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Travel Plan wins sustainability award

Travel Plan wins sustainability award

Andy Bready and Michael Lindsay from Travelwise NI present Queen's Environmental Manager Sara Lynch and Travel Plan Co-ordinator John McCann with the award for 'Most Sustainable Travel Plan'

Queen’s has been recognised for its commitment to environmental sustainability at the recent Action Renewables Awards.

The University’s Travel Plan was named the winner of the ‘Most Sustainable Travel Plan’ at an awards ceremony in Titanic Belfast.

Now in their fourth year, the awards recognise excellence and reward innovation by local companies who are leading the way with renewable energy technologies and sustainability and awareness raising initiatives. Held in association with Tughans and Travelwise NI, the awards are open to all companies throughout Northern Ireland who are showing their commitment to the development and growth of the ‘green’ industry locally.

Queen’s Travel Plan 2010-15 outlines the University’s strategy for reducing single car use by staff and students travelling to the University.

Speaking about the award, the University’s Travel Plan Co-ordinator, John McCann said: “This award is further recognition of the University’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact. 

“It reinforces our commitment to encouraging positive travel behaviours among staff and students through raising awareness of sustainable travel options which offer viable and efficient alternatives to single-occupancy car journeys.”

Andy Bready of DRD Travelwise NI said: "We would like to congratulate all those who entered the awards and encourage other organisations to follow their lead in adopting sustainable business practices. In particular we would like to acknowledge the winners of the ‘Most Sustainable Travel Plan’ category, Queen’s University, for their commitment to supporting sustainable travel alternatives to help relieve congestion, preserve the environment and improve the health and wellbeing of staff.”

Since it was first launched in 2005, the University’s Travel Plan shows the number of staff using sustainable travel to commute to and from work has increased as follows:

  • Bus – 8% to 10%
  • Train – 6% to 13%
  • Walk – 13% to 15%
  • Cycle – 3% to 7%

As part of the Travel Plan, the University continues to work closely with various bodies – Translink, Travelwise NI and Sustrans – in developing and promoting sustainable travel initiatives for staff and students.

To find out more about the University’s Travel Plan, click here.

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