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Carbon Champion of the Year

University of Bradford

The judges were impressed by the apparent willingness of the University to tackle energy efficiency more effectively over a sustained period. The University has a comprehensive programme which has not only reversed the previous trend of rising energy use and emissions, but reduced them by 8% since the start of the programme in 2005. The length of the programme and the commitment of the University to deliver improved building performance marked them out as the 2012 CIBSE Carbon Champion of the Year.

The Higher Education sector is in a unique position to make a positive contribution in meeting one of the greatest challenges facing our global society. The University of Bradford has embarked on journey of embedding sustainable development across the whole of the University. It is an ambitious and visionary programme which is creating systemic change across everything they do. Their efforts are not just about how they build and run their estate and Award sponsor operations or purely environmental sustainability; it is also about involving all their staff, students and visitors and addressing their social responsibilities; fostering a sense of community; engendering wellbeing and ensuring that sustainable development is embedded into the formal and informal learning experience of all their students.