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QMUL Sustainability Awards 2015

7 August 2015

Results of the QMUL Sustainability Awards

The QMUL Sustainability awards ran on Tuesday 7th July, with around 50 attendees coming from across QMUL to join in the celebration. The awards ceremony recognised the dedication and hard work of those who have taken part in QMUL’s Green Impact and Student Switch Off campaigns in 2014/15. This year was hugely successful as QMUL submitted a record 27 Green Impact teams, whilst the Student Switch Off winners, Dawson Hall, were the 6th best Hall in the EU-wide SAVES competition.

Professor Peter McOwen, Vice Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise, closed the awards, recognising that everyone in the room was a front-runner, and key to transforming QMUL into a leading institution for sustainability.

A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in QMUL Sustainability events and campaigns this year. Your efforts continue to contribute to a huge impact campus in terms of encouraging more sustainable behaviours in our offices, classrooms and operations.

Student Switch Off


Student Switch Off is a national campaign run by the NUS, which encourages student action on climate change. Over 50 universities compete in energy saving competitions in halls of residence through various competitions and events. This year, QMUL’s students in halls of residence achieved a 5 per cent reduction in electricity use – equivalent to £16,264, 87,419 tonnes of CO2 saved, or 162,647 miles driven by the average passenger car. Dawson Hall was the best residence achieving the highest rating for energy saving activities.

Green Impact

This year 27 teams of staff and students from across QMUL competed in Green Impact. Many teams took part again this year and increased their score from last year. The teams were praised for their improvements in reducing water usage, and communicating and embedding the Green Impact ethos within their teams.

The work of the teams has saved Queen Mary:

£4,420 (11,934 kgCO2) through encouraging colleagues to use double sided printing and to ‘think before they print’
£2,114 (16,352 kgCO2) through keeping the office temperature below 21 degrees Celsius
£2470 (15,757 kgCO2) through running campaigns encouraging people to switch off their PC’s at the end of the day

The overall winner for the year was the Library (Mile End), who achieved a platinum award for their work. They were recognised for the impact that their work has had on the student perception of QMUL’s environmental sustainability, and their continued dedication to the Green Impact scheme. Five teams achieved the Green Impact Gold Award – Business Management, the Estates & Facilities Green Bees, Green IT, the Residential Assistants, and the Housing Hub. Award winners were presented with trophies made from recycled Victorian slate roof tiles. A full list of Green Impact award winners are listed below.

Green Impact award winners

Platinum Award winners
The Library (Mile End)

Gold Award winners
Business Management
Estates & Facilities Green Bees
Green IT
The Residential Assistants
The Housing Hub

Silver Award winners
EnviroFi (Finance)
Green Careers
Green Catering
Office of the Principal
Queen Mary SU
School of Geography
The Library (West Smithfield)
The Library, Public Services (Mile End)
The Library, Public Services (Whitechapel)

Bronze Award winners
Disability and Dyslexia Service
Green Marketing and Communications
The Chief Operating Office
Gr’EECs (The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science)
Whitechapel Estates & Facilities

Working Towards Bronze winners
Green Events & Hospitality
Estates & Facilities Grounds
Maths Building
The School of Language, Linguistics and Film
Westfield Nursery

Special Awards:

Innovation for Engagement
Green Careers- the Environmental Careers Speed Meet

Environmental Improvement-

The Housing Hub, Residential Assistants & Estate & Facilities Grounds- the Floyer House Garden Project

Environmental Hero-

Aqil Zahid, The Library (Mile End)
¬Best Newcomer-


Best Event-

Green IT, the Cheesecake Bakeoff

¬Community Action-

QMSU and the Foodbank Volunteering Group, the Green Mary Foodbank donation competition

Student Leadership-

Kalina Sikorska, volunteer Project Assistant for Green IT and Green Mary volunteer

Student Sustainability Campaign Support Award

Luke Tappouni and Harrison Burton, Residential Support Assistants

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