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UCU links up with South Thames College to win Green Gown Award

8 November 2012

UCU has won a prestigious 'Green Gown' award for its work in promoting sustainability skills.

The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by tertiary education across the UK and awarded the union's work with the Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) at South Thames College the prize on Monday night at a ceremony in Birmingham.
The judges referred to the GJA's work at the college as 'an excellent example of building a local sustainability alliance; working with and learning from other organisations and sectors.'
The alliance was instrumental in setting up the Furzedown Low Carbon Zone in Tooting. It was established to develop the link between the curriculum and community engagement. A range of measures covering energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental awareness have been introduced.
The work has been captured on a video (watch below).
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'This is a really positive example of unions working in the community to increase the future employability of college students. Trade unions have a vital role to play in delivering a low carbon economy and this is an excellent example of how to put it into practice.'
Sue Rimmer, principal of South Thames College said: 'Winning the Green Gown Award is a real boost to the education for sustainable development work of South Thames College. Our partnership with employers, trades unions and local community organisations has now been recognised as a model for the further education sector in promoting sustainability skills.
'A special thanks to the Learning Skills and Improvement Service and the Greener Jobs Alliance for funding support. We look forward to the next stage of linking our student work experience programme with the Furzedown Low Carbon Zone project.'

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