Going Green in 2016; double win for UWE Bristol at Business Awards

Issue date: 24 February 2016

UWE Bristol’s Green Capital Strategy Team with thier awards

UWE has picked up two awards at the Go Green Business Awards 2016 Ceremony, held on Tuesday 18February at the Bristol Hotel, and organised by Low Carbon South West and Business West.

The Awards recognise organisations and businesses in the South West who have made a commitment to, and are working towards, a sustainable future in the city.

UWE Bristol's Energy Team picked up the 'Most Improved' award in the 'Energy and Efficiency' category, for a range of initiatives across the different UWE Campuses, including: the draught proofing of the Glenside Campus and encouraging students to engage in 'going green' via a game developed for Android phones.

UWE Bristol's Green Capital Strategy Team were runners up and 'Highly Commended' in the top 'Driving Force' category. The award recognises the team, or individual, who has been a driving force in making the biggest green changes in an organisation throughout 2015. Staff and students from the Faculties, Services and the Students' Union worked together across the University, and in the city region, to deliver a varied an innovative programme of events, activities and opportunities to promote sustainability. Vicki Harris and Georgina Gough, the University's Green Capital Co-ordinators, received the award on behalf of the team.

Vicki Harris, says, “We are very pleased to receive this award in recognition of our efforts last year. The impact of Bristol 2015 on the University has been very positive: it put the spotlight on sustainability issues and practice, and acted as an exciting means to inspire and involve our students and staff. Above all Bristol 2015 has given us all hope and momentum for the future. In the words of the 2016 Green Capital message 'It doesn't stop here!'”

Georgina Gough, says, “UWE Bristol's significant contribution to the happy, healthy and sustainable city agenda of Bristol 2015 is reflective of our institution-wide support for sustainability. It is great to have the impact that this support delivers, acknowledged via this award.”

James Longhurst, Assistant Vice-Chancellor: Environment and Sustainability at UWE Bristol, says, “I am delighted that the great work of so many colleagues has been recognised by the Go Green Awards. Together, staff and students are helping UWE Bristol on its journey to becoming a truly sustainable University, and we are very proud to be a 'Go Green Prove It' alumnus.”

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