University a finalist for TWO Green Gown Awards

Posted by chj6 at Jul 19, 2017 09:34 AM |
Awards include the Continuous Improvement award and individual Sustainability Champion award.

Following our success last year, the University is a finalist for the 2017 Continuous Improvement award. This recognises a whole institution approach to sustainability, with sustained and successful activities to improve our facilities and performance.

Our achievements have spun from a plethora of developments, collaborations and internal campaigns across the University. 

Since 2004-05, we have reduced our carbon emissions by 3,600 tonnes annually (saving over £586K in energy bills), and reduced our landfill waste output by 96%.

Operational staff in a variety of departments have been at the core of these improvements. As experts in their area, staff have enthusiastically co-ordinated more efficient and sustainable working practices, embedding them into daily routine. 

Leicester Mercury Centre for Medicine
A comment from a member of the public on the Centre for Medicine Passivhaus building, featured in the Leicester Mercury (p16, 27/5/17)

Furthermore we are striving to meet the educational demand of our own students. Academics are at the forefront of embedding sustainability into the curriculum, in all disciplines, whilst the Environment Team offer a range of extra-curricular practical learning opportunities for all students.

Physical improvements are multi-fold - a passivhaus building with luscious green walls, over 1700 new trees planted, more meat-free food options and inviting multi-use open spaces.

Dr Sarah GrettonSecondly, Dr Sarah Gretton is a finalist for the Sustainability Champion award, which recognises her efforts above and beyond her job requirements, to drive sustainability. Alongside her work in The Centre for Interdisciplinary Science department, Sarah has voluntarily pushed Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) - chairing the ESD forum, helping to develop the Sustainable Futures online course and organising workshops to inspire and help academics to embed sustainability into their courses.

Her fantastic work has not gone unnoticed. In 2016 Leicester achieved a First in the People and Planet league (30th place), with ESD a large contributor scoring 65% (the culmination of 2 years hard work). As a result of her efforts, the ESD Forum now reports directly to the Sustainability Steering Group, chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor. 

We would like to congratulate Dr Gretton for her fantastic achievements.

The winners of the Green Gown Awards will be announced on 15th November 2017.