Aston shortlisted twice at environmental awards

Aston Campus

16 July 2014

Aston University’s commitment to sustainability has been rewarded with two major environmental award nominations.   

Aston’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) MSc degree and its Go Green Week environmental awareness campaign have both been shortlisted at the Green Gown Awards 2014. 

Now in its tenth year, the Awards celebrate the best in sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges in the UK. They are widely recognised as a benchmark of distinction and are well respected by governments, funding councils and academics alike. 

Introducing students to issues such as global ethics and human rights responsibilities in business and public policy for sustainable development, Aston Business School’s SRS degree seeks to promote the value of social and community enterprise. It has been nominated for a ‘Learning and Courses’ award. 

The course, studied in a business context, has been commended by Award’s officials for combining relevant, real world knowledge with an academic approach in order to develop a new generation of responsible corporate leaders. 

SRS Director, Carole Parkes, said: “I am thrilled that we are nominated for a Green Gowns Award. I feel it is a testament to my colleagues and students, who are so passionate about social responsibility and sustainability and want to use their knowledge to help change the world.” 

Go Green Week, a national initiative to defend human rights and protect the environment which Aston has championed since 2009, has been shortlisted in the ‘Institutional Change’ category. Every year, the University organises a week-long series of interactive events across campus to engage staff and students with topics such as climate change, the use of alternative fuels and the importance of recycling. 

Aston University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia King, said: “At Aston we have worked hard to embed sustainability into all aspects of university life – from the curriculum to estates management, from infrastructure to culture. 

“Being nominated for a Green Gown Award highlights our environmental commitment to local and international audiences and demonstrates our instinctiveness as an institution.” 

Aston University is one of only 13 universities in the UK to be a recipient of a Platinum EcoCampus Award – the highest level attainable. Due to its commitment to the environment, Aston is ranked as a First Class Award institution by the People and Planet Green League. 

The Green Gown Awards 2014, organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), will be held on 3 November at the University of Manchester. 

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For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk