20 June 2016

Over 50 awards presented at Sustainability Showcase

The first annual Sustainability Showcase event, organised by the Environmental Sustainability team, took place on 15 June at the Blavatnik School of Government. Building on the success of the Green Impact awards held for the previous two years, the event recognised and rewarded staff and students for environmental sustainability projects, ideas, and progress through the year, with over 50 awards being presented across five programmes.

Green Impact selfie frame Four students were presented with Vice-Chancellor's Social Impact Awards, celebrating students who have shown exceptional commitment to creating positive social change. Projects recognised in the awards, which were run by student-led group Oxford Hub, included LinkAges, a student led intergenerational volunteering project that tackles loneliness in older people.

The Carbon Innovation Programme (CIP), which was developed and offered by the Environmental Sustainability team, recognised a team of four individuals who designed an innovative carbon reduction project aimed at reducing energy use by fume cupboards. The CIP itself picked up an International Innovative Collaboration Award from the International Sustainability Campus Network.

The Student Switch Off and Green Impact engagement programmes developed by the National Students Union and run by the Environmental Sustainability team recognised 45 teams from across the collegiate University.  St Peter’s College received the Student Switch Off plaque, reflecting the high level of engagement achieved.

Green Impact sees teams recognised at four levels: working towards bronze, bronze, silver, and gold. 45 teams took part across the University this year with 16 teams reaching the gold level, an outstanding achievement, including the Estates Services team at the Malthouse. Special Green Impact awards were presented in four categories: Best Newcomer, Innovation, Staff Award and Student Award.Estates Services - Green Impact gold

Student and staff prizes were also awarded in the Sustainable Photographer of the Year 2016  competition.

The full list of winners can be seen on the Estates Services website.