Green Awards 2011

The efforts made by staff in helping the University to improve its environmental performance and reduce its carbon emissions were celebrated at the inaugural Green Awards Ceremony held on Friday 24 June 2011.

Six awards were handed out to staff from across the University for their ‘green’ achievements during the academic year. Held in the QFT, the event was attended by the Vice-Chancellor, senior managers, Environmental Champions and staff.

The Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, James O’Kane, presented the awards to staff. The winners were:

  • Environmental Champion of the Year – Lynda Mahon, School of Psychology
    Lynda has made an enormous difference to how the environmental impact of the School is viewed by all members of staff.  Before she took on the role of environmental champion the School had not taken account of its environmental impact and did not have a low carbon culture. Lynda actively encourages others to adopt greener and low carbon behaviours, and has implemented a range of waste, travel and energy initiatives in the School.
  • Environmental Team of the Year – Development and Alumni Relations Office
    Adele McMahon, Kyron Armstrong and Michéal O Fearraigh won the award for their enthusiastic and fun approach to going green and demonstrated how team work can encourage positive environmental change among colleagues.
  • Green Directorate of the Year – Student Plus
    Student Plus won the award for demonstrating best practice across several of its areas.  The Directorate has clearly demonstrated a commitment and understanding of the challenge facing the University and a willingness of staff within the Directorate to play their part in whatever way they can.
  • Green Idea Winner - Conor Kilgallen, Estates Directorate
    The principal of this winning idea focuses on educating building users on how their building works, the range of environmental features in place and how best to inhabit it, for example by informing occupants how the sensored cooling and heating systems work.
  • Switch off Winner – Queen’s Sport
    Queen’s Sport reduced its energy consumption during the Easter holiday period by 35%
  • Cycle Challenge Winner – School of History and Anthropology
    Seven members of staff registered commuter journeys during the Cycle Challenge which took place over an eight week period

The Green Awards are a key element in promoting behavioural change among staff and students as set out in the University’s Carbon Management Plan. The CMP sets out the University’s commitment to reduce its carbon emission by 21% by 2020.  A key part in the implementation of the CMP is the engagement of staff and students.

Click on the thumbnails below for photographs of the winners. The Green Awards are also featured in the QTV monthly piece.