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University takes double win at the Green Gown Awards

8 November 12

The University of Bradford has achieved two major accolades at the prestigious Higher Education Green Gown Awards ceremony last night (5 November).

The Green Gown Awards, held last night at the University of Birmingham, recognise exceptional environmental and sustainability initiatives and are considered the leading award scheme in the sector.

Two Ecoversity projects at the University fought off 68 finalists to win the 'Construction and Refurbishment' category for the Sustainable Student village: The Green and was also awarded Highly Commended in the 'Carbon Reduction' category for its toolkit for waste which saw landfill reduced by 83%. These initiatives aim to embed sustainable development in the learning and living experience of all students. 

During the awards ceremony, the Green Gown judges said: "The Green was an outstanding project with lessons that can be rolled out to the sector."

On the 'Carbon Reduction' category they continued: "The University has taken a methodical approach and the project is very well thought out. We very much like the integration with the curriculum including the University-wide approach."

Clive Wilson, Director of Estates and Facilities at the University of Bradford, said: "We are very proud to win these accolades. It is fantastic external recognition for our sustained programme of waste minimisation. Credit goes to our Ancillary Services and Sustainability teams for all the hard work that has gone into it."

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary, said: "Sustainable Development is a part of the mind-set and culture of the University. We were delighted with the results of the Green Gown Awards and hope through our Ecoversity achievements to inspire other Universities to adopt similar bold approaches."

8 November 12

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