Green Impact awards recognise environmental achievements

Posted on 07/06/2012

Green Impact teams from across the College gathered together for the Green Impact Awards Ceremony, when Simon Higman, Registrar and Secretary, presented certificates to celebrate their environmental achievements to date.

Royal Holloway was selected to take part in Green Impact, an exciting programme led by the National Union of Students (NUS) last Autumn. The accreditation scheme helps staff and students reduce their environmental impact by encouraging and recognising practical environmental improvements.

In its first year the scheme has empowered a number of individuals and departments to monitor and improve their working environments.

Anna Kosteletos, the College's Energy & Sustainability Manager said,

"We are delighted that two teams managed to achieve the Bronze Award, which is great news as this is the first year we have taken part. Collectively, our teams performed 96 new greening actions and the scheme has been a great success in helping the College to become a sustainable institution. "

Here are some quotes from those that have taken part as to why they feel it is important to them:

“To increase and build upon what we were/are already doing within the department.  Raising awareness and the positive comments, suggestions and feedback from students and staff.”

“I already have an interest in green issues so I really wanted to take part to make the library a more green-friendly place.  The biggest achievement was getting other staff in the department involved which was great!”

“It is important to look after the environment and try at home and it’s good that I can also do what I can in the office.  Reducing paper usage is one of my main focuses.  It is good to see how a small change has a big impact year on year!”

If you are interested in getting involved in Green Impact next year, please contact the Sustainability Office.

Anna Kosteletos, Energy & Sustainability Manager

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