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PIR success in Edinburgh Sustainability Awards

Politics and IR have walked away with both a 'runner up' and 'winning' entry for two special prizes in the Edinburgh Sustainability Awards (ESA) competition.

The ESA included a 'green audit' (tol be continued next year) as well as an Ideas Competition. For the latter, teams were invited to submit ideas for practical ways staff and students can reduce their individual carbon footprints.

Our 'Sustainable Visitor' project -- which included a host of possible measures designed to reduce carbon footprint of international students -- won the 'runner up' award in the ideas competition.

Our 'Tapswitch' project -- which featured ideas on how to encourage students and staff to limit bottled water and switch to tap -- won the Cutting Personal Carbon Footprint Special Award.

An awards ceremony was held on 26 May 2011 in the Student Union and was attended by several team members. The winning team received a plant and certificate but were especially delighted to collect the ESA special prize -- vouchers for a year's supply of Mackie's ice cream.

The PIR team included staff Elizabeth Bomberg and Liz Cripps, and students Dochka Histrova, Kate Cora, BabetteTachibana-Brophy, Eleonora Clemente, Olivia Hack, Nazanin Bagherzadeh and Emma Mounsey. We hope and expect PIR and the wider School of Social and Political Science will enter the competition again next year.

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