RAU named sustainability champion at Guardian University Award 2016

29th March 2016

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) was thrilled to be announced the winner in the sustainability category at the prestigious The Guardian University Award 2016 on Wednesday (16 March).

The Sustainability Project award recognised ‘an outstanding initiative that creates and champions a more sustainable living and working environment in the university and beyond’.

Pearl Costello, Environmental Officer at the RAU, said: “This is fantastic news for the University and recognises the progress we’ve made in creating a more sustainable campus and curriculum – receiving a Guardian University Award is the icing on the cake! I was honoured to collect the Sustainability Project award on behalf of the University, and hope it will inspire other universities to push towards a sustainable future.”

Our award entry showcased how the University implemented its Environmental Action Plan to drive a holistic series of interventions; installing innovative technologies, improving biodiversity on campus and in the community, incentivising behaviour change, and reviewing supply chains. It also demonstrated how sustainability is embedded throughout the curriculum.

The University was also runner up in the Entrepreneurship category. Our award entry focused on our Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme, which provides tailored business support for students, and how Farm 491, a new start-up facility for agritech entrepreneurs, will enhance the programme.

The Guardian University Awards recognise the value of specific initiatives and campaigns, offering a seal of approval for outstanding work. The shortlist for each category was made by expert judges.

Source: Royal Agricultural University
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