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28 March 2007 PR 07/45

Green Gown awards recognise Loughborough University’s environmental efforts

Loughborough University’s efforts to be more environmentally friendly have been recognised by the national Green Gown Awards.

The awards, run by HEEPI (the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement), recognise excellence in a variety of environmental categories throughout the higher and further education sector.

Loughborough was highly commended in this year’s awards, under the Student Initiatives category, for its Energy Efficiency League which runs between the University’s student halls of residence. The league rewards the hall that achieves the greatest reduction in energy consumption over a set period of time – in 2006 this led to a 4.4 percent drop in electricity use in the participating halls. The scheme is run by Loughborough Students’ Union, funded by the University’s imago Services and technical support is provided by Estates Services.

Roy Hill, Director of the University’s Estates Services said: “This is an excellent scheme that has managed to engage students in a competitive environment to reduce their electricity consumption through being energy efficient. This award is great recognition for an innovative project that has fostered a positive relationship between the University and Students’ Union on sustainability.

“It now forms part of a series of measures that we are implementing and developing to create a more sustainable University. The Higher Education Carbon Management Programme, which we have been involved in for the past year, will build on the foundations that have already been laid.”

The Green Gown awards will be formally presented at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) annual conference on Thursday 19 April. This is the first Green Gown Award the University has received since the awards began in 2005.

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  1. Student Initiatives category awards
    Winner: York University Students’ Union
    Highly Commended: Loughborough University and Students’ Union; Kingston University, Students’ Union and Royal Borough Council; North Devon College Student Green Group; Participating student halls of residence at Loughborough University: Faraday, Royce, Falkner and Eggington, John Philips, Elvyn Richards, David Collett, Rutherford, Telford, Butler Court, Cayley, Hazlerigg/Rutland

  2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough in the top five among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

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