British students prove their green credentials
6th May, 2011
A record number of unions entered the 2011 National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact challenge, devising an astonishing array of unique ideas...
British students have swelled their green credentials after a record number of students' unions took part in an environmental accreditation and awards scheme - partly sponsored by the Ecologist - designed to encourage, reward and celebrate eco-excellence at campuses across the UK.
More than 80 unions entered the National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact challenge, devising an astonishing array of unique ideas including energy audits of students homes, a rooftop vegetable garden complete with bee hives, as well as initiatives to reduce students consumption of meat.
According to Susan Nash, the NUS Vice President, Society and Citizenship: 'With 27 unions reaching our Gold standard, 33 reaching Silver and 15 reaching bronze, we have demonstrated that we have collectively made a really positive impact on the environment.'
Kristen Harding, Ecologist assistant publisher, added: ' The levels of interest and enthusiasm towards the Green Impact Awards has grown immensely in the past 5 years. Student Unions are proving that anything is possible when they set themselves a challenge. The Ecologist is excited to be part of such a positive scheme.'
The union with the overall highest score in the 2011 Green Impact scheme was Loughborough, credited for installing fridges fitted with energy-saving automatic blinds in their shop, and for Experience the World, their scheme that helps students carry out conservation projects overseas.
Bangor University took home the Ecologist Communications Challenge Award and The Co-operative Most Improved Union Award. The results and winners were unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Alex James in Manchester last month.
The Ecologist attended to present the Communications Challenge Award and join in the subsequent celebrations with representatives of participating student unions. The scheme has been running for five years.
You can download here the full list of standards, rankings and top scorers from www.nus.org.uk/greenimpactunions
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