Undeb Bangor wins yet another Award for their sustainability work
by Ffion Jones, Undeb Bangor
Undeb Bangor Students’ Union has been awarded a highly coveted Excellent accreditation for the Green Impact Students’ Unions Awards. 2016/17 has marked the 10th year of the Green Impact Student Unions Awards, and to ensure the programme continues to meet the sustainability challenges and opportunities faced by students union, the toolkit has been stripped back to fewer, more meaningful actions to best equip students unions’ to properly embed sustainability.
Having achieved the Gold Award three times in 2011 and 2013 and 2016, Undeb Bangor are extremely happy that they’ve won the highest accreditation for the newly re-vamped Green Impact Students’ Unions Award. Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme run by NUS, offering an independent benchmarking of a union’s sustainability performance. The award challenges Students’ Unions to follow sustainability best practice and keep sustainability in mind whilst achieving results for students. The Green Impact Award also seeks to capture the positive sustainability innovations in students’ unions and promote them to the public.
The NUS Green Impact Auditor said:
Undeb Bangor have some great structural commitments to sustainability and are forging fantastic relationships with their institution and community. It will be wonderful to see their GI programme grow year on year as their recording of outcomes gains traction.
Mair Rowlands, Bangor University Sustainability Officer from the Sustainability Lab who co-ordinates the Green Impact work with the Union said:
We’ve achieved an amazing amount through Green Impact over the last 7 years, and Undeb Bangor have proved to be championing sustainability showing the way to Unions across the UK.
Dylan Williams Union Director said:
This is yet another amazing achievement for Undeb Bangor; we’ve proved that we are doing some excellent work around sustainability, and as well as sustainability being one of our core values it is entirely embedded within the culture of the Union staff, officers and students. We’re very proud of our progress and we’ve developed a national reputation for sustainability for which these awards speak for themselves”.