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Sustainability awards celebrate green achievements

City has held its sixth annual Sustainability Awards ceremony to recognise the contributions of staff and students
by Nicola Ranson

The efforts of staff and students to make City a greenerUniversity have been celebrated at the City Sustainability Awards. During the Staff member being presented with an award at Sustainability Awardsceremony held at CityBar on Monday 8th June, 28 awards were handed out to reward participation in the Green Impact and Green Dragons initiatives. Green Impact is a scheme run by the National Union of Students to encourage Universities to become more environmentally friendly. This year, 22 teams took part in the initiative, helping to improve anything from recycling levels to energy usage. 

The highest scoring team was the Green Student Centre led by Claire Taverner
and Lucyna Tomaka who received Platinum accreditation. 

The awards also recognised the teams taking part in the Green Dragons scheme. Green Dragons, an initiative run by the Students’ Union, City Enterprise and the Environment team, supports students to run their own sustainability projects. As part of the programme, students and staff who enter can receive training and advice from experts across the University, along with funding to support their project. Previous projects have included Meat Free Mondays, and Get Your Green On, a project to reduce the use of plastic water bottles on campus. 

This has been a hugely successful year for student and staff engagement in sustainability initiatives.
Dawn White, Environmental Officer

Dawn White, Environmental Officer at City said: “This has been a hugely successful year for student and staff engagement in sustainability initiatives. Afua Yeboa-Henaku, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator and Maria Xypaki, Green Dragons Project Lead did an incredible job leading and supporting the student Sustainability Leaders and staff Environmental Champions in their many and varied Green Impact and Green Dragons projects. We had more people participating in sustainability activities than ever before, which also played a significant role in the University’s impressive fifth place ranking in the national People & Planet University League 2015.”
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