The efforts of staff and students in helping the University to reduce its carbon emissions have been recognised at this year’s Green Awards.
During 2016-17, the University reduced its carbon emissions to 23.3k tonnes.
At the Green Awards ceremony, which took place in Riddel Hall, 78 teams, involving 20 Schools and Directorates, received their Green Impact accreditation.
Among them were the ECIT AWARE Green Impact Team and the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education who received Platinum awards by completing the highest number of environmental actions through Green Impact.
Special awards were also handed out across a range of categories:
- Undergraduate Student Leadership Award: Joseph Murray, Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education, for his role in Green Impact
- Postgraduate Student Leadership Award: Chris McCallum, for his role in Engineers Without Borders
- Innovation for Engagement Award: School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for the Sustainability & Wellbeing Fit-Bit scheme
- Environmental Improvement Award: The Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education, CCRCB and CEM Green Impact Teams for the Health Sciences Medicinal Garden
- Community Action Award: The McClay Library Green Impact Team for A Series of Environmental Engagement Talks
- Environmental Champion of the Year: Gary Daly from Campus Food and Drink
Four student groups also picked up awards for their Green Challenge Projects, a scheme open to all Queen’s students who have exciting and innovative idea to foster positive behaviour change and promote environmental awareness around the University.
The four projects are:
- Enhancing a usable space into a wellbeing garden at the David Keir building
- Engineers Without Borders – reusable coffee cup education and networking event
- Engineers Without Borders – reusable water bottle project
- Assist with development of a medicinal garden on the Health Sciences Campus