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WINNER: Sustainability Champion - STAFF - Dr Katherine Haxton, Keele University
I believe chemistry students must learn about sustainability through their degrees beyond ‘just’ green chemistry in a laboratory context. I have created and led two modules with sustainability at their heart, tackling social, political, and economic contexts. Significantly, this highlights the real-world challenges that must be tackled by chemists for a more sustainable society, including inequalities such as poverty, race, and gender.
Through a partnership with Nanjing XiaoZhuang University, I led a distance learning module linking Keele students with Chinese students to learn about sustainability in one another’s cultures. My passion for sustainability goes beyond teaching. I actively seek positions where I can champion sustainability and go beyond my role. Sustainability also requires social justice, driving my work on a cross-institution Decolonising STEM project. I lead my School’s sustainability committee, creating partnerships with other School committees and departments that have resulted in us achieving my institution's sustainability benchmark award for two years.
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