Press Releases 2016

Success for UWTSD at Green Impact Awards

21.07.2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) staff achieved several awards in this year’s Green Impact Awards. Green Impact is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students who support teams and departments to make simple and powerful changes in behaviour and policy in order to work towards a more sustainable institution. 

The Green Impact Awards were held on the 7th of July at UWTSD Swansea and UWTSD Carmarthen where several members from each team attended the awards ceremony to celebrate their environmental achievements throughout the year.

The results were as follows:  

Student Experience; Silver Award

Environment Office; Gold Award

SWWCTE Townhill Campus; Silver Award

Team Owen; Bronze Award

HR; Silver Award

Green Business; Bronze Award

SOAC Green Team; Bronze Award

Y Gofrestrfa – The Registry; Bronze Award

SWWCTE Carmarthen (CAADOC-Caerfyrddin); Bronze Award

Corporate Services; Gold Award

Corporate Communications & PR; Bronze Award

INSPIRE; Gold Award

GWLAD; Bronze Award

SSJ&I; Bronze Award

Faculty Office - Lampeter; Bronze Award

Fine Art/ Celf a Dylunio Team; Excellence Award, Project; Ground sourced Clay to Ceramics

Overall the Green Impact project was able to engage with over 106 staff members from across all three campuses this year, putting 502 actions into place, 329 as a direct result of Green Impact.  The dedication of those involved provided a potential savings of almost 9492kg of CO2 and almost £1,397 in savings through waste reduction, energy conservation, and reductions in travel. Furthermore, provided 6 students with training and development opportunities during their roles as auditors.

Fiona Wheatley, Sustainability Development Officer, said:

“It’s important to promote good environmental behavior at UWTSD and Green Impact offers a way to incorporate small reminders into the workspace.  It’s also a great way to encourage members of staff to work together towards a greater good.  I was extremely pleased with the efforts of all the teams this year.  The project was very successful and forms a solid foundation for sustainability to continue to grow throughout the University in the future. The project will be beginning again this September and we hope to further its success.  We plan on engaging even more staff members.”  

UWTSD has been a participant in the NUS Green Impact Project since 2013/14. Initially the first year saw 6 teams successfully achieve a Bronze award. During 2014/15 this grew to 16 team, who achieved a range of awards from Bronze to Gold. This year 2015/16, 15 teams submitted for a range of award from Bronze to Gold, and 1 team for an excellence award. Arrangement to facilitate Green Impact events and awards are undertaken by the Sustainability Delivery Team at UWTSD.

Sustainability is high on the list of priorities for staff and students. In a 2016 survey completed by the NUS, over 87% of 1st year students agree that sustainable development is something universities should actively incorporate and promote. The University strategy also includes key performance indicators on sustainability. Green Impact binds a community of sustainability champions across the University, helping to ensure that we can consistently deliver on our sustainability objectives. 

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 225 108 / 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk