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The Green Tie Awards evening is an annual event to celebrate the achievements and progress staff and students have made to embed sustainability in all aspects of the University.

Now in their seventh year, the theme for this year’s event was air pollution. They were hosted by the Sustainability Unit in Churchill House, on the Queen’s Park Campus.

The evening started in the Atrium with a variety of showcase stalls, before guests made their way upstairs to the De Gaulle Brasserie for the presentation of awards.

The University’s Grounds and Gardens team were offering an array of bulbs in a pick ‘n’ mix style, as well as tomato plants and different herbs that people could pick up for a small donation, made via a Caring Cup, for Share Aid. So far, they have raised over £45.

With Clean Air Day in mind, which was on June 20, people also wrote down their pledges of how they plan to reduce air pollution.

In total 13 University teams won a Green Impact award, which is part of the Green Impact initiative, recognising staff’s commitment to improving the environmental performance within their department. There were three platinum, three gold, three silver, and three ‘working towards’ accreditations, having completed all of the essential criteria. There was also an excellence project award.

The full list of winners and some of their key highlights are:

Excellence project: Student Futures Super Savers. The team ran a 12 Days of Kindness campaign where staff and students were encouraged to donate items, such as food and warm clothing, that would be given to Chester Aid to the Homeless, Share Shop and Chester and West Cheshire Foodbank. They also created a 12 Days of Kindness checklist that encouraged people to take part in different acts of kindness, from supporting an independent store owner to taking part in a litter pick.

Platinum: Seaborne Library and Information Services (LIS); Riverside Library and Information Services; Estates and Facilities – The Fast and The Futurists.

Gold: Grounds and Gardens team; Hospitality and Residential Services – Catering Services; Warrington Frogs (Broomhead Library, Warrington).

Silver: LIS Sutton Library (Thornton); Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions (MRA) Green Impact team; Marriss House Library.

Working Towards: Corporate Communications; Queen’s Park Green Impact team; Warrington Domestic.

The evening ended with the presentation of the Special Awards, seven categories to recognise staff and students who have gone above and beyond the actions in the workbook. The workbook is an online collection of criteria that encourage teams to make simple changes to their behaviour, to gain bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and excellence awards.

Winners of the Special Awards

Best Newcomer: Grounds and Gardens.

Innovation for Engagement: Joint winners: Seaborne and Riverside LIS for their Plastic Reducing Week.

Environmental Improvement: the Pop-Up Patch Challenge (which promotes repairing and reusing clothes rather than sending them to landfill).

Community Action: the Caring Cups campaign – which has raised over £1,000 for Share Aid.

Student Leadership: Student Joe Moodie won for his incredible commitment to the University’s Welly Wednesday initiative.

Sustainability Star: Chloe Convery.

Environmental Hero: Lauren Holmes.

Heather Johnson, Environmental Administrative Assistant in the University’s Sustainability Unit, organised the awards evening. She said: “It was great to celebrate all of the teams’ hard work and their commitment to Green Impact as well as finding out more about all of the projects they have come up with and organised.  It was also lovely to read all the positive things colleagues had to say about one another in the special awards nominations. It certainly made judging a difficult job.”

Tamara Hunt, Sustainability Officer at the University of Chester, added: “Often it may feel that small actions taken on a day to day basis can seem insignificant or have little impact, but Green Impact demonstrates that, together, as a Green Impact team, a Department, as the University and as part of the wider community, these small actions really do add up to deliver change. The Green Tie Awards are the highlight of the year in the Sustainability Office, and it is amazing to see the commitment, and the innovative ways the teams tackle the challenges they face.”

 

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