NTU receives Green Gown Award for outstanding leadership in sustainability

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has received a Green Gown Award for its commitment to sustainability.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has received a Green Gown Award for its commitment to sustainability.

The University scooped the Outstanding Leadership Team of the Year accolade at the ceremony, which recognises the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world.

Ranked third in the People and Planet Green League, NTU embraces sustainability institution-wide across its academic schools, Students Union, operations and research.

It was the first university to embed the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with a dedicated Green Academy team working to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum across the University. NTU is also ISO14001 certified, minimising footprint in carbon, waste, transport, procurement and construction whilst enhancing biodiversity.

Notable achievements include 99% of waste diverted from landfill, the recycling of all NTU purchased disposable cups and the planting of 8,000 trees through volunteering. NTU created the award-winning Nottingham ‘Pack for Good’ Partnership that has raised £800k through student donations, filling many thousands of British Heart Foundation charity bags.

The University’s Plastics Planet campaign works to reduce the amount of unnecessary single use plastic used on its campuses, while a Green Rewards scheme incentivises and rewards students and staff to make more sustainable and wellbeing lifestyle choices from active travel to mindfulness.

The Outstanding Leadership award recognises the passionate staff driving their institution to be better and was voted for live on the night.

Charmaine Morrell, Sustainable Development Manager at NTU, said: “NTU is one of the most sustainable universities in the world and this award is a reflection of the leadership and teamwork which goes into encouraging NTU staff and students, and wider society, to change behaviour and embed sustainability into their everyday life.”

NTU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck, said: “I am extremely proud of this Sustainability Team Green Gown Award. It is fantastic recognition of the strategic importance Nottingham Trent University places on sustainability. It is highlighted in all of our courses, supported by our research and fundamental to our high-performing estate – sustainability is in our DNA.”

Nottingham Business School was also shortlisted in the Student Engagement category for its #NBSdiscover project, while the Sustainable Development team and Nottingham Trent Students’ Union also received a nomination for NTU Enterprise Week.

NTU is fifth in UI GreenMetric, holds LiFE Index (Gold) and flies Purple and two Green Flags for campus and city sustainability.

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students. NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience.

    The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook

    The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was awarded University of the Year in the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019. A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 87% satisfaction score in the 2019 National Student Survey.

    A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 87% satisfaction score in the 2019 National Student Survey.

    NTU is also one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly universities, containing some of the sector’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.

    NTU is home to world-class research, and won The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 – the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage; enable safer production of powdered infant formula; and combat food fraud.

NTU receives Green Gown Award for outstanding leadership in sustainability

Published on 28 November 2019
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