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21 May 2010 | PR 10/86

University wins major award for its environmental commitment

Loughborough University has won a major regional award in recognition of its activities to cut its carbon emissions and manage its carbon footprint.

The Carbon Positive Footprints Award (for organisations with more than 250 employees) is part of the East Midlands Carbon Positive awards, which will be presented at the East Midlands Awards for Excellence on 22 June.

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. 

All businesses in the East Midlands were eligible to enter the awards, which have two main categories - the Carbon Positive Footprint and the Carbon Positive Cutting Edge awards.  There is also a Carbon Positive Pioneer Award, the shortlist for which is comprised of winners of all the awards in the two main categories. The winner of this overall award will be announced at the ceremony in June.

Dr Anne Mumford, the University’s Director of Change Projects, says the University is delighted with its latest success.

“One of our priorities at Loughborough is to develop and maintain a sustainable and attractive campus, and we’ve made great progress in not only raising awareness of environmental issues among our staff, students and visitors, but also getting people to take action.

“For instance, the ‘It’s Better Off’ awareness campaign, provides practical advice on steps we can all take, on campus and at home, to improve our environment.  In the first 12 months we reduced electricity usage by 5.75%, which equates to a financial saving of over £100,000.

David Cooke, Regional Director of Business in the Community, commented: “The Carbon Positive Awards have identified what is being done in the East Midlands to tackle climate change.   We should be very proud as a region of what is being done to tackle this issue and we celebrate the array of innovative solutions that businesses are adopting to increase their sustainability and tackle climate change.

“I congratulate the winners and I encourage every business in the region to do their bit in tackling climate change.”

emda’s Head of Sustainable Economic Development, James Luger, said: “We are supporting Business in the Community’s Carbon Positive Awards to celebrate low carbon innovation in the East Midlands, and help inspire other regional businesses to see how they can reduce their carbon emissions, develop new market opportunities and reduce their impact on the environment.”

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For all media enquiries contact:

Beverley Toone
Regional Contact
Business in the Community
T: 07739 217926
E: Beverley.Toone@bitc.org.uk 

Hannah Baldwin
Head of PR
Loughborough University
T: 01509 222239
E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

  1. The winners of the other East Midlands Carbon Positive Awards were:
    Carbon Positive Cutting Edge (for less than 250 employees) - Larkfleet Group
    Carbon Positive Cutting Edge (for more than 250 employees) - Boots UK Ltd
    Carbon Positive Footprints (for less than 250 employees) – No overall winner

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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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