University shortlisted for environmental award

University shortlisted for environmental award 

Reducing the amount of water used and donating to charity at the same time has seen the University of Cumbria shortlisted in the 2017 Green Gown awards.

The awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) to support sustainability in the education sector.

As part of its commitment to improving water efficiency and reduce impact on the environment, the university worked with water conservation company ADSM to reduce the amount of water wasted.

The installation of water saving technology, reduced tariffs and charges, prevention of leaks and education has seen almost 50,000 M3 saved worth over £40,000.

The project also seen money donated on behalf of the University of Cumbria to WaterAid, a charity which works to alleviate water poverty across the world. By taking part in the AquaFund project the university has helped over 150,000 people in third world countries gain access to clean and safe water.

Projects also being considered for awards this year include electric pool cars and music albums dedicated to climate change. The finalists represent nearly 1.5 million students and just under a quarter of a million members of staff.

Earlier this year Cumbria introduced a fleet of electric vans to replace older, diesel models.

The university now goes through to a second round of assessment with the overall winners announced at a ceremony in November.

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About the Green Gown Awards

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK and Ireland. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the further and higher education sector. The Green Gown Awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and are governed by a cross agency steering group. For more information visit and follow us on Twitter @greengowns.