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NTU receives Green Gown Award for outstanding leadership in sustainability

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has received a Green Gown Award for its commitment to sustainability.

The University scooped the Outstanding Leadership Team of the Year accolade at the ceremony, which recognises the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world.

Ranked third in the People and Planet Green League, NTU embraces sustainability institution-wide across its academic schools, Students Union, operations and research.

It was the first university to embed the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with a dedicated Green Academy team working to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum across the University. NTU is also ISO14001 certified, minimising footprint in carbon, waste, transport, procurement and construction whilst enhancing biodiversity.

Notable achievements include 99% of waste diverted from landfill, the recycling of all NTU purchased disposable cups and the planting of 8,000 trees through volunteering. NTU created the award-winning Nottingham ‘Pack for Good’ Partnership that has raised £800k through student donations, filling many thousands of British Heart Foundation charity bags.

The University’s Plastics Planet campaign works to reduce the amount of unnecessary single use plastic used on its campuses, while a Green Rewards scheme incentivises and rewards students and staff to make more sustainable and wellbeing lifestyle choices from active travel to mindfulness.

The Outstanding Leadership award recognises the passionate staff driving the institution to be better and was voted for live on the night.

Charmaine Morrell, Sustainable Development Manager at NTU, said: “NTU is one of the most sustainable universities in the world and this award is a reflection of the leadership and teamwork which goes into encouraging NTU staff and students, and wider society, to change behaviour and embed sustainability into their everyday life.”

NTU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck, said: “I am extremely proud of this Sustainability Team Green Gown Award. It is fantastic recognition of the strategic importance Nottingham Trent University places on sustainability. It is highlighted in all of our courses, supported by our research and fundamental to our high-performing estate – sustainability is in our DNA.”

Nottingham Business School was also shortlisted in the Student Engagement category for its #NBSdiscover project, while the Sustainable Development team and Nottingham Trent Students’ Union also received a nomination for NTU Enterprise Week.