Celebrating Green Impact

Colleagues from across the University came together to recognise and celebrate the success achieved during the first year of Green Impact at a special Green Impact Awards event.

Although Green Impact - the environmental accreditation scheme run by the National Union of Students - has only been in place for a year it has already achieved success, with 27 teams registering and 20 teams being audited.   Even more remarkable is the fact that two teams - Information Systems Services and Leeds Institute of Health Sciences - achieved Gold accreditation.  Eleven teams were accredited to Bronze standard and a further eight were recognised as working towards accreditation.

Dr Lizzie Reather (Faculty of Medicine and Health) received a special award sponsored by the union Unite for her 'Outstanding commitment to sustainability'.  Presenting the award Jo Westerman MBE, chair of Leeds University branch, praised Liz's ongoing campaigning on environmental issues within the University, saying:  "As well as co-ordinating her faculty's uptake in Green Impact, she takes part in and supports a wide range of sustainability initiatives, including acting as joint-chair of the University Bicycle Users Group (BUG) and working to improve infrastructure for cyclists across the campus."

"Staff and departments who have signed up to the scheme are leading the way," said Dennis Hopper, Director of Facilities Management.  "It's great to see that real progress is being made across the University."

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Education Vivien Jones echoed the sentiment, saying: "This is an area that the University takes very seriously and it's important to recognise the huge efforts that people have made to participate in Green Impact. The first year of the scheme has been very successful, and has highlighted the large number of staff working together to create a sustainable environment."

Emphasising the green theme of the event, guests were given a small bar of Green & Black's organic chocolate and a packet of seeds, and enjoyed a buffet of locally-sourced products (where possible).  The glass awards themselves were made out of recycled bottles etched with the winners' details.

Gold Award

Information Systems Services (ISS)
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS)

Silver Award

No silver awards

Bronze Award

Access and Community Engagement
Estate Services
School of Healthcare
Leeds University Library
Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU)
Strategy and Planning
Student Administration
Leeds Dental Institute
Institute of Transport Studies
Earth and Environment
LIGHT Building

Working towards

Communications and Press Office Team
Faculty of Medicine and Health
School of Education
Engineering (SPEME)
Sport and Physical Activity
Catering and Conferencing
School of Music

Unite award for outstanding commitment to sustainability 

Dr Lizzie Reather (Faculty of Medicine and Health)

Visit the Green Impact website for more details.  

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