Green Impact - Mark Pollard, Alex Black, Anne L Ryan, Heather Viles (Head of School), Jack Hampton, William James

Mark Pollard, Alex Black, Anne L Ryan, Heather Viles (Head of School), Jack Hampton, William James at the Sustainability Showcase

The University of Oxford celebrated its sustainability stars at a prestigious awards event on the 12 June at the Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Library's Divinity School.

The Showcase attracted more than 150 people from across the University. Professor William James, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources and Jack Hampton President of Oxford University Student's Union, hosted the evening after a welcome from Paul Goffin, Director of Estates.

The School of Geography and the Environment was presented with a Gold Green Impact Award by Professor Mark Pollard, Associate Head of Division (Research), a big step up and achievement from last year's Bronze award.

Professor Heather Viles, Head of School, who attended the ceremony with the School's SoGreen team commented:

"We have good reason to be proud of our place at this year's University of Oxford Sustainability Awards. Two students received awards in the Carbon Innovation Project category. Yoav Gross (ECM) and collaborators Justin Falcone, Zsuzsa Mayer and Alex Black won an award for Heat Sync*, an innovative building optimisation system that adaptively coordinates online room booking with room heating.

Green Impact - Yoav Gross

Yoav Gross

First year undergraduate Rupert Stuart-Smith (Geographer) and collaborator Julian Godding, both from Oxford Climate Change Society, won an award for installing biomass power at Tubney House, the Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.

These projects are being taken forward for broader implementation across the University.

Members of SoGE's SoGreen team Alice Chautard, Alex Black and Anne L Ryan worked ceaselessly to raise our green standards from bronze to gold within the school this year. Their efforts were rewarded with a Gold Green Impact award.

Green Impact - Rupert Stuart-Smith

Rupert Stuart-Smith

I'm sure you will join me in thanking them for their hard work and to the students for the implementation of such wonderful innovative ideas.

Our work with Green Impact continues. The team have ambitious goals for next academic year. One is to maintain the Gold standard set by gathering more information on the sustainable projects already in place in research and innovation; how we can operate even more sustainably around the School by changing our daily habits to become even greener; and finally to survey our travel footprint by collecting data to develop our travel for work guidelines, a similar booklet to our food recommendation guidelines.

All three schemes within the Sustainability Awards scheme, Green Impact, Student Switch Off and Carbon Innovation Programme are run by the Environmental Sustainability team within Estates Services, who thanked the many staff and students assisting to drive sustainability across the University.

*HeatSync is an innovative building optimisation system that adaptively coordinates an online room booking with room heating. The proposed system eliminates the vast associated carbon and budgetary waste by adaptively conditioning only the spaces that are being used. Simple, scalable, and ready to synchronise with existing infrastructure, HeatSync makes saving energy intuitive.