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28 June 2010 | PR 10/100

University scoops second prestigious award for its environmental commitment

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Pictured at the ceremony, Loughborough University's Greg Watts, Jo Hasbury, Professor Shirley Pearce and Jenny Turner.

Loughborough University has been presented with a second major regional award at the East Midlands Carbon Positive Awards in recognition of its commitment to environmental activities and research.

Having already won the Carbon Positive Footprints Award (for organisations with more than 250 employees), the University picked up the overall Carbon Positive Pioneer Award at the ceremony held on 22 June.

The awards have two main categories - the Carbon Positive Footprint and the Carbon Positive Cutting Edge awards.  The shortlist for the Carbon Positive Pioneer Award is comprised of winners of all the awards in the two main categories.

Supported by East Midlands Development Agency (emda), the awards were organised by Business in the Community, in partnership with CBI, Carbon Trust and Climate° East Midlands. 

This latest award follows Loughborough’s success at the recent national Green Gown Awards, which celebrate the UK’s most sustainable universities and colleges.  The University was Highly Commended in the carbon reduction category.

All the sustainability awards the University has received recognise the success of the It’s Better OFF campaign, which helped the University to lower its carbon footprint by over 5% in its first year.

Dr Anne Mumford, the University’s Director of Change Projects, has been instrumental in the initiative’s success.  She said:  “The Green Gown Awards have shown how well the University is doing in relation to our peers in the higher and further education sector.  The Carbon Positive Footprint Awards have enabled us to gauge our achievements against those of other sectors.  I’m delighted that we have fared so well in both schemes.”

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About Loughborough University
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

About Business in the Community
Business in the Community mobilises business for good. Our members commit to take action on the key issues of today, be they people or planet, and create a unique platform for collaborative action.

Business in the Community’s approach to responsible business provides a clear framework to address new challenges, improve business performance and benefit society.

Our members recognise the relationship between responsible business practice, addressing social and environmental need and the role this plays in building confidence and creating wealth.

We work across four areas of expertise in the workplace, marketplace, environment and community. By sharing knowledge and experience, and developing innovative solutions, we are a catalyst for change and demonstrate the positive impact business can have on society. 

With more than 800 companies in membership, we represent 1 in 5 of the UK private sector workforce and convene a network of global partners. 

Business in the Community is proud to have United Utilities as our Company of the Year 2009.

About emda
East Midlands Development Agency (emda) is one of nine Regional Development Agencies in England, set up in 1999 to bring a regional focus to economic development.

Ten years on, independent evaluation shows emda has:

  • Had a significant impact on the region's economy
  • Generated economic benefits that substantially outweigh its overall costs
  • Put back over £9 of economic output (or GVA) into the regional economy for every £1 it spends
  • Produced more than £1 billion in economic benefits per year
  • A wider impact on people, places and businesses in the East Midlands that cannot be captured by figures alone.

emda is committed to supporting the region through the current downturn and has put in place a range of measures to provide real help during these challenging times. Over the long term, emda's aim is to deliver the 2006 Regional Economic Strategy (RES) by working in partnership with public, private and voluntary organisations.  The RES highlights the themes of productivity, sustainability and equality and sets out key priorities until 2020 to ensure the vision for 'a flourishing region' can be achieved.  www.emda.org.uk

About The Prince’s May Day Network
The Prince’s May Day Network is the UK’s largest group of businesses committed to taking action on climate change.   Businesses are encouraged to take action by reducing their carbon emissions, by innovating low carbon products and services, and by extending their impact to employees, suppliers and customers. The Network was founded by The Prince of Wales in 2007 and is convened by Business in the Community.  Over 1,350 businesses have signed-up to the Network to date. www.maydaynetwork.com

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