The University has been short-listed twice for the final stages of the prestigious Green Gown Awards as the search intensifies to find the UK’s most sustainable institutions.

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Green Gown Awards logoTwo Westminster projects are included in the short-list for the Social Responsibility category, one of 12 that make up the 2010 Awards organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

The winning universities and colleges will be announced at the Green Gown annual awards dinner, due to be held on 16 June at the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

A project earlier in the year to reduce water use in the University and our Scholarships Scheme that aims to produce socially responsible graduates are among the five entries to have been short-listed by judges for the Social Responsibility section.

The Water Amnesty project was a water savings scheme at Westminster and two other partner universities. It led to a 15 per cent reduction in one month in monitored use - and an “increased awareness among students and staff about the issues associated with water usage”.

The University’s Scholarship Scheme is the largest of any UK university with an annual value approaching £5 million. It has contributed to the development of countries around the world by producing “educated, enthusiastic and socially responsible graduates”.

Now in their sixth year, the Green Gown Awards have seen 66 institutions short-listed this year after a record number of entries. Among the bodies sponsoring the Awards are The Carbon Trust and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. 

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