Bodleian Libraries among the Finalists for the Green Gown Awards

9 July 2014

Bodleian Libraries Book Storage Facility solar panelsThe Bodleian Libraries have been nominated among the finalists for the Green Gown Awards 2014.

Now in their tenth year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. This year, 120 projects were submitted for award consideration, representing 62 educational institutions across the UK.

The Bodleian Libraries have been shortlisted in the Carbon Reduction Category, the second most popular category out of the existing fourteen.

The project, entitled 'Oxford University Bodleian Libraries team read between the lines looking for £100,000', aims to reduce the libraries' annual utility costs by £100,000. The University has already invested £303,000 in the project which will sees a yearly saving of £168,000, thus the initial investment being recouped in two years.

The project started with a full survey of all seven buildings involved in order to identify fifty opportunities for energy saving including building insulation, LED lighting installation, heat metering and behaviour change programmes involving all libraries team members.  Since the beginning of the project, the libraries have managed to save 925 tonnes of carbon. An exciting project was the installation of a ground mounted PV system outside the Book Storage Facility at Swindon. On sunny days the solar panels can produce all the power needed for the building.

Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability, University of Oxford said: 'We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Green Gown awards for the work that has been done with the libraries. This is a great example of collaborative work to achieve a common aim of reducing carbon emissions and costs within a complex University environment.'

The winners will be announced on 3 November 2014 during a special ceremony held at the Whitworth Hall, University of Manchester.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC said: 'It is fantastic to see more institutions than ever being finalists the strength and quality of applications is truly inspiring. The breadth of activity within the sector shows that sustainability really does bring positive impacts, both on the institution, their staff and students and the wider community. These finalists are proof that where institutions take sustainability seriously they are reaping the benefits.'

The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK. With sustainable development moving up the global agenda, the Awards are now established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence within the tertiary education sector, as well as the environmental sector.
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