Green Gown Awards 2020 - University of the West of Scotland - Finalist

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University of the West of Scotland (UWS) takes its responsibility to sustainability seriously. Collectively, we have an obligation to embed sustainability across our key functions of learning, teaching and research and to ensure we are instilling a commitment to sustainability in our staff and student populations. We are committed to making a positive impact and are broadening our work to address the wider Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.   

We have cut our carbon emissions by 42% since 2012/13, this is double the targeted 20% by 2020 and testament to our vision to create sustainable, forward thinking environments.  Our new UWS Strategy 2025 commits to net zero by 2040.  We invest in people’s potential to shape a better future for themselves, their industries, and the communities they live in. 

Top 3 learnings:

  1. You do not need a team of sustainability experts to be a leader in sustainability. 
  2. Empower individuals with knowledge and enthusiasm and be inspired by proactive action. 
  3. Make bold decisions, dream, believe and achieve.