Members from across the University were recognised for making a positive impact on society and the environment at the University of Oxford's Sustainability Showcase.

Green Impact Student Award 2016 presented to Joanna Trewern, School of Geography and the Environment, by Alan Rusbridger, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall.

Photo: Green Impact Student Award 2016 presented to Joanna Trewern, School of Geography and the Environment, by Alan Rusbridger, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall.

Joanna Trewern, BCM MSc student at the School of Geography and the Environment (pictured, right), has been recognised for her sustainability work within the University. Alan Rusbridger, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, presented Joanna with the Green Impact Student Award 2016 at the special ceremony on 15 June 2016.

SoGE students were also part of the winning Carbon Innovation Award team. David Moore and Seth Collins (MSc ECM), Aven Satre Meloy (MPhil Geography and the Environment) and team-member William Darby (MEng Materials Science) won the award for their Variable Air Volume (VAV) system project, that aims to set the minimum fan speed for the Chemistry Research Building’s eight laboratory exhaust stacks based on local wind condition.

More than 50 awards were announced demonstrating the huge commitment of staff and students to this important area of work.The School of Geography and the Environment was also proud to be amongst the departments awarded, receiving a Bronze Award in the Green Impact programme along with the Ashmolean Museum, Botanical Garden and 14 other departments, buildings and colleges within the University.

Green Impact, the University’s main engagement programme is all about making small changes that add up to make a big difference. Changes are made by staff and students within their working environment. Green Impact sees teams recognised at four levels: working towards bronze, bronze, silver, and gold. 45 teams took part across the University this year with 16 teams reaching the gold level, an outstanding achievement.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson attended the evening and spoke about taking a holistic approach to social and environmental sustainability. Professor Richardson also highlighted the need to take a long-term view of the environment and to think about the legacy left for future generations. Praising the efforts of staff and students the Vice-Chancellor said: ‘There’s an extraordinary amount of work going on across the University, which is really exciting’.

For a full list of award recipients, go to Estates Services Sustainability Showcase 2016 webpage.