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Champions Programme named Environmental Project of the Year

Champions Programme named Environmental Project of the Year

Pictured at the Sustainable Ireland Awards, L-R: BBC's Noel Thompson; Queen's Environmental Manager Sara Lynch; Richard Ward from award sponsor Shelbourne Motors; Environmental Champion Lynda Mahon; and Golda Burrows, Sustainable Ireland

The University’s Environmental Champion Programme has been named the Environmental Project of the Year at the Sustainable Ireland Awards.

The programme, which has resulted in the implementation of over 800 environmental actions across the University, was praised by the judges for its engagement with all levels of staff.

Since the programme was launched over 100 staff have volunteered to act as Champions to raise awareness of environmental issues among colleagues and to promote positive behavioural change.

During the last year, the Champions have implemented hundreds of environmental actions, covering waste, travel and energy, through the University’s participation in an environmental accreditation and reward scheme called Green Impact. They have been supported in their role by a range of awareness events, training sessions and regular sustainable communications, including an ezine, website and intranet site.

Environmental Champion in the School of Psychology Lynda Mahon, who collected the award along with Environmental Manager Sara Lynch, said: “In our School, the Environmental Champions programme has encouraged us to think about our impact on the environment and has motivated us to make small everyday changes which are making a real difference to the environmental performance of our School and the University.  The initiative has been an exciting challenge and I look forward to the next step in Queen’s sustainable programme.”

If you would like to get involved in the Environmental Champions programme or would like further information on what it involves, please contact carbonmanagement@qub.ac.uk

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