Press Releases 2014-2015

Successful Results for UWTSD at Green Impact Awards

04.06.2015

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. Several team members of UWTSD staff attended the awards ceremony to celebrate their environmental achievements throughout the year.

This year saw 2 Gold accreditation awards, 1 Silver and 15 Bronze. In addition, two teams were acknowledged to be working towards a Bronze award.

Celf a Dylunio, Carmarthen campus, made an exceptional impact this year, completing all of the criteria within each level and also submitting 4 Special Awards which recognized the accomplishments from their commitment to sustainability through several projects. They, along with the Environmental Office gained Gold Awards. SHOE (School of Health and Outdoor Education) achieved the Silver Award, whilst Corporate Services, Corporate Communications & PR, Human Resources, Operations and Student Experience were among the many teams who achieved the Bronze Award.

The Green Impact project was able to engage with over 200 staff members from across all three campuses this year.  The dedication of those involved provided a potential savings of almost 23,000kg of CO2 and almost £6000 in savings through waste reduction, energy conservation, and reductions in travel.

Over the last year UWTSD saw an estimated 147 people reached by teams campaigning for staff to switch lights and equipment off when not in use, potentially saving 16,659kg of CO2 and £2,603 across the institution.  An estimated 92 people were reached by teams raising awareness to print and photocopy double‐sided, potentially saving 4,968kg of CO2 and £1,840 on resource costs. An estimated 28 people were reached by teams encouraging staff to use teleconferencing facilities rather than travelling to all meetings, potentially saving 1589kg of CO2 and £1,386 across the institution.

Alana Smith, Sustainability Engagement Officer said:

“It’s important to promote good environmental behaviour 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 and encouraging the 15 Bronze Award winners to work towards a Silver or Gold accreditation.”  

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014