University makes corporate responsibility shortlist

University makes corporate responsibility shortlist

Pictured with Queen's Shortlist Certificate are the University's Environmental Manager Sara Lynch and Energy Manager Tony Schmidt. Also pictured are Stephen Aston, NIEA, Catherine Mason, Translink and Jim Kitchen, Soil Association

Queen’s has made it onto Business in the Community’s shortlist for its 2012 Regional Impact Awards for corporate responsibility.

The University has been shortlisted in the Environmental Improvement category which is sponsored by Translink.

Queen’s has been shortlisted for its approach to sustainability which includes the development and implementation of a number of strategies and programmes for the University’s most significant environmental impacts. These include: the University’s Environmental Policy, Estates Strategy, Carbon Management Plan, University Travel Plan and Environmental Management System.

The University’s approach has resulted in a number of significant environmental improvements, including:

  • Implementation of a 10 year plan to reduce the University’s carbon emissions
  • Investment of over £3 million in energy efficiency and low carbon technology projects
  • Over 100 staff Environmental Champions and 25 Green Teams across the University
  • Increase in the types of waste recycled  – leading to a recycling rate of over 50%
  • A 15% increase in the number of staff using sustainable transport to and from the University, through provision of travel loans, a ticketing facility at the Students’ Union, approximately 600 cycle parking spaces and cycle schemes for staff and students.   
  • Increased biodiversity in University areas  - with the planting of over 420 native trees at Malone Playing fields and an increase in the planting of native species at Ashby, Lennoxvale and the McClay Library
  • 'Design and build' of buildings to a recognised standard of environmental excellence with five ‘BREEAM’ Excellent or Very Good Buildings built to date. These are the McClay Library, Riddel Hall, Anatomy Building, Elms 11 – Postgraduate accommodation and NIACE Bombardier.

Estates Director, Gary Jebb, said: "‘Sustainability’ is at the heart of the University and is identified as a key theme within Queen’s Corporate Plan.  We are committed to continually improving our environmental performance and demonstrating our role within the wider community.

“Significant investment has been made to ensure Queen’s delivers on its environmental objectives and I am delighted that our efforts have been acknowledged in the Regional Impact Awards.”

Paul Rooney, Chair of Business in the Community, said: “These awards are about business making a real and tangible difference to the lives of individuals in our society. If ever there was a time that this needed to happen, it is now. These awards are not easily won. They are rigorous and robust and every company, whether shortlisted or a winner, should be proud of its achievement.

The winner will be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner at Titanic Belfast on 31 May 2012.

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