Lancaster University shortlisted for award

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Lancaster University has been shortlisted for a sustainability award by the Times Higher Education magazine.

The university is one of only six in the UK to be shortlisted in the category of Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development.

Since 2011, Lancaster has launched several initiatives to help meet ambitious carbon reduction targets of 43% by 2020 and 83% by 2050.

These include:

*A wind turbine on site which in its first six months of operation produced 15% of the university’s electricity consumption

*A new energy centre which has reduced electricity consumption by more than seven per cent and cut carbon emissions by six per cent

*A thermal Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine

*A thermal biomass boiler.

Other measures include a recycling project which has collected 25 tonnes of items for reuse from departing students, student allotments and an organic garden on campus.

More than half of staff and 88% of students use sustainable methods of transport, and all new and refurbished buildings developed on the campus since 2004 have been designed to operate more sustainably.

Winners of the annual awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on November 28.