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University Nominated for a Record Six Green Gown Awards

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The University of Worcester and the Worcester Students’ Union have been shortlisted in six categories for the 2014 Green Gown awards, underlining the University’s commitment to sustainability.

The awards, run by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and now in their tenth year, recognise ‘exceptional sustainability initiatives’ being undertaken in universities and colleges across the UK, and are regarded as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the sector.

Worcester’s tally of six nominations is the joint highest this year, along with University of the Arts London.

The University is nominated in the categories of Construction and Refurbishment, Courses and Learning, Enterprise, Facilities and Services and Social Responsibility, while the Students’ Union’s Energize Worcester project has been shortlisted for the Technical Innovation for Sustainability prize.

The University’s Director of Environmental Sustainability, Katy Boom, says: “We are so pleased that the innovations and commitment to embedding sustainability throughout all areas of the University have been recognised. 

“We have the explicit vision to promote sustainable ways of working and living and to promote sustainable development with the community, and this success shows we are fulfilling this. 

“The wide ranging projects chosen as finalists all have students and collaboration at their heart.  This is also the first year in which the Worcester Students’ Union has entered a project, so it’s fantastic that Energize Worcester has been nominated for an award.”

Peng Li, Energize Worcester Project Manager, adds: “As a Students’ Union, we regard sustainability as a top priority, therefore we are thrilled that, in our first year of entering these awards, Energize Worcester has been nominated in the Technical Innovation category.

“The project is student-led, and uses an innovative online feedback system to help student tenants learn more about energy consumption and to encourage them to adopt appropriate energy habits for life.”

In all, 102 projects representing 62 institutions are nominated, with the winners to be announced at the Green Gown 2014 Award Ceremony in Manchester in November.