Christopher Ingold rated #78 on UCL buildings energy list.

So, we spend 382 kW/m2 in the Chemistry department at Christopher Ingold on Gordon street, placing us 78th (or 6th last) in all the buildings at UCL. The Kathleen Lonsdale fared slightly better, placing 70th, where Chemistry share the building with Earth Sciences and Physics. A little shameful perhaps. This is according to Degrees of Change, a programme to try and make UCL more sustainable.

There are some reasons we guess e.g. we have some pumps or venting that need to be on 24 hours, but at lease we could TRY to turn of your screens or computers at night! Please gently encourage everyone to do so.

Degrees of Change logo

Degrees of Change logo

For the full list, and more energy facts, figures and information about the sustainable programne click Degree of Changes.

In the meantime, remember to turn off lights, air conditioning, heating, monitors, switches at the wall etc. Remember! Reduce, reuse and recycle.


UCL Green Impact Awards

Attended by the Provost and other fabulous green gremlins, the UCL Green Impact Awards celebrated all the hard work and effort into making UCL more sustainable. The event was held at the curiously mysterious Grant Museum of Zoology with drinks and nibbles.

AllthegoodnamesArgon received the, drum roll please…………………………………

Receiving the green impact award

Platinum Award!! woopwoop. That’s better than gold, so much so that it’s not even on the NUS Green Impact website?!?!

We ( the representatives,who definitely didn’t do the majority of work) had a good time schmoozing with the Michael Arthur, Alex Green and a Giant Crab (particularly Francesco – our print@UCL guru).

Francesco with a Giant Crab


More pics of the event by Alex available here.

Please note we are looking for members and general enthusiasts to join our amazing team! EMAIL us at

Have a dreamy summer,


The Famous 5.


Just a short quick post here, but more to follow soon.

In an attempt to address what we consider to be the departments five biggest negative environmental impacts it is important to consider a certain number of things. Things such as cost, energy requirements and the waste produced from such activities. With this in mind we in the green impact team for Chemistry UCL have listed below what we think are most likely to be the five biggest negative environmental impacts that the department has and it is likely these are endemic to most chemistry departments as well.

  1. Procurement and disposal of chemicals
  2. Electricity usage in analytical machines
  3. Heating and lighting
  4. Non chemical lab waste (gloves, blue roll etc etc)
  5. Water usage.

With these in mind I will be posting on each topic separately to properly analyse these topics.

Please let us know what you think are important issues for the department in the comments below etc etc. If you’re not involved with the department let us know your thoughts anyway!

Next post – Life cycle of chemicals (procurement and disposal.)


Resolutely Green

Hey Guys,

Happy new year!

Now normally i don’t believe in new years resolutions…. but i can make exceptions!

Alex Green (from UCL green impact HQ) contacted us last week asking us what our green themed new years resolutions were and decided to take some footage, looks like he went all around UCL campus too! the video can be found in the link below.

The simple take home message here is that we can all have a positive environmental impact by making a small change.

What’s your green resolution?



In an attempt to provide outreach and engage people in a more positive and inclusive manner we have decided to create a blog detailing our forays into improving the green credentials of the UCL Chemistry department. we will be posting periodically on things big and small pertaining to our cause and hope you find it interesting. we operate under the name ‘all the other good names ARGON’ (pun definitely intentional) in UCL’s green impact scheme

Also if you want to join us our email is you can contact us there regarding anything. want to get involved? shoot us an email, we’d love to hear from you. Also check out the green impact website for UCL you can join our team there.