Recent Sustainability Awards and Nominations
In addition to many funding awards for its research and development into environmental sustainability, Cardiff University has recently received several accolades for its exceptional environmental initiatives:
- Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark (October 2012). Cardiff University has become the first University within Wales to be recognised by the Soil Association for its commitment to providing food that is freshly prepared, free from controversial additives and better for animal welfare. See more about the University's Catering and Bars.
- ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. Cardiff University is the first University within Wales to have received both ISO 14001 – an internationally accepted standard that signifies an organisation’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact - and BS OHSAS 18001 which recognises the promotion of a safe and healthy working environment. More about the certification from the University's new web area.
- Green Gown Award Nominations (August 2011) An innovative social marketing initiative aimed at reducing the incidence of deliberate grassfires was shortlisted for a Green Gown award in the Social Responsibility category. More about the Green Gown Award Nomination from the University' News web area.
- Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (July 2010) given to Cardiff Conservation Volunteers (CCV), a group co-founded by John Newton, previously an Assistant Director in the University's Finance Division. This award was for the group's outstanding work in the local community. More about the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, from the University's News area.
- Green Gown Award (June 2010) A Cardiff University student-run enterprise, which promotes the consumption of locally-sourced, affordable fruit and vegetables, was given the Green Gown Award for Student Initiatives and Campaigns. More about the Green Gown Award, from the University' News web area.
- Carbon Trust Standard (May 2010) The University was the first higher education institution in Wales to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard, a national mark of excellence. This was in recognition of its work and results and ongoing commitment to reduce its carbon emissions. More about the Carbon Trust Standard Award from the University's News web area.
- ARCCA Datacentre (June 2009) The ARCCA (Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff) supercomputer datacentre has been Highly Commended in the prestigious Green Gown Awards. The Awards, administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), recognise exceptional initiatives being taken by universities and colleges across the UK to become more sustainable. More about the ARCCA commendation.
- ARCCA Datacentre (December 2008) The ARCCA supercomputer datacentre was a finalist in two categories in the Datacentre Leaders' Awards 2008, awards for leadership and innovation endorsed by DatacenterDynamics, a key international organisation for professionals who design and run IT datacentres. More about ARCCA.
- BRASS (October 2008) The STAUNCH (Sustainability Tool for Auditing Curricula in Higher Education) tool, developed by Rodrigo Lozano at the BRASS research centre, was shortlisted in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards 2008 for “outstanding contribution to sustainable development.” More about STAUNCH.
- ARCCA Datacentre (September 2008) The ARCCA supercomputer datacentre was also a finalist in the British Computer Society IT Awards 2008, in the BP Environment category, in recognition of "innovation, professionalism and best practice". More about ARCCA.