November 8, 2012, by Fraser

Green Gown Awards: Nottingham highly commended for its sustainability drive

The University was highly commended in the Learning and Skills category of this year’s Green Gown Awards for the Nottingham Advantage Award: sustainability grand challenge.

The concept of the challenge surrounds equipping students and staff with an improved knowledge of sustainability to help them understand the impact of their values and actions. The Green Gown Awards are a celebration of the tertiary education sector’s sustainability achievements.

Nottingham Advantage Awards

The key way that this is being achieved at Nottingham – in terms of teaching and learning – is the Advantage Awards. New modules include sustainability in the Arts and Humanities, as well as Geography, Engineering and Business.

Dr Sarah Speight, Academic Director of the Nottingham Advantage Award, said: “Nottingham believes that sustainability must be at the heart of the student experience, central to teaching and learning, and integral to graduate employability. Winning a Green Gown Award in this category provides authoritative external validation of this and is invaluable for the internal journey.”

Let’s hear from the judges

The judges were impressed by the University’s drive to increase awareness of sustainability within teaching and learning. They said: “This project makes an outstanding contribution to the development of multi-media, open source, copyright safe materials. There is strong portability across the sectors and a strong international cultural dimension to the project development.

“The project has helped Nottingham shift the sustainability agenda from its estates and its research into its teaching and learning. It has explored what sustainability means for academic disciplines, and what it means for learning technologies and pedagogies. Nottingham’s next challenge is to move this learning inside the mainstream academic curriculum.

Nottingham’s ebooks on itunes

A key part of sustainability is the increased use of ebooks. See some free examples below:

Sustainability & Engineering 1 & 2

Sustainability in the Arts and Humanities 1 & 2

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