On Wednesday 10th June the Sustainability Service hosted the annual Sustainability Awards. This evening was to celebrate sustainability initiatives on campus and congratulate Green Impact teams on completing another successful year, even with all the changes to the criteria! The evening was organised to have the lowest sustainability impact, this included the standard food option being vegan, the place cards were made from seed paper and the awards were made from recycled furniture from the University. There were a lot of surprised faces when everyone was informed the main course and indulgent chocolate brownie dessert was gluten and dairy free! The original and vibrant table decorations were made by the children at Bright Beginnings, the nursery on campus (we couldn’t have done a better job ourselves).


The first awards of the evening were presented by Sir Alan Langlands, these celebrated sustainability achievement from individuals or team over this past year. The award winners are as followed

Sustainability Awards:

  1. Embedding Sustainability through Collaboration. Winner – Weetwood Grounds Team and LUU Conservation Volunteers for their collaborative work on the University biodiversity agenda. Highly commended – Joanne Jorden for her work sourcing new ethical and sustainable uniforms.
  2. Building knowledge and Capacity. Winner – Enactus: Wise for their project to help socially excluded women re-integrate into their communities. Highly commended – Ian Addy for his support on the ‘living lab’ project, assisting with UTravelActive events and catering for the EAUC conference.
  3. Being a Positive Partner in Society. Winner – Star Bikes for the student project taking unwanted bikes destined for landfill and fixing them up for Asylum seekers and refugees. Highly commended – SPA for their work organising and delivering projects to the community, including schools swimming lessons and Quicksticks Hockey Tournament.
  4. Making the most of Resources. Winner – The Love Leeds Charity Shop for providing a space to engage students with sustainable living, and providing an effective waste management by. Highly commended – Bob Douglass for his work in achieving £25,000 cost savings and significant energy savings.
  5. The architect of possibility. Winner Donella Fernyhough for her work with the ducks at the Roger Stevens pond.


After the meal, James Dixon-Gough and Claire Bastin from the Sustainability Service gave out the Green Impact Awards. The different teams and their various achievements are listed below.

Green Impact Awards


Team Award
Alumni and Development Bronze Workbook and Silver Project
Clean Green Team Bronze Workbook and Silver Project
Deuchars Lab Gold Lab
Eco Food Fighters Platinum Workbook
Education Engagement Bronze Workbook
Green Energy Silver Workbook and Gold Lab
Estates Bronze Workbook and Gold Project
FD HR and Sustainability Bronze Workbook and Gold Project
Facilities Support Office Gold Workbook
Green Earth Silver Workbook
HR Bronze Workbook and Silver Project
International Student Office Bronze Workbook
Lifelong Learning Centre Bronze Workbook and Gold Project
LUBS Faculty Bronze Workbook
Marketing Bronze Workbook and Silver Project
M&S Company Archive Bronze Workbook
Politics and International Studies Silver
Purchasing Bronze Workbook
Residential Services Platinum Workbook
Secretariat Bronze Workbook and Silver Project
SEE Met Instrument Lab Silver Lab
Sports and Physical Activities Platinum Workbook
SDDU Silver Workbook
Strategy and Planning Silver Workbook and Silver Project
Student Operations Bronze Workbook and Gold Project
Student Opportunities and Enhancement Working towards Bronze
Thin Section Workshop Silver Lab
Library Bronze Workbook
SEE Teaching and Preparation Lab Gold Lab
Wellbeing, Safety and Health Silver Workbook
VCEG Bronze Workbook

Green Impact Projects:

  1. 11th Floor EC Stoner Working Group (Alumni and development, HR, Marketing, Secretariat, Strategy and Planning) – A collaborative project as a bake off in order to raise money for charity.
  2. Clean Green Team – The Gumdrop project was rolled out across campus, which introduces facilities which recycle chewing gum and turns them into plastic products.
  3. Estates – To formulate a blueprint for green moves for the University, via a pilot move for the FD, making sure the building, furniture and equipment is as sustainable as possible as well as embedding sustainable work practice
  4. FD HR and Sustainability – To set up ‘climate hubs’ in order to reduce carbon emission and increase consumption awareness by creating University wide engagement from both staff and students.
  5. Lifelong Learning Centre – To implement a building-wide initiative where on one day each month staff, students and visitors to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building are encouraged, where possible, to use the stairs instead of the lifts.
  6. Student Operations – To encourage lunchtime activities out of the office and improve awareness of campus heritage.

All in all, the evening was a great success – thanks to everyone who came! To see more photos from the night, click here.