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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership awarded Excellence Award at University's Green Impact Awards

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7 June 2016 – The award was given for our Sustainable Food at Work project, recognised as one of just five Excellence Projects at the awards ceremony hosted by Dame Fiona Reynolds.

Excellence Project

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership won an Excellence Award at the Green Impact Awards for our Sustainable Food at Work project. The project aimed to use food, and the interaction with food topics within the Institute, as a means of promoting sustainability. This included reinvigorating the Institute vegetable patch by surveying staff and recruiting 21 staff volunteers to work on the garden, reviewing internal food and beverage purchasing to ensure the use of 100 per cent Fairtrade and organic products, drafting new sustainability guidance for staff booking catering at external events, and drafting guidance for external suppliers.

The Excellence framework gave us the opportunity to work creatively on a bigger picture sustainability initiative in partnership with other staff and the wider community.

Special Award – Environmental Hero Award

In addition, Fiona Riggall Senior Project Manager in our policy team, won the Environmental Hero Award, given to only one individual each year by the University. The award is given in recognition of an exceptional person who has become the environmental hero within their department or college.

The judges described Fiona’s leadership and enthusiasm as embodying the characteristics of an Environmental Hero:

"Fiona has demonstrated her commitment to inspiring change and she truly leads by example, with her efforts inspiring the whole organisation to assess, and in many cases redouble, its efforts to reduce its environmental impact. Rather than preaching or coercion, Fiona has delivered this through the much more effective route of leading by example, showing others how it is possible to achieve results without sacrifice, and in fact have great fun and reward in doing so."

About Green Impact

Green Impact is the University's environmental accreditation scheme. It supports and encourages departments and colleges across the University in reducing their environmental impacts.


Danya Harris (left) and Fiona Riggall (centre) receiving the Excellence Award from Dame Fiona Reynolds.

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