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University of Bradford - Carbon Champion of the Year 2012

10 February 12

The University of Bradford last night received national recognition for its sustainable building programme. It beat off intense competition to claim the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) 'Carbon Champion of Year' award and the 'Client of the Year' award.

The University won 'Carbon Champion of the Year' ahead of competing entries from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, the MoD and Harrods.

The awards programme for the event noted: "The Higher Education sector is in a unique position to make a positive contribution in meeting one of the challenges in our global society. The University of Bradford has embarked on a journey of embedding sustainable development across the whole of the University. It is an ambitious and visionary programme which is creating systemic change across everything they do."

Members of the University's Estates and Facilities team, alongside the University's School of Health Studies Ecoversity Academic Pioneer, attended a ceremony with 750 guests at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Hyde Park, London. They were presented with one the industry's most prestigious awards by BBC News presenter, Huw Edwards.

The CIBSE programme judges commented of the award: "The University has a comprehensive programme which has not only reversed the previous trend of rising energy use and emissions, but reduced them by 8% since the start of the programme in 2005. The length of the programme and the commitment of the University to deliver improved building performance marked them out as the 2012 CIBSE Carbon Champion of the Year."

Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Mark Cleary, said: "It doesn't get much bigger than this in terms of recognition from the Industry of exceptional work in sustainable and environmentally friendly development. As the CIBSE judges said, this award is not for a 'one-year -wonder' but recognises the culmination of the best part of a decade of determined work by the University to produce world-class facilities for our students to live and learn in. We are bucking a trend across the sector as we now seeing our carbon emissions levels falling, and will continue our good progress by opening our Sustainable Enterprise Centre building in 2012."

For more information about the University's Ecoversity programme please visit:-

To read about the awards made to the University in full look at the CIBSE Awards 2012 Winners guide


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