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Green Impact Awards 2020-21

The ninth year of Green Impact at the University of Cambridge was launched, completed, and celebrated, during a world pandemic. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 however, we are immensely proud to announce that 47 teams have achieved a wonderful 49 awards. The greatest-ever number of awards that we have presented at Cambridge is 50, so achieving 49 during such a disruptive year is a truly exceptional team effort!

This year we’ve also seen our greatest-ever proportion of Platinum awards and welcomed over ten new teams, including our latest College team – Gonville and Caius. Together our Green Impact teams engaged over 5,000 colleagues and completed over 2,400 sustainable actions to help make our University more sustainable.

As well as our teams, we'd also like to thank over 40 students, from 23 different Colleges and 19 disciplines, who trained as Green Impact Student Auditors this year. Without their skills, time and passion for sustainability we would not be able to announce the following awards. 

A copy of the 2021 award presentation slides is available here, a recording of the event is available on request.

Departmental awards

Cambridge Assessment Madrid Working Towards Bronze
Investment Office Working Towards Bronze
Cambridge Enterprise Bronze
Cambridge University Press Bronze
CEB Green Impact Bronze
Clinical Neurosciences: CAB Bronze
Department of Engineering - Trumpington Street Site Bronze
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit Bronze
Faculty of Music Bronze
MRC MBU Bronze
Postdoc Academy Bronze
Staff Counselling Centre Bronze
Alison Richard Building Silver
Cambridge University Botanic Garden Silver
CDBB Sustainability Team Silver
Department of Geography Silver
Department of Radiology Silver
Department of Surgery Silver
Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre Silver
John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair Silver
Maxwell Centre Silver
Meet Cambridge Silver
Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics Silver
SHSS Green Team Silver
University Information Services Gold
Cambridge Assessment Platinum
Cancer Research UK - Cambridge Institute Platinum
Department of Land Economy Platinum
MRC Epidemiology Platinum
The Green Genies, DPHPC Platinum

College awards

Lucy Cavendish College Silver Colleges
Clare College Gold Colleges
Darwin College Gold Colleges
Gonville and Caius College Gold Colleges
Hughes Hall Gold Colleges
King's College Gold Colleges
Magdalene College Gold Colleges
Churchill College Platinum Colleges
Corpus Christi College Platinum Colleges
Girton College Platinum Colleges
Jesus College Platinum Colleges
Robinson College Platinum Colleges
St John's College Platinum Colleges

Lab awards

John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair Gold Labs
Department of Surgery Platinum Labs
Geography Science Laboratories Platinum Labs

Excellence awards

While our Platinum-winning teams have demonstrated huge commitment by going beyond the Gold requirements, other teams have chosen to take their Green Impact efforts to the next step in a completely different way. The Excellence award-winning departments have spent the past year focusing on one larger sustainability-themed project of their own design, and of specific relevance to their own context.

You can read about each of the Excellence projects in full here.

Institute for Manufacturing Excellence
Wolfson College Excellence
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Excellence

Special awards

The Green Impact Special awards aim to recognise individuals and teams who have gone the extra mile in their Green Impact journey. The projects and initiatives nominated for these awards have made a difference above and beyond the requirements of the standard Green Impact actions.

Sustainability Hero Winner: Abby Burrage
  Winner: Gemma Dunsmure
  Highly Commended: Gary Dougan
  Highly Commended: Gary Wren
  Highly Commended: Ivan Higney
Innovation for Engagement Winner: Anna Brown
  Winner: Ellen Mackay
  Highly Commended: Andreza Carvalho
Environmental Improvement Winner: Cambridge Enterprise
  Highly Commended: Danita Pearson
Community Action Winner: Darwin College
Student Leadership Winner: Luisa Deragon
  Highly Commended: Anushka Chandrawat

Certificates of Recognition for Extra Sustainability Action at Home

This year saw the addition of Working From Home options for our Green Impact teams. Sustainability spread from the University to our home lives and together our Green Impact teams completed over 360 actions from the Working From Home tab, including everything from sustainability lunches to ethical banking and wellbeing activities.

Some teams completed far more Working From Home actions than required for their award level. To recognise the teams who completed 10 or more extra Working From Home actions we have awarded Certificates of Recognition to:

Cambridge University Press Faculty of Music
Centre for Digital Built Britain Lucy Cavendish College
CEB Green Impact Meet Cambridge
Department of Land Economy MRC Epidemiology