Leicester finalist in annual eco-friendly competition with innovative student project

Posted by ap507 at Jul 11, 2016 10:11 AM |
University of Leicester nominated in ‘Enterprise and Employability’ category in Green Gown Awards 2016 organised this year in partnership with De Montfort University

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 July 2016

The University of Leicester has been shortlisted in the Green Gown Awards 2016, which recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives undertaken by universities and colleges.

Leicester has been shortlisted in the ‘Enterprise and Employability’ category for its Applied Learning in Sustainability (APPLES) initiative, which allows our students to grow their own ideas into realistic business cases and project proposals to sharpen their skills for their future career.

From its nationally recognised environmental volunteering scheme the University of Leicester has placed the student voice at the core of its sustainability work with delicious results.

Dr Sandra Lee, Acting Sustainability Manager with the University’s Environment Team, said: “Our student-led approach has already been highlighted by the NUS as an example of best practice and we have been asked by the sector to run a webinar to other universities so they can learn from our experiences. 

“The APPLES initiative helps students to work to their full potential, planting seeds of opportunity and encouraging them to approach problems and challenges creatively. We support and educate students through politics and projects so they can make a real difference.

“Leicester has been a finalist three times at the Green Gowns previously and we are excited to co-sponsor the event this year as we are proud to showcase our exemplary sustainability work, not least of all the largest Passivhaus building in the UK - the Centre for Medicine.”

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK and Ireland as the education sector leads a path to efficiency, employability and better quality of life for us all.

The judging panel consists of over 80 representatives from the diversity of the education sector and experts in the various fields, including Universities UK, Department of Energy and Climate Change, PwC, WWF and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), said: “The Green Gown Awards provide our learning institutions and their staff and students a real opportunity to break down the barriers and achieve engagement and change. The Awards bring together leaders, academics, managers, students and wider communities together to recognise the pioneering achievements being made in across education, both in the UK and globally, for a better quality of live and a more sustainable future.”

Nolan Smith, Director of Finance, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and support partner for the dissemination of the Awards and the case studies added: “We recognise the fantastic contribution the Green Gown Awards make in celebrating and encouraging the excellent work on improving sustainability across higher education. This is such an important area for institutions in terms of reducing environmental impact, improving student experience and making financial savings.”

This year the winners will be announced at a ceremony being held in Leicester at The Athena in the city’s Cultural Quarter on 10 November which will be sponsored by Leicester in partnership with De Montfort University and the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges.

A full list of the 115 Finalists in the 2016 Green Gown Awards is available here: http://www.greengownawards.org/2016-finalists

More information about the APPLES initiative is available here: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/student-opportunities/apples


Notes to editors:

For more information contact Dr Sandra Lee on sll33@le.ac.uk


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