The University and our catering contractors Aramark have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Green Gown Awards 2020. We find out the final results in April!

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the further and higher education sector.

Our project was a positive impact initiative to contribute towards building a sustainable university. We focused on reducing our energy, water, and waste consumption, while promoting collaboration and awareness of sustainability across the University. We wanted to make a significant environmental improvement in line with the University’s principles and therefore took an innovative approach by hiring a new student employee to work with the University stakeholders to implement a range of initiatives, all with the aim of demonstrating our commitment to the SDGs.  
It was an ambitious programme that required input from all areas of the catering team such as reducing our energy consumption in the kitchens, helping with re-launching the University’s growing spaces, and achieving a number of accreditations like the Green Kitchen Standard. Momentum built around this project in the first year and this has now become an ongoing programme with Aramark and the University. 
Top 3 learnings:
  1. We learned the power and importance of working in partnership towards creating a sustainable future. 
  2. We stayed focused and motivated by setting realistic and achievable targets. 
  3. We saw the positive impact that our sustainability commitments had on the students’ experience which kept us driven and motivated. 

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