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30 June 2008 PR 08/96

Halls’ carbon footprint benefits from students’ competitive spirit

A competition between Loughborough University’s halls of residence has enabled them to drastically reduce their carbon footprint and raise money for charity at the same time.

The Energy League pits halls of residence against each other in a bid to see which hall can reduce their energy consumption and their carbon footprint by the most. This year the hall students reduced their carbon footprint by 110 tonnes of CO2, which equates to a financial saving of £15,000.

The League was introduced in 2006 and is run jointly by Imago Services (the University’s hall management operation), Estates Services and the Students’ Union.

“At the start of each year, every hall is given an energy target based on their result from last year and current Government benchmarking,” explains Chris Steele, Imago Services’ environmental and sustainability coordinator.

“There are awards each term, with the hall that has improved the most up to that point receiving £200 from Imago Services towards their RAG charity donation. The overall winner is then announced at the joint Students’ Union and University Building Environmental Sustainability Together (BEST) awards at the end of the year.”

This year the halls also embarked on another scheme called Bottles for Bounty – every month the halls’ bottle crates were weighed and for each kilo recycled they received five pence from Imago Services towards their RAG charity donation. This year the halls recycled a total of two tonnes of glass.

Next year the Energy League will run alongside the Bottle for Bounty scheme, which will increase the competitive spirit among the halls whilst increasing students’ awareness of sustainability on campus.

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  1. The Building Environmental Sustainability Together (BEST) awards were launched in 2006 and aim to recognise individuals and groups at the University who have shown real commitment to green issues.

    In May Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) was named as the 7th ‘greenest’ organisation in the country, in the Sunday Times Green List 2008. It was also named winner of the award for the best small company with low environmental impact.

  2. 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 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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