sent e-mails encouraging all to walk and cycle. Everyone in PALS now knows that the cycle rate for work-related meetings or conferences is 12p per mile but nobody’s yet submitted an expense claim of £79.20 for cycling to a conference in Edinburgh. We live in hope though. We’ve even tried to understand and then educate our staff and students about the nuances between the red and clear bags for rubbish, even dealing with tricky, academic questions such as ‘What if there’s food on my plastic container?  Should that go in a red or clear bag?’…

However the success is down to having a dedicated and keen team of staff and students committed to making PALS a greener and brighter place.  Oh, and we also started to enter data into the Green Impact Workbook.

Sustainable Energy for All: this year, next year, sometime – or never?

By Lara Carim, on 5 December 2012

Liberal Democrat Energy Minister Ed Davey’s clash with his Conservative deputy John Hayes over the future of wind turbines earlier this month demonstrates how topical and divisive the sustainable energy agenda can be.

Despite the issue’s current high media profile, a quick show of hands at the start of Professor Paul Ekins’ Lunch Hour Lecture on 20 November illustrated that there is little public awareness of 2012 as UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All – even among an audience with an interest in the topic.

Undeterred, Ekins, who is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, immediately set out in stark terms why sustainable energy is “a huge issue”: 1.3 billion people globally in 2012 have no access to electricity, and 2.7 billion – more than one-third of the world’s population – lack clean cooking facilities.

Read the full post on the UCL Events blog.

UCL CEGE Waste Scheme

By Claudia P Ramirez Brinez, on 3 December 2012

What we did in the CEGE (Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering) department was:

1. Hired a student for 4 weeks to carry out a very simple survey of all the bins, types of lighting, heaters, etc., in the Chadwick building.

2. Then we decided to investigate about how the UCL buildings around us dealt with their waste and decided to copy the Geography department.

3. Supported by the department, we decided to launch a CEGE waste scheme on the 26th of September 2011 by unifying all the bins and making it clearer for people to understand. We also held a feedback session on the 18th of November 2011 to review the sceme.

4. We updated the scheme once we found out UCL was dealing differently with the waste.

5. The scheme was then improved and updated.

6. And we made a video!

7. We are still trying to improve our waste scheme so any feedback would be appreciate it!

Thanks,

Claudia

CEGE Green Group

For pictures of the same post, please see https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=277977

For more information on how the scheme started please contact: c.brinez@ucl.ac.uk and for more information of what the CEGE Green Group is up to please contact  kim.morgan@ucl.ac.uk