Sustainability Awards

Each year we celebrate the sustainable achievements of students and staff at the University of Leeds with the Annual Sustainability Awards.

Creating a future for all

This year’s theme is creating a future for all as we believe sustainability should be inclusive for everyone and so, we strongly encourage applications that have equality, diversity and inclusivity embedded within their approach.

The past year has been challenging for everyone so now, more than ever, we want to celebrate the successes of the whole University community.

Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to the 2021 Sustainability Awards shortlist!

This year, we reached a record number of nominations so we want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination and to those of you who were nominated.

It’s amazing to see all the incredible work going on across the University community to find sustainable solutions on a local, national and international scale.

A special thank you goes out to Ariane Far, Greg Hull, Lorraine William-Jones and Laura York for being part of this year’s judging panel.

We’re very pleased to announce this year’s shortlist of nominations that are up for an award!

  • Ciaran McInerney, School of Computing, for leading sustainable change in the School of Computing
  • Clare Martynski, Priestley International Centre for Climate, and Ian Shaw, School of Politics and International Studies for promoting good health and wellbeing through the University’s Eco-Anxiety group
  • Dr Paola Sakai, School of Earth and Environment, for leading work to increase climate-resilience, health and inclusive growth across the Leeds City region
  • Frances Noble, LUBS, for promoting inclusivity through international student perspectives of sustainability
  • Healthcare Students for Climate Action (HESCA) for developing climate knowledge
  • Kingsley Duru, President of the African and Caribbean Society, for fostering a socially conscious community
  • Local Government Association (LGA) Decarbonising Transport Series for communicating the benefits of decarbonising transport
  • MEETinLEEDS, the International Student Office, the Student Education Service and Great Food at Leeds for collaborating on inclusivity for international students
  • Mike Leonard, Charlotte Morton and Izzy Walter for their work on a collaborative foodbank project
  • Olivia Solomon, Dennis MacDonald and LUBS Commercial and Professional Skills module students for embedding sustainability in the LUBS curriculum
  • Pandemic Podcast: Student Life during COVID-19 for giving student’s a voice during the pandemic
  • Q Step Summer Placement Scheme for civic collaboration for student sustainability research
  • Rethink Climate Solutions for inspiring sustainable change and innovation
  • The Bambasanani Partnership for promoting sustainable education and health
  • The Big Clear Out project for reducing waste through collaboration
  • The Cleaning Services Team for their sustainable response to the pandemic
  • The Climate Press for improving how climate science is communicated to the public
  • The Educational Engagement Service for educating, inspiring and reducing inequalities amongst young people in schools and colleges
  • The Residential Services Team for integrating the SDGs across delivery
  • The United Bank of Carbon Team for communicating the role of trees in sustainability
  • The Women in Leadership LUU Society for promoting the SDGs to empower female students
  • Vera Trappmann, LUBS, for embedding sustainability in LUBS

Keep a lookout on our social media as we will be announcing the winners for each category in the next few weeks!

We will also be including the announcements on our website and in various newsletters and bulletins circulated by different teams.

In the meantime, why not take a look at our winners from last year.


Sustainability Awards 2021 Categories

This year, we’ve updating the awards in order to incorporate the wide range of sustainability work going on across the University. We have also aligned our award categories to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help guide you in making your nominations.

Please note, in your submission, you may select more than one category. Awards will be sorted into the most appropriate category during shortlisting so please choose a category that you believe to be most relevant to the nomination.

Advancing Sustainability Knowledge Award

Recognises quality teaching, learning and knowledge sharing in sustainability themes, across the University’s academic, professional and operational communities.

Protecting our Planet Award

Celebrates individuals, teams, projects, activities or initiatives which have worked to enhance the University’s environmental impact.

Local Impact Award  

Recognises inspirational projects or individuals/groups that have a significant local impact in addressing sustainability challenges.

Global Impact Award

Recognises innovative projects or individuals/groups that have a significant global impact in addressing sustainability challenges.

Culture of Collaboration Award

Celebrates the building of strong and effective partnerships, within or beyond the university community, to find sustainable solutions.

Building a Sustainable Community Award

Celebrates individuals, groups or activities that contribute to enhancing the health, wellbeing, equality, diversity and/or inclusion of our community, either within the University or beyond.

Stay up to date

The Awards take place each summer. Sign up to the Sustainability newsletter and we’ll let you know when the winners are announced!

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work on the Sustainability Awards is linked to all of the SDGs.

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.