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Sustainability experts shortlisted for Green Gown Awards

Published: 9 November 2017
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Professor Simon Kemp and Emily Haggett

Professor Simon Kemp and recent graduate, Emily Haggett, are among the finalists for this year's Green Gown Awards.

Professor Simon Kemp, Professorial Fellow in Education for Sustainable Development, is amongst the finalists for the Sustainability Professional Award. Recent MEnvSci Environmental Sciences graduate, Emily Haggett, is also in the running for a Green Gown in the Research and Development Student category.

Professor Kemp has transformed sustainability at the University and has led significant change across Higher Education sector. His passion for sustainability education has made a positive impact on over 1,800 students from across the University through numerous sustainability modules and research projects and a further 1,000 students through various Sustainability Action projects.

Emily’s novel research examined a highly important and emerging issue of microplastics in the marine environment and the possible consequences for the human food chain. Her work is already benefitting other postgraduate researchers and academics and she’s now developing her skills as a Plastic Free Coastlines Project Officer for Surfers Against Sewage.

 “I’m delighted to be short-listed for this year’s Green Gown Awards and thrilled to join Emily amongst the finalists,” said Professor Kemp. “These awards are very important in recognising the wide range of vital initiatives and projects throughout UK higher and further education focused on sustainability and the environment.”

 Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. Administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the sector.

 Good luck to both Simon and Emily, the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on the 15th of November.

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