GCU wins Environmental Initiative of the Year

29 October 2010

GCU wins Environmental Initiative of the Year

GCU is now working towards gold and platinum EcoCampus status

GLASGOW Caledonian University’s commitment to sustainability was rewarded when it won Environmental Initiative of the Year at last night’s Herald Society Awards. The award was shared with Aberdeen City Council, for A Tree for Every Citizen.

The past year has seen a number of environmental successes for GCU. In April 2010, it became the first university in Scotland to achieve Silver in the EcoCampus awards scheme.  EcoCampus is an Environmental Management System and award scheme promoting sustainability in the higher education sector.         

The university has also produced a comprehensive carbon management plan, which was very well received by the Carbon Trust. These impressive achievements have seen GCU soar up the People and Planet Green League 2010 from 104th in the UK last year to 25th in the UK (a jump of 79 places) and second in Scotland. In addition, GCU gained a First Class Award.

It is also implementing its estates strategy to build an environmentally responsible university with reduced environmental impacts. Through staff and student training, the university has cut individual energy consumption and emissions, increased recycling, reused more resources and encouraged travel to work and study by means other than the car.

These initiatives are underpinned by continued support from the university community.

Students’ Association President Rory Herron says: “The Students’ Association is delighted with the achievements of GCU. There are a great number of students who are passionate about environmental issues so we will continue to work closely with the university this year in order to keep successes like this coming.  We ourselves are working towards obtaining an NUS Green Impact award and have plans to look at waste and recycling on campus.”

GCU is now working towards gold and platinum EcoCampus status and becoming a Fairtrade university, whilst also participating in Sustainable Glasgow.

The Herald Society Awards was the third annual event held to recognise the best work across the public and voluntary sector in Scotland. It was presented in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland. In 2009, GCU was named Educational Initiative of the Year for its Caledonian Club.