School wins Special Award for Community Action at the University's first ever Green Impact Awards ceremony

Paul Goffin, Director of Estates, University of Oxford, presents the award to current MSc students Olatunji Yusuf (MSc in ECM 2013-14) and Shriman Narayan (MSc in WSPM 2013-14).

The School of Geography and the Environment recently won a Special Award for Community Action at the University's first ever Green Impact Awards ceremony - hosted at the Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute, on the 19 June 2014.

The Green Impact Awards are in recognition for achievements in a number of areas, including promoting recycling methods, travel and cycling schemes and encouraging staff to reduce their energy usage. The University signed up to Green Impact last year - an environmental accreditation and award scheme which helps departments improve their working environments for all, whilst gaining recognition for their efforts. During this first successful year, 199 members of staff have formed 23 departmental teams across the University. These teams help deliver a range of sustainable initiatives - impacting over 5000 members of staff. Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton attended to present awards alongside other representatives from across the University.

The School received a special award for recent community action initiatives including:

  • A recent workshop on 'Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustainable Communities'. MESC brings together researchers from the University of Oxford, members of UK low carbon community groups, Transition Research Network, and Low Carbon Communities Network, to co-produce and trial monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools. One of the main aims of the programme is to build capacity within local groups to pilot and implement tools. More info
  • A workshop on raising awareness on environmental degradation led by Priyanka deSouza, a student from the MSc in ECM course. The workshop was conducted for children from age group of 6-15 years at the Indian non-governmental organisation ADAPT.