Harper Adams University College has been shortlisted for a 2012 Green Gown Award in recognition of its efforts to beome a more sustainable practice.
The college is a finalist in the continuous improvement category of the awards, which acknowledges sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and learning and skills sectors across the UK.
Being shortlisted in that category also puts Harper Adams forward for an International Green Gown, up against finalists from Australasia.
Efforts from Harper Adams to become more sustainable on campus have included:
• local food sourcing;
• reducing student energy consumption;
• developing an anaerobic digestion facility;
• building regeneration; and
• high levels of recycling.
The college now has to put more evidence in front of the judges in stage two, before the winners are revealed at a gala dinner in November 2012.
College principal David Llewellyn said: “We could not have hoped for a better start to the 2012/13 academic year than to be shortlisted for a national award for our impact on sustainability in the higher education sector.
“The Green Gown Awards are highly regarded in our sector and we are delighted that the hard work of our staff and students has been recognised in this way.”
The awards, administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, provide universities, colleges and the learning and skills sector with benchmarks for excellence.
Shortlisted applications to the 2012 Green Gown Awards can be found at the awards’ website.