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Queen Margaret gains two prestigious green awards

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh has just gained two prestigious green awards for its work in the area of sustainability.

The university has achieved success in the Green Gown Awards for the third year in a row. QMU was highly commended in the Green ICT category of the prestigious awards which recognise exceptional initiatives undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK to minimise their environmental footprint and enhance their social contribution.

This year, the award acknowledged the University’s holistic approach to green ICT, whereby the University has combined estates and information technology to ensure both elements are recognised as inseparable.

The judges said that Queen Margaret University had demonstrated a continual, concerted effort not only to push our green ICT agenda, but also to drive down costs and make the ICT function more efficient.

The University was also highly commended in the Energy Efficiency Category of the Green Business Awards 2011 which were announced last week. The university, which also achieved highly commended last year, succeeded in the face of stiff competition, along with Birmingham City Council, Amey and category winner WEMSinternational

Fraser Muir, Director of Information Services at Queen Margaret University, said: “Despite our early success with our energy efficient building and technology, we have not rested on our laurels. We are totally committed to climate change and sustainable development and are continually refining our processes to reduce energy consumption and improve space efficiency. We are delighted that our efforts in progressing this important work are, once again, being recognised by both of these prestigious awards.

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Notes to editor

  • The Green Gown Awards, now in their 7th year, recognise exceptional initiatives being taken by universities and colleges across the UK to become more sustainable.
  • The Green Business Awards celebrate excellence in green practice, strategy and products. They seek out and scrutinize the most innovative, ambitious and effective initiatives by UK business for achieving environmental sustainability, and implementing smart business practice. For further details visit: www.greenbusinessawards.com/.
  • In 2007, Queen Margaret University’s purpose built campus in Musselburgh exceeded current environmental standards and set a new benchmark in sustainable design. Its use of energy saving technology was fundamental in delivering the exemplar energy and environmental performance ratings of the new campus and was recognised by a Green Gown Award in 2009. Since then, the University has continued to drive forward energy efficiencies and maximise its space efficiency be developing a robust integrated Estates and Information strategy which ensures that both the building and IT are recognised as inseparable.

For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011230, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk


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