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NTU receives Green Gown Award for sustainable catering offering

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

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The University scooped the Campus Health, Food and Drink accolade at the ceremony, which recognises exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world.

Judges commented on NTU’s holistic approach to catering, full of good practice which exceeds customer expectations in terms of variety, nutrition and above all sustainability.

The NTU Catering Services team’s recent achievements included a compelling reduction in food miles, waste, and energy consumption, and a considerable expansion of Fairtrade, organic, MSC, Red Tractor and plant-based produce. Sustainable catering education has been improved within the university and wider community and the team worked with suppliers to improve their sustainable credentials.

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor said of the win: “This Award reflects the University’s strategic commitment to embracing sustainability, empowering people and valuing ideas. Our students arrive already engaged with the key sustainability questions; by collaborating with our teaching and professional teams, we aim to develop their understanding and provide them with the opportunities to deliver meaningful change.”

In addition, the University’s Sustainability team was highly commended in the popular Student Engagement category for promoting more sustainable and wellbeing lifestyle choices in a fun and meaningful way through the University’s Green Rewards programme.  NTU Green Rewards app is a joint venture between NTU and the Students' Union (NTSU), where users are signposted to climate positive actions across six key themes, ranging from reducing food waste, to sustainable travel and connecting with nature. Participants can track their progress, take part in monthly challenges, compete with peers and earn points to win prizes; all of which strengthen the sense of community at NTU. Since its launch in 2019, over 3,000 staff and students have taken part in NTU Green Rewards, racking up an impressive 207,000 sustainability actions which have enabled the avoidance of 384,000kg CO².

Charmaine Morrell, Head of Sustainability at NTU, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised once again for our innovative sustainability initiatives that delivers climate action. Teams right across the university work together towards the common goal of being as sustainable as possible and it’s great to see our passion and determination evidenced in these accolades.”

NTU is one of the most sustainable universities in the world, ranked third in the UK People & Planet University League and fourth in UI Green Metric global university rankings.

Published on 23 November 2021
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