University of Essex

7 July 2017

Environmental champions honoured at awards ceremony

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University staff  were celebrated for their sustainability and eco-friendly ethics at the annual Green Impact Awards.

Winners of the Green Impact Awards 2017

Winners of the Green Impact Awards 2017

The ceremony, which took place on Thursday rewards teams who made huge contributions to reducing the University’s carbon footprint in an incentive to reduce carbon emissions by 43% by 2020.

Professor Jules Pretty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and Professor of Environment and Society, presented the awards and explained the importance of environmental issues and how natural spaces can positively impact us.

Winners were presented with gold, silver and bronze plaques, certificates and prizes; and a selection of ‘Green Impact Environmental Heroes’ nominees were awarded with certificates and jars of local honey.

Around 75 members of staff joined in the celebrations which took place at the Hex on Colchester Campus. Here is the breakdown of this year’s results:

  • 35 active teams who submitted workbooks, up from 33 in 2015-16.
  • Nine of this year’s teams were new to Green Impact.
  • 1,145 actions completed
  • 136 active participants using the online workbooks
  • 23 students signed up to take part as Green Impact Project Assistants
  • 8 students received IEMA accredited training which equipped them with skills to then complete team audits in May

Sustainability Projects Assistant Daisy Malt said: “We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of the teams who took part – we’ve a record 37 awards to give out this year, ranging from Working Towards Bronze, all the way up to Gold Projects.

We have already begun developing next year’s programme; aiming to further integrate with other University programmes and strategies, increase student involvement and continue to raise the profile of sustainability on campus.”

Gold Projects

This year the Gold Project level was introduced to the programme, to allow teams who had previously completed Gold to design and implement their own project.

The Faculty of Social Sciences Offices Team, led by Karla Folkard, worked with the Outreach team (and using students from LiFTS) to create a recycling education session to be delivered in local primary schools.  The pilot took place in March, and the programme has now taken place at other schools.  The story was featured on the Essex Daily Blog – http://blogs.essex.ac.uk/essexdaily/2017/03/29/making-a-green-impact-on-the-planet-bog/

The Humanities Faculty Office Team, led by Julie Storey, developed the Humanities Green Hub – working with Humanities departments to share their experience and expertise to support them as they took part in Green Impact.  Their target was to get all of their teams to at least Bronze standard this year – and in fact three achieved Silver – by giving advice and organising events such as a photo competition, gathering ‘Green Pledges’ and holding a bake off.

Special Awards

Green Impact participants were invited to nominate their colleagues for special awards – those they felt deserved to be recognised for exceptional efforts during the programme.  A total of 10 awards were presented, to both staff and students who had taken part.  Winners are listed below.

Community Initiative Antony Churchill – Green Thumb Society/Campus Garden (student)
Environmental Hero Karla Folkard – Faculty of Social Sciences Offices
Julie Arvidson – Biological Sciences
Ernie Simpson – Faculty of Science and Health
Carrie Elmer – Lang & Ling (now Estates)
Lauren Hollas – HHS Southend
Monika Steinke – Psychology
Chloe Chong – Finance
Patrick Yates – SPAH (student)
Louise Ratnage – Event Essex

The table below lists the departments that took part in the programme and the awards received.

Award level Team 2015-16 result
Working Towards Bronze Employability and Careers Bronze
ISER New
Marketing and Student Recruitment New
Bronze Accommodation Operational Office Bronze
Accommodation South Courts A3 (Office/Cleaning & Portering) New
Biological Sciences Working Towards Bronze
Campus Services Bronze
Essex Business School Bronze
Economics New
Essex Pathways New
Law New
Mathematics Bronze
Organisational Development New
Print Essex Bronze
Southend SU New
Sports Centre Bronze
UKDA Bronze
University Square (Office/Cleaning & Portering) New
Silver CER Central Team Bronze
Essex Food (Catering) Bronze
Event Essex Bronze
Faculty of Science and Health Bronze
Health & Human Sciences Southend Bronze
History Bronze
LiFTS Bronze
Psychology Bronze
SPAH/ISC Bronze
Southend Campus Bronze
Vice-Chancellor’s Office Bronze
Gold Estate Management Section Silver
Faculty of Social Sciences Offices Gold
Finance Silver
Humanities Faculty Office Gold
Language & Linguistics Working Towards Bronze
Strategic Planning & Change Section Gold
Gold Project Faculty of Social Sciences Offices New
Humanities Faculty Office New

Please click here to view photos from the event on Flickr.

Find out more about our sustainability engagement group and the University’s environmental and sustainability policy online.

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