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Green Impact Awards

9 June 2017

The Sustainable Places Research Institute has been awarded Gold in the Green Impact Awards, one of six gold awards across the University as a whole.

Innovative work at the Research Institute included setting up a wormery to help recycle food waste on site while also making a rich fertiliser for plants growing in the office.  Staff have also been growing edible plants, which they harvest for their lunchtime salads.

Speaking about the award, Steve Goundrey said: “I’m very pleased to be able to accept the award on behalf of the Institute, and it’s great to have achieved a Gold award on the ten year anniversary of the scheme.  As an Institute we get to show that we practice what we preach!”

Green Impact is a change and engagement programme run byt the NationalUnion of Students.  It helps staff and students understand sustainability and social responsibility, shows them what they can do to make a difference, and supports them in achieving these actions. It has been developed over the last ten years, with the academic year 2016 to 2017 being the 10 year anniversary.

Each year awards are given to teams across the UK to recognise their work toward a greener and healthier work environment.  Students receive training to become auditors who check the teams, which helps their own understanding of sustainability and social justice as well as their professional development.