On Wednesday 7th June the University held the annual Sustainability Awards, celebrating the work that has gone on this year and the people that have contributed to creating positive change on campus and further afield.

It was great to get together to share the stories and experiences over the past year, hearing the huge range of projects that have been going on at Leeds.

The evening began with a drinks reception and a performance from the staff choir, before Louise Ellis – Director of Sustainability, introduced the event.  In the first half of the evening, Vice-Chancellor – Sir Alan Langlands presented the Sustainability Awards which was followed by a delicious locally-sourced vegetarian dinner and rhubarb or vegan brownie dessert. Click here to view the food map of the Sustainability Awards menu.

The evening concluded with the Green Impact Awards, introduced by Director of Facilities – Dennis Hopper, and presented by Sustainability Intern – Becky Ewan.  This year 36 Green Impact Awards were presented.

The winners of the Sustainability Awards were:

1. Embedding Sustainability through Collaboration:

Nominees comprised of staff or students who have shared skills, ideas or resources across the campus to ensure sustainable practice and values are embedded into the University culture.  This could include working together, reusing, buying collaboratively and sharing best practice.

Staff winner: Grounds and Gardens

Student winner: George Middlemiss

2. Building Knowledge and Capacity

This category involved those who have helped to educate staff or students on sustainability, who have incorporated the concept of a ‘living lab’ and have shared expertise across campus or the local area.  This could encompass skills linked to employability, local projects or an engaging and vibrant campus.

For the student award in this category, we accepted submissions from undergraduates and postgraduates on their innovative dissertations or research proposals that highlight sustainability themes.  For more information please click here

Staff winner: The Priestley International Centre for Climate

Student winner: James Patrick Glover-Ochiltree

3. Being a Positive Partner in Society: 

This award includes individuals or groups who have helped the University to become a positive partner in the community through either fundraising, volunteering, education or collaboration with local businesses.  This could promote an opening and welcoming campus, involve cultural activity or see individuals acting as responsible members of the city.

Staff winner: Georgina Binnie for the Writing Back Project

Student winner: LUUMIC (Music Impact in the Community)

4. Making the Most of Resources:

Nominees include staff or students that have implemented policies, ideas or encouraged behaviour changes to ensure efficient and effective resource management.  Nominations could focus on reducing and reusing, sharing, travel, self-generated energy or performance targets.

Staff winner: Re-use at St Marks Residences

Student winner: Ravi Toor

Team winner: Olivia Miller and the Cleaning Services Team

5. The Sustainable Purchasing Award:

This award celebrates those who have encouraged best practice and innovation in University purchasing.  Nominee’s may have been involved in the process of purchasing more sustainable equipment or products.  In previous years this category has included looking into supply chains and creating sustainability procurement targets.

Winner: Chris Askew, PCB

The full details of all the winners and nominees can be found in the programme here