The annual UC Sustainability Awards are our chance to celebrate the great work being undertaken by UC students and staff in making our world that bit more sustainable. And there is a lot of that work happening here: this year we had twice as many nominations as there were prizes, which gave our panel of independent judges a lot to think about.
But, after grappling with the wide diversity of nominations, which included everything from participating in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to community gardening, the judges came up with their decisions. The awards were presented at the conclusion of Eco Week by UCSA President James Addington and the UCSA Exec representative for sustainability Johnny Duncan.
The Supreme Award Winner, winning a package trip to Kaikoura amongst other goodies, was a team from Chemical and Process Engineering and Chemistry who have developed a synthetic leaf that could be a real game-changer in the race to find technical fixes to the global climate change problem. Alex Yip, Iman Hashemizadeh and Vladimir Golovko blew the judges away with their audacious project, which has also been garnering international attention.
Other winners included UC Procurement for their work in developing the Fairtrade Accreditation business case, which has meant UC is now firmly on the path to becoming a Fairtrade Accredited campus – a project that has been in the pipeline for around five years if not longer. Professors Eric Pawson and Simon Kingham won the Gold staff award for their trailblazing community service paper GEOG309, and George Moon won the Gold student award for his efforts in creating the Eco Club Network.
A full list of the winners, and more information about their projects, can be found here.
Congratulations to all the winners, and to all of the nominees who are doing such great work.