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University Short Listed for Prestigious Green Awards

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The University of Worcester has been short listed in two categories at the Green Gown Awards 2011.

The Awards, which are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), recognise the exceptional initiatives undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK to become more sustainable.

More than 240 entries were received across the 13 categories. The University of Worcester has been short listed for the Green ICT Award and the Skills Award.

Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability at the University, said: “‘Getting short listed in two very different categories is immensely pleasing. These awards recognise a lot of hard work achieved by both students and staff in very different ways. Developing students’ skills in sustainability is crucial to help us all make the necessary changes to reduce our impact on the environment. After all today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders.”

Earlier this year the University of Worcester was named as Britain’s third greenest university, and first in the West Midlands, in the People & Planet’s Green League.

The Skills award recognises the achievement in the development of skills relevant to sustainability in apprenticeships, skill-focused courses leading to professional or vocational qualifications or short courses for practitioners.

The nomination for the Green ICT award highlights the University’s recognition of the growing environmental importance of ICT within the educational sector. The University of Worcester has taken steps to minimise energy consumption, carbon emissions, waste generation and other environmental aspects connected with ICT.

Ms Boom said: “Getting recognition for the impressive work by IT colleagues in reducing our carbon footprint is timely. It stands us in good stead ready for when we start to operate out of The Hive, our new joint library and history centre, which is an outstanding sustainable building and having acquired these very sustainable ways of operating our IT functions will help to reduce running costs even further when the building opens in July 2012.’

As sustainability becomes an increasingly important issue on the global agenda, the Green Gown Awards have been established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence.

The standard of entries has increased considerably this year as more universities battled to be short listed.

The winners from the short listed entries will be announced by a celebrity host in an awards ceremony which will take place on Thursday, November 3 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.