University of Auckland in running for sustainability award

04 September 2013

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Dr Lesley Stone, Manager for the University's Sustainability and Environment Programme, is pleased to be nominated for an ACTS Green Gown Award

The University of Auckland has been nominated as a finalist in the Australasian-wide Green Gown Awards.

Now in its fourth year, the Green Gown Awards, organised by the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), recognises excellence in sustainability within the tertiary sectors in both Australia and New Zealand.

The University, as an ACTS member, has been nominated for the “Continuous Improvement – Institutional Change” category, in recognition of its on-going effort to improve the sustainability performance of the institute, at an holistic level.

Lesley Stone, Manager for the University’s Sustainability and Environment Programme, is excited about the nomination, as peer recognition of the University’s efforts to date.

“It is great to receive recognition for the work that the University has been doing over the past 30 years, especially from an organisation like ACTS which is made up of other tertiary institutes working towards becoming sustainable organisations.

“To be nominated in the Continuous Improvement category also highlights the on-going nature of our work as we build on successes and make further progress towards achieving our sustainability targets for 2020.”

If the University is successful in its category, it will automatically be put forward for the International Green Gown Award category, competing with tertiary institutes in the United Kingdom.

The University is one of four New Zealand organisations to be nominated, with AUT (nominated in the Carbon reduction category), Victoria University (Skills for sustainability), and Unitec (Smaller institutions) also receiving nominations.

The awards will be presented at the 13th International ACTS Conference, at the end of the month.

Read more about the Green Gown Awards Australasia