University of Wales Trinity Saint David staff recognised at the Green Impact Awards

12.05.2017

Staff and students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David have had their efforts to promote sustainability recognised at a special award ceremony. The Green Impact Awards are an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students and UWTSD’s Sustainability Delivery Team. The programme encourages simple but powerful changes to the way we work in order to create a more sustainable institution.

Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice Chancellor for External Engagement and Director of INSPIRE (Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) said: “I’d like to congratulate all staff and departments for their work in gaining a Green Impact Award.  The introduction of the Green Impact Awards at the university has been a huge success and it’s wonderful to see more people get involved with the scheme every year. The programme is an excellent way of encouraging simple yet high impact changes to the way we work in order to create a more sustainable institution.

“Sustainable development is about making better decisions using long term values; it’s about thinking about the impacts of today’s actions on future generations and learning to live within our environmental limits. It’s also about balancing social, environmental, economic and cultural needs in a way that does not compromise future generations. 

“This is something UWTSD takes very seriously and through work carried out via our Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), we aim to place sustainability at the centre of its delivery for its curriculum, campuses, communities and culture.”

This year 167 members of staff, in 17 teams, took part in the Green Impact programme. Together they put in place more than 650 green actions that helped to make our University greener and more sustainable and are recognised using Gold, Silver and Bronze standards. Through the programme six students were also given environmental auditing training and volunteering opportunities as auditors. Special Awards were also given to teams for innovative projects they run in addition to their workbooks and to individuals who have been environmental heroes. These awards included:

  • Environmental Hero Award: Awarded to Sarah Tombs who created bug sculptures for Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm to highlight the importance of pollinators.
  • Student Leadership Award: Awarded to Catrin Thomas and Lowri Davies, PGCE Art & Design student for their recycled copper jewellery workshop
  • Innovation for Engagement: Awarded to Y Gofrestrfa / The Registry Team for their team workshop making Christmas decorations from recycled materials
  • Environmental Hero Award: to SOAC’s Gaynor Thomas for using her expertise to set up a new system for making assignment submissions paperless within their school.

As well as two of their students receiving Special Awards, the School of Fine Art and Photography also won a Silver Award for their commitment to promoting sustainability. Head of School Caroline Thraves said: “Within the School of Fine Art and Photography at Swansea College of Art Sustainability is at the core of everything we do. We are delighted to have been recognised at the Green Impact Awards for the excellent work that our staff and students engage in.”

Jenny Lloyd, Green Engagement Officer said; “Congratulations to all of our Green Impact teams! We have been inspired by the dedication, commitment and hard work of the teams this year and we’re extremely proud of them for what they have achieved. They have proved that small collective actions can make a big impact. We’re looking forward to starting the programme again in September and seeing our teams go for Gold!”

The University's Strategic Plan‌ makes the commitment of the University clear through key performance indicators to embed sustainability as a core principle across all aspects of the University. The University has been working alongside other universities across the UK through the Higher Education Academy's Green Academy programme to embed sustainability within its core operations and culture.  The ‘fit for the future’ framework aims to embed sustainable development through our curriculum, campus, community and culture.

The award ceremonies took place on Thursday 11th May and celebrated all of the teams’ environmental achievements from the year.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the teams for their work! 

Working towards Bronze
Student Services Swansea 

Bronze Award
Student Services Carmarthen
School of Early Years
CIRIC
School of Applied Computing Green Team
Go for Green Business
GWLAD 

Silver Award
Corporate Communications & PR
Human Resources
Fine Art / Celf a Dylunio
Y Gofrestrfa – The Registry
CAADOC Caerfyrddin – SWWCTE Carmarthen 

Gold Award
SWWTCE Townhill Campus
Student Experience
INSPIRE
Corporate Services
The Sustainability Delivery Team