Green Gown

Date published: November 16, 2017

University Gets Green Gown glory

Staff and students from the University of Salford are celebrating after winning last night at the Green Gown Awards in Manchester.  Our celebrated Energy House received the highest accolade as the Institution winner in the competitive Research and Development category. Student Gemma Small was also a worthy finalist in the same category.

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK and Ireland as the education sector leads a path to efficiency, employability and better quality of life for us all.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Marshall said: “We were proud to have been co-sponsor for the Green Gown Awards this year with our fellow Greater Manchester institutions. As universities, we are at the heart of this agenda from an innovation, research and development perspective, but also our role in civic society to lead by example, in terms of how we operate and how we try and encourage others to change behaviour. 

“At Salford, we are truly committed to a sustainable future. Our ICZ agenda is a fantastic opportunity to do good for our University, our community and our students to really make a difference in the world. The Sustainable Development Goals highlight the multidisciplinary challenges; it’s about people coming together, sharing their knowledge and ideas to spark different ways of doing things."

Bec Bennett, Environmental Sustainability Officer added: “Here at Salford, we recognise the vital contribution that the higher education sector has to make towards sustainability through our industry collaboration zones of which energy is one of the key themes. We carry out extensive research through our world-leading Energy House and have far-reaching impact in areas such as fuel poverty and retrofit technologies. We have reinforced our research on campus by reducing the University’s carbon emissions by over 40% since 2005. We were delighted to pick up two Green Gown awards last year for our Castle Irwell Flood Basin Project and the work of Student Danielle Butler from the Sustainable Housing and Urgan Studies unit, and are thrilled that the work of the Energy House came out on top this year."

You can watch Professor Will Swan talk more about this year's successful Green Gown entry, our Energy House – winner in the institutional category for Research and Development here

You can see a case study and video about the work of Student Finalist, Gemma Small here 

You can see a snapshot of the kinds of innovative work undertaken by all the finalists in the special award ceremony brochure here.

The host at the black-tie event were renowned poet and Chancellor of the University of Manchester Lemn Sissay MBE alongside Iain Patton, CEO of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and during the ceremony, guests will be entertained by the University of Salford Brass Ensemble, led by Dr Brett Baker.

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