It’s really important to recognise and reward the efforts of students and staff in our UC community who are going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to sustainability. The annual UC Sustainability Awards are a chance to celebrate the great work being undertaken. The Fourth Annual Awards were presented at the conclusion of UC Eco Week by UCSA President James Addington and the UCSA Exec representative for sustainability Johnny Duncan.
Wide Range of Nominations
At the Sustainability Office, we were amazed by the fantastic nominations we received for students, staff and the wider community. Ranging from programmes to make better use of office resources, bringing students together around green actions, to sustainable building construction, and stepping out on the international stage with sustainability policy and research. The nominations tell a powerful collective story about how much we, as a university community, care about people and planet.
After grappling with the wide diversity of nominations, which included everything from participating in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to community gardening, the judges came up with their decisions.
The Supreme Award Winner, winning a package trip to Kaikoura among other goodies, was a team from Chemical and Process Engineering and Chemistry who have developed a synthetic leaf that could be a real game-changer in the race to find technical fixes to the global climate change problem. Alex Yip, Iman Hashemizadeh and Vladimir Golovko blew the judges away with their audacious project, which has also been garnering international attention.
Other winners include UC Procurement for their work in developing the Fairtrade Accreditation business case, which has meant UC is now firmly on the path to becoming a Fairtrade Accredited campus – a project that has been in the pipeline for around five years if not longer. Professors Eric Pawson and Simon Kingham won the Gold staff award for their trailblazing community service paper GEOG309, and George Moon won the Gold student award for his efforts in creating the Eco Club Network.
A full list of the winners, and more information about their projects, can be found here. Congratulations to all the winners, and to all of the nominees who are doing such great work.