Green Gown Awards 2016 | UWE, Royal Agricultural and Salford shine; Leadership Award to Prof Longhurst

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The ceremony of the Green Gown Awards 2016 of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) took place in Leicester on 10 November 2016, in partnership with De Montfort University (DMU) and the University of Leicester.

 

This annual awards scheme, launched in 2004, celebrates the sustainability initiatives of universities and colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK and Ireland.

 

This twelfth awards, hosted by Mike Barry (Director of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer), featured 21 Winners and 26 Highly Commended from a pool of 115 finalists representing 1.5 million students and 240,000 staff.

 

The biggest winners (including the individual awards) are the University of the West of England (UWE) (winner in 4 categories), Royal Agricultural University (winner in 2) and the University of Salford (winner in 2). The coveted Leadership Award went to Professor Jim Longhurst (Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Environment & Sustainability, University of the West of England UWE).

 

Emphasising the significance of the Awards, Iain Patton (Chief Executive, EAUC) said, “Every year the excellence recognised by the Green Gown Awards shows the business alignment and value of sustainability. Sustainability makes business sense and this year’s inspiring initiatives prove that sustainability benefits staff, students, the wider community and of course the bottom line.”

 

Host Mike Barry (Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer) observed, “We stand on the cusp of great change in the economy and society. It is no longer enough to be a ‘less bad organisation’ focused on preventing the worst environmental and social excesses. Every higher and further education establishment, business and government department needs to be thinking about how we change radically our approach to education, commerce and politics to create a future that is low carbon, equal, circular, fair, restorative and committed to the wellbeing of all. The Green Gown Awards help identify these sustainability best practices and encourage the wider higher and further education system to scale up their use.”

 

Referring to the Leadership Award winner Professor Jim Longhurst, his university’s vice chancellor Professor Steve West said, “UWE is committed to embedding sustainability in everything we do particularly within the curricula. The award of a Leadership Green Gown will be welcome external recognition of our efforts and, in particular, the excellent leadership role that Jim has played in our journey towards becoming a sustainable university.”

 

The following is the complete list of the Winners and Highly Commended of the Green Gown Awards 2016:

 

Green Gown Awards 2016 | Winners and Highly Commended

 

Best Newcomer

Field Studies Council – Winner (Large Institution)

Royal Agricultural University – Winner (Small Institution)

University of Limerick – Highly Commended

 

Built Environment

University of Aberdeen – Winner (Large Institution)

South Lanarkshire College – Winner (Small Institution)

University of East Anglia (UEA) and Adapt Low Carbon Group – Highly Commended

University of the West of England (UWE) – Highly Commended

 

Carbon Reduction (Category Supporter: The Energy Consortium)

University of Oxford – Winner

London Metropolitan University – Highly Commended

University of Liverpool – Highly Commended

 

Community#

University of Salford – Winner

Ayrshire College – Highly Commended

University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and Oxford City Council – Highly Commended

 

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change#

University of the West of England – Winner

London Institute of Banking & Finance – Highly Commended

University of Brighton – Highly Commended

 

Enterprise and Employability

Royal Agricultural University – Winner

Aston University – Highly Commended

University of Leicester – Highly Commended

 

Facilities and Services

University of Reading – Winner

Bangor University – Highly Commended

King’s College London – Highly Commended

 

Food and Drink (Category Supporter: TUCO)

University of Chester – Winner (Large Institution)

South Devon College – Winner (Small Institution)

Nottingham Trent University – Highly Commended

University of Sheffield – Highly Commended

 

Learning and Skills

University of the West of England (UWE) – Winner

Keele University – Highly Commended

 

Research and Development (Category Supporter: SALIX)

 

Student*

Danielle Elizabeth Butler (University of Salford) – Winner

Alex Lerczak (University of Chester) – Highly Commended

 

Institution

University of East Anglia (UEA) – Winner

Newcastle University – Highly Commended

University of Leeds and Asda Partnership – Highly Commended

 

Student Engagement# (Category Supporter: Scottish Funding Council)

University of the West of England (UWE) and University of Bristol – Winner (Large Institution)

Glasgow School of Art – Winner (Small Institution)

The Students’ Union at University of the West of England (UWE) – Highly Commended

University of Southampton – Highly Commended

 

Sustainability Reporting* (Category Supporter: PwC UK)

Plymouth University – Winner

Manchester Metropolitan University – Highly Commended

 

Individual Awards

 

Leadership Award

Professor Jim Longhurst (University of the West of England UWE) – Winner

 

Sustainability Champion Award

 

Student

Andy Stride FRSA – (University of Nottingham) – Winner

Ulrich Pohanka (Keele University) – Highly Commended

 

Staff

David Emley (Keele University) – Winner

Richard Brett (Goldsmiths, University of London) – Highly Commended

 

Sustainability Professional Award (Category Supporter: EAUC)

Dr Petra Molthan-Hill (Nottingham Trent University) – Winner

Trina Innes (University of Alberta) – Highly Commended

Ian Lane (University of the Arts London) – Highly Commended

 

* New category for 2016
# Included in the International Green Gown Awards

 

Note: Large group photo of UWE from bristolparkhive ‏@bristolparkhive | Small group photo from Kirsti Norris @Kirsti_Norris | The other two photos from the Green Gowns website | Quotes are from the media pack of the Awards

 

 

More….

 

Green Gown Awards 2016 | Official winners list http://www.greengownawards.org/2016-winners1

 

Green Gown Awards 2016 website http://www.greengownawards.org

 

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) http://www.eauc.org.uk/

 

Green Gown Awards resources | Sustainability Exchange website http://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/all_resources/tag-green+gown+awards

 

Leadership Award winner Professor Jim Longhurst (University of the West of England UWE) | Green Gown Awards profile http://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/green_gown_awards_2016_leadership_award_profess1

 

 

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