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The greenest University in London celebrates staff sustainability

The Sustainable City Awards recognise staff engagement in green initiatives

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

Staff from across City have been recognised for their green credentials at the 2017 Sustainable City Awards. The awards celebrated the enthusiasm and commitment of staff who have taken part in the Sustainable City Challenge this year. The City-wide contest aims to empower staff to take an active role in improving the sustainability of City, by encouraging them to take green actions, enter competitions and run their own sustainability projects or campaigns.

As part of the challenge, staff can earn points for their green actions that have a direct impact on the environment and the targets City has set to address these. These actions include everything from improving recycling levels for their department to reducing printing volumes. Points are awarded based on the department’s actual performance in the area concerned. Staff can earn points by entering monthly competitions run by the Sustainability team. These cover themes including waste, water, energy and sustainable food.

Points are also awarded to teams or individuals who run their own campaigns or ‘Extra Mile’ projects. This year’s featured projects included the ‘On Your Bike’ initiative run by Student and Academic Services - a public event promoting cycling to staff, students and members of the public. The event, held outside CitySport, included several attractions for people to try, including pedal-powered smoothie bikes, an electric car, cycling classes and free bike maintenance checks.

Jason Clarke, Head of Sustainability at City said:

The Sustainable City Challenge hopes to improve not only the performance of City regarding carbon emissions but also staff understanding of a range of sustainability issues. The involvement from staff this year shows the commitment across the university to develop a sustainable City by working together to create change. We hope to encourage more collaborative working between teams throughout the 2017/18 Sustainable City Challenge, which will be launching in July.

The Sustainable City Challenge is part of City’s overall sustainability strategy. Over the past few years, City has made significant progress on its path to becoming a more sustainable institution. It is on track to reduce carbon emissions by 43 per cent by 2020, one of the only universities who remain on track to achieve their carbon target. The amount of water City consumes is down by 3.6 per cent on last year and overall nearly 65 per cent of waste is recycled. In the last three years, a project encouraging staff and students to switch to tap water has saved an estimated 840,000 plastic bottles from going to landfill. The People and Planet Universities League Table 2016 ranked City as the greenest university in London and seventh nationally.

At the ceremony, the following departments were recognised with bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards acknowledging their increasing levels of participation and engagement. Seven special awards were also given out in recognition of individuals or teams who had exceeded expectations.

Winners

Participation

Cass Business School

Human Resources

Learning Enhancement and Development

President's Office and Strategic Planning and Performance Unit

School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering

The City Law School

Bronze awards

Information Technology

Research and Enterprise

Property and Facilities

Silver awards

Finance

School of Arts & Social Sciences

Governance Team and International Partnerships and Development

Gold awards

Marketing & Communications

School of Health Sciences

City Students' Union

Development and Alumni Relations

Platinum awards

Library Services

Student and Academic Services

Special awards

Team Participation Certificate

Development and Alumni Relations Office

Most Improved Team

Student and Academic Services

Manager of the Year

Matthew Such

Extra Mile Project – Highly Commended

Marketing and Communications and Student and Academic Services.

Extra Mile Project – Highly Commended

School of Health Sciences.

Extra Mile Project of the Year

Student and Academic Services

Overall winner

Library Services.

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