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Sustainability Awards 2015

SPS students and staff picked up two prizes at this year's Sustainability Awards, held at the Playfair Library on the 22nd of April.

Staff Success

caroline foordCaroline Foord succeeded in leading CMB to win a Silver Award for Offices based on a project called Green Spaces.

This year, 31 teams entered the Office category. All Office winners implemented a range of practices across six themes including energy, waste and wellbeing within their departments, while Gold and Silver winners went further to complete tougher criteria and deliver special projects.

The Green Spaces project tackled the restoration and redevelopment of outdoor spaces across the University, with Caroline's team focussing on the unloved garden to the north of CMB behind the Undergraduate Teaching Office. The project also featured in a film produced by the Sustainable Development team which highlights the work of the landscape department.

Caroline said: "I had worked in the office for over two years and thought that so much more could be done with the space. I didn’t want to look out on litter and weeds anymore so I contacted John Turpin at Landscape who agreed to put in new bedding plants and redevelop the area into a proper green space."

Student Success

eusdaStudent societies were also recognised at the ceremony, receiving awards for planning, developing and delivering a sustainability project over the course of an academic year.

Fresh from their recent success at the EUSA Society Awards 2015, where they were voted Best New Society, The Edinburgh University Sustainable Development Association (EUSDA) picked up an award for organising a weekend of workshops to embed sustainability in the core of student societies.

EUSDA offers the opportunity for undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and others to share their passion for sustainable development. The association represents the aims and aspirations of the Sustainable Development degree taught within SPS.

More information can be found on the EUSDA website:

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