Queen Margaret University Picks Up Gold at Green Awards
Edinburgh, October 1 2010; Queen Margaret University has won a Scottish Green Award for its holistic approach to sustainability. The university picked up the gold award in the Public Sector Provision category at an event at the Glasgow Science Centre last night (30 th September 2010) with guest speaker Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall.
Commenting on the award, QMU Vice Principal Rosalyn Marshall said; “This award is testament to the determination and creativity of the entire University community and we are delighted to receive such recognition for our achievements so far. Our students wanted a green campus, which we delivered, but we came to realise that if we embedded sustainability into everything we did we had a far greater chance of protecting the environment and our future. It is hoped that our graduates will take this approach with them throughout their own careers and personal lives.”
QMU’s campus on the outskirts of Edinburgh is renowned within the sector nationally and internationally in terms of sustainable design and management. It was nominated for the award for its ‘vision, commitment and relevance to sustainability’ which has been embedded within the university’s business plan. This means that the sustainability ethos is applied beyond buildings, fixtures and fittings to include sustainable leadership training and green curriculum development.
Buildings on the campus, which was completed in 2008, have received a BREEAM rating of “excellent”, the globally recognised measure of environmental impact of buildings. The rating for the academic building is still one of the highest scoring university projects in the UK. Implicated in this achievement is excellent space management, energy consumption, carbon reduction, “Green” ICT and ‘green’ transport. Thanks to an innovative organisational structure academics responsible for research and education take decisions jointly with the team responsible for the physical environment.
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