University sustainability initiatives in line for awards

Leeds has made the final shortlist in two categories of the Green Gown 2015 awards.


The Sustainability and Leeds University Union Partnership initiative, Becoming a Positive Partner in Society, is a finalist in the Community Innovation category.  This initiative aims to support the integration of our students with the local community and to foster the benefits which a large student population can bring to an area.  Advice is offered on issues such as organising and taking part in local events, being good neighbours, and volunteering for local organisations.

The 'Creating Sustainable Futures' Broadening Strands theme of the Leeds Curriculum is a finalist in the Learning and Skills category.  This theme aims to equip our students with the sustainability knowledge and skills that companies, public institutions, government and civil society now require.  It encourages students to engage with the global and local challenges that are shaping our world such as the human cost of cheap consumer goods (poor working conditions, financial inequalities) or the impact of climate change (flooding and droughts).

Now in their eleventh year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the sustainability work being undertaken by universities, colleges, and learning and skills institutions.  They are now established as the most prestigious sustainability awards in the sector.  157 entries were received for the 2015 awards.

Yvonne Hawkins, HEFCE Director (Universities and Colleges), says: “The Green Gown Awards are a tremendous celebration of significant achievements that improve the quality of life for staff, students and the wider community. These projects really do make things better, improving the student experience and saving money whilst benefiting the environment. The Green Gown Awards is an inspiring enterprise and there is much to learn from what others have achieved.”

Winners will be announced in November.

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