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The Department of Chemistry and Department of Materials (Labs) have struck gold in this year's NUS Green Impact Awards, while Sue Henderson from the Department of Chemistry has received the Environmental Hero Award.

Silver Award winners included the Department of Statistics, Mathematical Institute, and Earth Sciences (including Labs). The Department of Plant Sciences secured a bronze award.

Now in its second year at Oxford, Green Impact is a NUS initiative run by the University’s Environmental Sustainability team in Estates Services.

Departments across the University are encouraged to sign up and work towards making positive environmental sustainability changes in their workplace.

Each department’s progress is logged and audited by students trained in Green Impact auditing.

The Awards were hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton and held in the Bodleian’s newly refurbished Weston Library.

Professor Hamilton said, ‘It’s been an absolute delight to witness the level of engagement with Green Impact increase across the University. One key part of the Green Impact initiative is ensuring that we improve our sustainability performance every year.

‘Another vital aspect is making sure that everyone is aware of the important role they have to play. Every single person needs to choose to make personal changes to help the University achieve its carbon reduction goals.’

Awards were also presented to Eileen Pearson-Burton from Nuffield Department of Population Health and Eric Belfield from Plant Sciences, who have both helped to launch WARPit, the University's reuse scheme for furniture and office and lab supplies. Although only in its first year, the scheme is already close to saving £10,000. The reduced purchasing and reduction in waste disposal also has a positive effect on the University’s environmental impact.