The Sustainability team here at the University of London work to bring staff and students across the University and federation together to tackle issues surrounding climate change and the environment.

Senate House

The University manages a wide range of services, including student accommodation and Senate House Library. It is of great importance to us that we continue to improve the environmental performance of our estate and operations while increasing positive action toward a sustainable future among our staff, students and visitors.

We also run Reduce the Juice, an ambitious behaviour change programme for halls of residence, which uses competitions, challenges and webinars to encourage students to save energy, save water and reduce waste.

The University of London Sustainability team is responsible for improving the sustainable performance of the University and to lead on the delivery of the University’s strategic aim to ‘build on cutting edge sustainability practices, working towards our zero operational carbon target.’

Through the management of four key sustainable delivery areas: Carbon Emissions; Resources; Nature; and Knowledge/Engagement the team works collaboratively across all levels of the University to promote good awareness of UoL’s sustainability goals and ensure statutory requirements and best practice are incorporated into projects, activities and management decision making.

Bees at Senate House

Beehives on the roof

The roof of our Institute of Advanced Legal Studies building is home to four thriving beehives

Solar panels art Senate House

Targeting Zero Carbon

The University is working toward the aspirational target of reaching net zero operational carbon by 2036, the University’s 200th anniversary.

Senate House with grass in foreground

Reducing CO2 emissions

The University has reduced emissions by 51% against our 2010 baseline, through a range of measures right across the estate.

Cycling at University of London

Encouraging Sustainable Travel

University of London staff cycled over 5500 miles during 2017, saving over 1300 kg of CO2 emissions

Green space at University of London

Cultivating green spaces in our estate

We currently enjoy a variety of green spaces in the Bloomsbury area, including Gordon, Torrington and Woburn Squares.

Coffee beans

Supporting sustainable food produce

We recognise our responsibility to serve healthy, sustainable food and to carry out its procurement activities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

Recycling cans

Reducing the waste that we produce

The University is committed to reducing the total amount of waste produced at the University. We work with our staff, students, visitors and Procurement Team to achieve these reductions.

The Team

Natalie Isaac (Head of Sustainability)

Natalie leads the University’s drive to improve its sustainability performance across all its activities. Along with being responsible for the delivery of our net zero operational target, Natalie enjoys managing a committed and passionate team who work collaboratively across the University and with external stakeholders to ensure statutory requirements and best practice are incorporated into projects, activities and management decision-making.

Maddie Reason (Sustainability Engagement Officer)

Maddie is driving behaviour change and ensuring that our sustainability work reaches as large an audience as possible. Maddie is responsible for the management of our award winning Reduce the Juice programme that drives positive sustainability behaviour here at the university and across our partnered universities. She is also responsible for running the Staff Sustainability Champions Network a group of staff motivated to make the University a more sustainable organisation.

Our sustainability commitments

Annual Sustainability Report

To celebrate the environmental achievements from right across the University, the Sustainability Team put together our annual sustainability report. The reports also make a great record of the University’s progress on achieving our environmental goals and targets to date.

Take a look back through the University’s historic Sustainability Reports to see the progress we have made:

Zero Carbon Estates Handbook

This document aims to tool up the UK & Ireland’s higher education professionals, to consider how to influence their universities on the drive toward zero carbon. It focuses on considerations for driving down universities’ carbon emissions through the built environment.