Sustainability Awards 2019: nominate now

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in the name of sustainability?

Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, speaking at last year’s Sustainability Awards ceremony

Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, speaking at last year’s Sustainability Awards ceremony. April 2019

Now you can get their work recognised by nominating them for one of the six categories featuring in this year’s Sustainability Awards.

Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, presented last year’s awards, highlighting his pride in everyone’s efforts in embedding sustainability into University culture.

And you or your colleagues could be celebrating at this year’s ceremony on Wednesday 12 June if you submit a nomination by the deadline of midnight on Sunday 28 April.

Details of the categories are:

Embedding sustainability through collaboration

Developing a collaborative organisation means sharing – from skills and ideas to resources. We need to ensure sustainable practices and values are a part of our day-to-day decision making. Have you worked with colleagues across the University to deliver change, a great new programme or shared your use of space and/or equipment? We know collaboration is a key part of being at Leeds – tell us about the best work you’ve seen going on.

Building knowledge and capacity

Leeds carries out world-class research and education, and is at the forefront of delivering sustainable change. Therefore, we would like to hear about anyone that has:

  • helped to deliver innovative or distinctive teaching to educate students or staff on sustainability
  • incorporated the concept of a ‘living lab’ (research carried out on campus or in the local area that links to operations); or
  • shared expertise across campus or within the local area – or all three! 

Being a positive partner in society

This award is for anyone that has helped us to become a positive partner in the community. This could be in many different forms, such as fundraising, volunteering, education or collaboration with local businesses, whilst also ensuring the University is an open and welcoming space to develop knowledge and skills. We would like to see examples that make Leeds a happier and better place to work and live.

Making the most of resources

From climate change through to plastic pollution, the world is facing increasing global environmental challenges. For this award, we would like to recognise activity that is helping to improve our environment or manage impacts. You might have helped create new habitats, saved energy or water, experimented with new sustainable materials, improved recycling or led on ways to reduce waste. We want Leeds to help us live within our limits – let us know how you’ve helped.

The Sustainable Purchasing Award

The choices we make when purchasing products and services can have a wide range of environmental, social and economic impacts. This award celebrates those who have improved the sustainability of purchasing at Leeds. You might have influenced the purchase of a particular item in a School or Service, had a successful sustainability outcome in a tender or challenged a system-wide issue that led to improvements.

The Student Sustainability Award

This year we have two awards that celebrate student commitments to sustainability, both through curricular and research work and also through volunteering activities and non-curricular projects.

The Significant Contribution to Sustainability Award highlights any stand-out, student-led, non-curricular work that has had a positive impact across campus or the wider Leeds community.

The Curricular and Research Innovation Award can include any original work at the University that has taken place this year.

For the two student award categories, we accept submissions from both undergraduates and postgraduates, and from all disciplines.

See the Sustainability Services website for full instructions and rules, as well as further information about each award category and details of how to submit a nomination.

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