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University of Bradford becomes world leader in sustainability

6 July 10

The University of Bradford is the first University in Europe to receive a prestigious international award for sustainability.

Joining last year's winner, the Australia National University, Bradford has been awarded the 2010 International Sustainable Campus Award in the Impact category.

The Impact Award recognises ongoing or completed initiatives at the University that demonstrate how its campus development and management have impacted on its research, teaching and the wider campus community.

This award is the latest in a string of high profile awards and accolades, including being named as the 7th greenest university in the UK according to the People & Planet League 2010.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary, said: "The University has been granted this prestigious award in recognition of its work and commitment to sustainable development.  

"The Ecoversity programme at the University aims to embed sustainable development across the whole institution and has lead to real changes in terms of improvements to buildings, the physical look and feel of the campus, together with strengthened links with the local community.  

"It's five years since Ecoversity was launched at the House of Lords and the initiative is really gaining momentum.  It's because of the continued efforts and the dedication of all staff, students and visitors that the judges honoured Bradford with this award."

The ISCN is a movement established by the world's leading research Universities (Yale, Harvard, and Cambridge) to promote sustainable campus strategies and action worldwide. ISCN was formed five years ago and have been working recently with the Global Universities Leaders Forum (GULF) to promote leadership on Sustainable Higher Education. This is now the second year of the ISCN award.

This international award adds to the reward and recognition that the University has received nationally through the Green Gown Awards 2010.   This year's Green Gown Awards, the most prestigious recognition of successful sustainability projects and programmes in the UK higher education sector saw the University of Bradford be Highly Commended in the Continuing Improvement Specific Area category for 'Being Well on a Greener Campus'.

The award celebrated the major City Campus regeneration which has been occurring since 2004 and has enabled improvements to the wellbeing of campus users and enhancement of the ecological value of the site.  

6 July 10

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