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SEF student intern makes the finals for national sustainability award

An intern at Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF) has reached the finals of a national sustainability award, for her efforts in pioneering environmentally friendly processes at the University of Sussex.

Environmental Intern Megan Youngs is on a shortlist of three finalists for Student Sustainability Champion of the Year at the Green Gown Awards, which recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives undertaken by educational institutions across the country.

Megan joined SEF in 2018 on a placement year, taking time out from her studies as an undergraduate Geography student to work towards supporting environmental efforts at Sussex, as part of the sustainability services delivered by SEF.

After supporting a number of improvements and new processes across campus, Megan has been nominated for a student Green Gown Award under the categories of “sustainable cities and communities” and “responsible consumption and production”.

This includes founding a new Leave No Trace student society that supports recycling efforts on campus and spreads awareness of environmental concerns, as well as working with SussexFood and the Students’ Union to introduce paper cup recycling across all campus catering outlets, plus a number of other recycling and reuse programmes in both residences and academic buildings.

In response to her nomination, Megan said: “I am thrilled to be a finalist in the awards because it helps highlight such a crucial issue and I am also delighted that [parent company] Interserve recognises the value of the work I am doing and has supported me to such a great extent.

“Studying geography has helped me to understand the detrimental impact that we are having on the planet and working to raise awareness about this fact and to look at alternative ways we can work to reduce that impact is incredibly important to me.

“It’s all about educating people about the issues and raising awareness about the steps that can be taken to protect the environment.”

The finals of the Green Gown Awards will be hosted on 26 November at the Glasgow Science Centre, where Megan will find out if she has won.

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Posted on behalf of: Sussex Estates and Facilities
Last updated: Thursday, 18 July 2019

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