Urban Studies and Planning wins Gold at Green Impact Awards

Sarah Biggins wins Environmental HeroThe Department of Urban Studies and Planning has won Gold at the Green Impact Awards for the second year running. Green Impact is a sustainability accreditation scheme that runs in universities and colleges across the UK. It rewards staff and students for sustainability initiatives and positive impacts on the environment.

As well as winning the Gold award, Sarah Biggins won the Environmental Hero award for her individual contributions to the department's Green Impact. Sarah ran a weekly newsletter with regular facts and advice to help the whole office to consider their environmental footprint. The newsletter also contained a ‘Sustainability Superstar’ of the week, encouraging friendly rivalry between the department and inspiring all to do better for the environment.

Sarah also organised regular events to raise awareness, which engaged the whole department, both staff and students alike. These included charity bake sales, biodiversity walks and healthy team lunches. A “Fairtrade Feast” inspired the office to go out and only buy items that were fairtrade, forcing everyone to think about the impact of their preferred sweet treats.

The department also fundraised in order to “twin a toilet” and build a new one in Myanmar, as well as fighting to introduce new, less wasteful paper towel dispensers in the building.

This achievement follows on from last year, when the department also won Gold for our excellent contribution to sustainability and Green Impact.