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Prestigious Environmental Award Recognises the Green Status of the University and Council

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The University of Worcester and Worcester City Council have been awarded Gold in the Green Apple Environment Awards.

The University and Council were presented with the award at an award ceremony at the House of Commons.

The winning project, a partnership between the two organisations, targeted over 4,000 students, who are living in university managed and privately rented student accommodation.

Aiming to raise recycling levels amongst students, the project involved 13 student volunteers, who were trained as student advocates. The joint training sessions were led by the University of Worcester and Worcester City Council recycling staff.

“It’s really pleasing to receive a second Gold Green Apple Award for this partnership project, especially when the students put in many hours of voluntary work into its success,” said Katy Boom, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Worcester. “I’m also proud that the University achieves national recognition for a project that has continued and grown in its scope.”

The initial impact of the campaign achieved a 120% boost in recycling in student halls. Recycling rates have remained high throughout the campaign and in the last year 272.14 tonnes were collected in halls, proving that the used approaches were working.

As part of the campaign, free reusable polycarbonate recycling bags were distributed by the University to all off-campus student accommodation. Green recycling bins and re-usable bags were also provided in all kitchens in on-campus accommodation to strengthen the recycling message.

“We are really looking forward to developing the project further to include information and advice on energy initiatives in student houses,” added Katy.

Councillor Roger Knight, from Worcester City Council, said: “As the Cabinet Member for a Cleaner and Greener City in Worcester I am delighted to see that the University of Worcester has won a Green Apple Environment Award. Worcester City Council is proud to have the University as a partner and we are grateful for their ongoing dedicated work in this important area and we believe this education, of young people, in the stewardship of our environment will bring immeasurable benefits in the years to come.”

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