SEF manager reaches finals of sustainability awards

Matthew Arnold

The University’s Energy and Environmental Manager, Matthew Arnold, has made the finals of the Green Gown Awards.

Established in 2004, the Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges in the UK and Ireland.

Matthew Arnold said: “I’m ecstatic to be a finalist for the ‘Sustainability Professional Individual Award’. Since joining the University it has been one of my key ambitions to win a Green Gown award as a result of the good environmental activities that we’re all doing at Sussex.

“I’m honoured that I’ve been recognised for working hard at pushing boundaries and I’m now focused on winning the awards in November.”

Matthew has been at the heart of a long list of energy-saving and sustainable initiatives here at Sussex since he joined the University in May 2014.

The University recently announced its intention to become one of the greenest universities in the UK, in part by nearly halving its carbon emissions by 2020.

Sussex is currently implementing a multi-million pound 'go greener' programme which will initially see over 3,000 solar panels fitted on 29 buildings, replacing 27,000 internal and external lamps with more efficient LED lighting, improved heating and cooling control systems and smart metering installed across the campus.

At the same time Matthew is championing schemes such as Green Impact, the Warp It reuse portal and assisting on street cleans in residential areas - helping the University to make real headway on sustainability issues.

The Green Gown Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester on 15 November.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 2 August 2017