Green Gown 2017 Winners Announced

Last week Salix were fortunate to attend the Green Gown awards 2017 hosted by the EAUC in Manchester. The event celebrated the incredible sustainability initiatives of 113 finalists, representing over 1.5 million students and 244 thousand staff. EAUC CEO Iain Patton co-hosted the ceremony alongside poet and Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Lemn Sissay, MBE. 

This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ winners and finalists are proving post-16 education is at the forefront of the effort to deliver solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

Salix sponsored the Research and Development category and would like to congratulate the winners of this; Emily Haggett from the University of Southampton for the student award and the University of Salford for the Institution award.

Emily’s research examines an important issue - micro plastics in the marine environment and the consequences for the human food chain. Emily worked alongside a postgraduate, but offered her own commitment and expertise. Emily’s project gained a high First Class grade, won the Best Research Presentation award at the Meliora International Student Sustainability Research Symposium and will be awarded the Environmental Sciences departmental prize for the Best Research Project. 

The University of Salford’s objective was to provide a world-class stream of evidence to support technological change in domestic energy use, which accounted for 30% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and to contribute to a raft of initiatives to save on energy bills, particularly for Britain’s 5 million ‘fuel-poor’ households. The result has developed a new approach for industry and the research community: the creation of a real home inside a laboratory - Europe’s first full-scale house in an environmental chamber. 3,000 homes have been retrofitted, methods to slash bills by 15% proven, technologies prototyped, £3.5M of grants attracted and more than 500 companies awoken to the possibilities of energy-saving.

We would like to congratulate all finalists in the Research and Development category, including Laura Salisbury from the University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion and the University of London who received a ‘Highly Commended’ award.

The night also saw two winners for the Carbon Reduction award. The College of West Anglia won the award for a small institution in recognition of their 51% reduction in carbon emissions, while the University of Reading won the award for a large institution for their impressive 35% reduction in carbon emissions, a reduction of over 15,000 tonnes from their 2008/09 baseline. University of Reading have undertaken a large programme of works in their laboratories to make their fume cupboards more energy efficiency. This was supported by Salix funding, and a case study for this project can be found here.

A full set of winners can be found here.

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