26 July 2018

University shortlisted for two environmental awards

The University of Oxford has been named as a finalist for two awards for its outstanding environmental performance.

BIFM award shortlisting 2018

It is included in the list of finalists for an ‘Impact on the Environment’ award from the British Institute of Facilities Management for the achievements of its Carbon Management Programme. This £14.6m initiative is the main way in which the University aims to meet its ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions from its estate to 33% below 2005/6 levels by 2020/21.

Established in 2011 and managed by the Estates Services Environmental Sustainability team, the programme has already reduced annual CO2 emissions by more than 5,800 tonnes and cut energy costs by nearly £1.4m a year. It won two Building Performance Awards from the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers for the University earlier in 2018.

The ‘Impact on the Environment’ winners will be announced at an event in London on 15 October. Entering the awards was a joint bid between the Environmental Sustainability and Facilities Management teams.

The University has also been shortlisted for a 2018 Green Gown award in the ‘Tomorrow’s Employees’ category, which aims to recognise the university that’s most innovative and forward-thinking in making sure its leaving students are well-equipped to tackle the sustainability challenges of the future. The results will be announced at an awards ceremony in York’s National Railway Museum on 8 November.