Rector welcomes new environmental champions for University

Rector welcomes new environmental champions for University

The greening of University of Aberdeen campuses takes another step forward today (June 4) with the announcement of new environmental champions.

Around 25 members of staff answered a call by the University's Environment Office to help raise awareness within the workplace of good environmental practice such as waste minimisation, energy and water conservation, sustainable travel and biodiversity.

And later today the 'champions' will be welcomed to their new role by the University's Rector Robin Harper MSP.

The Scottish Green Party Leader said: "I am delighted to see that staff from departments across the University of Aberdeen have volunteered their services to help the University take a lead in developing its new environmental policy and best practice in saving energy, recycling, and reducing the insitution's Global Footprint."

And in his welcoming address at a wine reception taking place later this afternoon at the University's Linklater Rooms, the Rector will also say: "Experience across the world has shown that it is when organisations work from the bottom up, inspiring and facilitating the input of all their members that the swiftest progress can be made in improving environmental performance.

"We are in a win-win situation where everyone will benefit from the savings that can be made, and where every one has the opportunity to feel they have played their part.

"Recycling in particular is essentially a grass roots activity, and depends wholly on the willingness of every one to play their part in making it work.

"This is a significant day in the development of the University of Aberdeen - we lead the way in so many areas, every School and College produces world class research, putting Aberdeen at the front on a global scale - we need to lead the way in sustainability as well, to keep our place as a world class university."

Clair Wright, Sustainable Travel Plan Co-ordinator within the University's Environment Office, added: "We are delighted to welcome aboard our new environmental champions who will play a key role in spreading the word in a number of ways from simply updating notice boards to helping out at environmental events."

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