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8 May 2007 PR 07/63

Award scheme celebrates Loughborough’s environmental BEST

Loughborough staff and students’ commitment to environmental sustainability initiatives was recognised on 30 April at the BEST (Building Environmental Sustainability Together) Awards ceremony.

The BEST Awards, held for the first time last year, are a joint initiative between the University and Students’ Union and aim to acknowledge the individuals and groups who have shown real commitment to green issues.

At the ceremony, which took place at the Students’ Union, six awards were made as follows:

“I am both proud and highly honoured to receive the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Sustainability,” said Chris Spencer. “I feel that Loughborough Students’ Union and Loughborough University are the front runners in the country with a well motivated team. I hope that other students’ unions and universities will be as passionate and committed as we are in actively helping to protect the environment.”

The University and Union are both very committed to sustainability. Six years ago Loughborough switched to renewable sources for all its electricity and earlier this year a £1.3 million combined heat and power (CHP) plant became operational, enabling the University to generate its own electricity. In 2005 Loughborough became one of the UK’s first universities to achieve Fair Trade status.

Loughborough’s environmental efforts were recognised earlier this year at the Green Gown Awards, where the University was highly commended for its Energy Efficiency League – a scheme that runs between the University’s student halls of residence and rewards the hall that achieves the greatest reduction in energy consumption.

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  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university

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