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Green Gown Award

Energy and Water Efficiency

Winner: University of Dundee 2007-08

Building: Dalhousie Building

16 universities and colleges are winners or highly commended for the prestigious 2007-08 Green Gown Awards. These recognise innovative actions in eight categories – Colleges and Smaller Institutions; Continuous Improvement; Courses; Energy and Water Efficiency; Residences; Social Responsibility; Student Initiatives; and Sustainable Construction.

The Green Gown Awards are now in their fourth year and have become the benchmark of sustainability excellence in the Further and Higher Education sector. This year saw a remarkable FE rise in the number of applications; the variety of different categories entered; and the number of winners and highly commended entries.

"Universities and colleges are under unprecedented pressure to demonstrate environmental and social responsibility. This is a key feature of a positive reputation amongst staff and students, and several schemes now compare performance. The sector must also respond to demanding new regulations such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment and Display Energy Certificates.

This year's Awards demonstrate that many institutions are responding well, and highlight many innovations to create greater environmental awareness amongst students, and the communities which they and staff live within. The Awards also show that many universities are building impressive track records of continuous improvement of performance, and demonstrating a commitment to greener buildings."

The Awards were presented by James Strawbridge from BBC 2’s ‘It's Not Easy Being Green’ at the EAUC Annual Conference on April 1st at the University of Exeter. (EUAC)

Sustainable Construction

Highly Commended: University of Dundee 2006-07

Building: Queen Mother Building

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