The Sustainable Essex Awards is an environmental accreditation internal programme run by the Sustainability Team. It brings staff and students in a department together in a team and provides them with a tangible framework to make their department more sustainable whether that is in the office or at home.
The programme runs each academic year. Each team is provided with a workbook which is accessed through Moodle. The workbooks provide achievable, easy to follow and fun actions directly linked to the themes of the University’s Sustainability Policies. Each team decides whether to compete for a Bronze, Silver or Gold award.
Student volunteers will receive training from the Sustainability team to be Sustainable Essex Auditors to check that teams have completed all of the necessary actions.
An annual awards ceremony is held every year to recognise the achievements of staff and students who take part. This may be in person or online.
Participating in the Sustainable Essex Awards allows departments with the opportunity to save resources, demonstrate an environmental commitment to staff and students, and actively encourage collaborative working,
In addition to the impact on the wider department, there are many opportunities for staff and students to develop new skills and engage with a broader range of stakeholders.