10 July 2015
Students’ Union wins two prizes at national sustainability awards ceremony
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Students’ Union (SU) has won two awards and been shortlisted for a third for its work around sustainability.
The UCLan SU was announced as the winner of the Environmental Innovation Award in the Large Commercial institution category at the National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact Awards 2015, which are open to all UK higher education institutions. It was handed the prize for its work in helping to embed sustainability into all UCLan courses.
The SU also won a second award at the same event by picking up the Gold Green Impact Award in recognition of its work over the last year in improving the environmental performance of the Union building and all its activities.
“To get these awards is a great acknowledgement for students and The Union. We now want to go on and do even more.”
UCLan SU Campaigns Officer Lucy Haigh said: “To get these awards is a great acknowledgement for students and The Union. We now want to go on and do even more.”
In addition The SU has also made the final shortlist in the Green Gown Awards, run by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), which are also open all UK higher institutions to celebrate sustainability good practice.
The Union has been shortlisted in the Student Engagement category for its Green Ladder project which will see four areas of the Preston Campus transformed into green areas with an emphasis around reducing environmental impact by growing vegetables, improving biodiversity and using recycled materials. So far, 32 micro allotments have been created on campus and student volunteers have worked to create a secret garden that provides visitors with fruit trees, green surroundings and comfortable outdoor seating.
“I think the awards show what excellent work is going on here at UCLan around sustainability which is being led by students."
Green Ladder Project Manager Emma Bartlet said: “I think the awards show what excellent work is going on here at UCLan around sustainability which is being led by students. We know that students increasingly want sustainability on campus and in their courses; its core to what they expect.”
The winners of the Green Gown Awards will be announced in November.