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RAU shortlisted for two Green Gown Awards
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is thrilled to be announced as a finalist for two Green Gown Awards 2016, recognising our commitment to sustainability across the organisation.
The Best Newcomer category was open to any institution who had not been a finalist before.
The RAU’s entry highlighted the significant progress made over the past three years, and the setting of ambitious targets through the Environmental Action Plan. These targets led to a 14% decrease in carbon in one year, an international environmental management certification (ISO14001), and an initiative to ensure all courses formally include sustainability in their design.
It has also provided students with many sustainability opportunities; from gaining IEMA approved training and volunteer experience through Green Impact, to using the University as a Living Lab for sustainability dissertations and coursework assignments.
Pearl Costello, Environmental Officer at the RAU, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this award, and to see our ambition of being one of the most sustainable universities in the UK becoming reality. We’ve achieved a lot in the past few years and are looking forward to doing even more in the future.”
Enterprise and Employability
The RAU nomination in the Enterprise and Employability category recognises the success of University’s Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Programme (EEP) – both in terms of enhancing students’ enterprise skills and incorporating sustainability into the programme.
The EEP works on the ‘Think it’, ‘Try it’, ‘Launch it’, ‘Grow it’ framework, which provides support and guidance at all stages of business start-up. In 2015/16 the programme has already supported more than 70 students, with ideas ranging from food and fashion to agritech innovations.
Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important part of any business, and can also offer unique opportunities for growth, so it’s important for the RAU to equip students with skills and knowledge in this area. Sustainability is integrated throughout the programme; from support for social enterprises to adding sustainability criteria, to the flagship business planning competition, the Grand Idea, and all other awards. The EEP also works with the local community through its mentoring programme and the E4 enterprise ecosystem; an educational collaboration across Cirencester.
Katy Duke, Head of Enterprise at the RAU, said: “I am thrilled that the Enterprise Programme is a finalist in the Green Gown Awards and that the local and sustainability measures put in place within our programme are recognised. An important part of our programme is to work with our local schools and College to help foster an enterprising spirit across Cirencester, the highlight of this is our Youth Market in Cirencester which saw young people from across Cirencester take over the local market, this formed a key part of our Green Gown application.”
The Green Gown Awards are held annually by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges to showcase achievements from across the tertiary education sector. The judging panel consists of over 80 representatives from the diversity of the education sector and experts in the various fields, including; Universities UK, Department of Energy and Climate Change, PwC, WWF, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Find out more about the Green Gown Awards 2016.