HEFCE awards £11 million for 28 carbon reduction projects

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded nearly £11 million to 27 higher education institutions for 28 carbon emission reduction projects.

In this second round of the Revolving Green Fund (RGF), four universities – Exeter, Derby, Bradford and Plymouth – received funding for major building retrofit projects that are collectively expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by around 18,500 tonnes a year.

Twenty-four HEIs, including Exeter, received a total of £6.83 million for small scale energy efficiency projects. They are: Canterbury Christ Church University, Coventry University, Edge Hill University, University of Exeter, Kingston University, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Lincoln, University of Liverpool, University of London, University of Northampton, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, University of Oxford, University College Plymouth Marjon, Royal Veterinary College, University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of Warwick, University of Winchester, and University of Worcester.

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Green Gown Awards 2011

Green Gown Awards 2011 celebrated exceptional sustainability initiatives of UK universities and colleges at its annual Awards Night at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London on 3 November 2011. The awards spanned 13 categories, ranging from carbon reduction to social responsibility.

Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), this annual celebration is in its seventh year since its launch by the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) project in 2004. Green Gown Awards, now in its seventh year, recognise annually the exceptional sustainability initiatives of universities and colleges in the UK.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive of EAUC, says, ‘This year’s winning and commended entries demonstrate not only that innovative institutions are taking successful action to minimise their environmental footprints and enhance their social contribution, but also that this is often accompanied by other organisational benefits. The financial savings from many sustainability actions are certainly compatible with the belt tightening that seems inevitable in future years. It is therefore all the more important the whole sector learns from the successes of the Green Gown Awards’ winning and commended entries.’

Green Gown Awards 2011 – winners:

Carbon Reduction: Coventry University

Colleges & Smaller Institutions: South Lanarkshire College

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change: Plymouth University

Courses: University of Exeter Business School

Green ICT: University of Hertfordshire

Promoting Positive Behaviour: Loughborough University

Research and Development: University of Salford

Skills: South Eastern Regional College

Social Responsibility: London College of Fashion

Space Efficiency: Nottingham Trent University

Student Initiatives and Campaigns: Lancaster University Students’ Union [LUSU]

Sustainable Construction and Refurbishment: Queen Mary University of London – Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects

Sustainable Procurement: Durham University

List of winners and highly commended entries

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