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Sustainability Action Awards

The Sustainability Action Awards recognise students and staff who are changing the world for the better. 

Students and staff across the University of Southampton are leading inspiring work and initiatives - both inside and outside of the institution, tackling global challenges and making a difference locally. The annual Sustainability Action Awards were launched in 2014 to champion members of the University community who undertaking such work, whether it's research into solutions to global challenges, innovative teaching of sustainability issues, or volunteer work making a difference in the local community. The Awards are an opportunity to share ideas and inspirations about the range of initiatives contributing to the university's mission to change the world for the better.

2016 winners Cameroon Catalyst

2016 awards

On Thursday 10 March, more than 80 staff and students came together for the third annual Sustainability Action Awards, celebrating the inspiring sustainable initiatives taking place across our University. This year also launched the first Sustainability Action Photographer of the Year Award, with the theme 'My Global Goals'. Based on the 17 international goals for sustainability, the images articulated the photographers interpretation of sustainability and what the Global Goals meant to them.

The ceremony was led by Professor William Powrie, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and the University’s Sustainability Champion, with awards being presented by Chief Operating Officer Ian Dunn and SUSU Vice President Welfare Sam Bailey.

Be inspired: find out more about the 2016 winners.

Student winner: Jonathan Ham

Jonathan carried out undergraduate research whilst volunteering for Voluntary Service Overseas into active citizenship amongst children in Nigeria.

Staff winner: Tony Curran

Dr Tony Curran developed ‘The Burger Apocalypse' which has helped 1100 people explore the environmental impacts of food.

Staff runner up: Ian Williams

Over the last 20 years Professor Ian Williams' collaborative research with local authorities has improved recycling rates and engaged staff and students.

Student-Staff Team winners

Joint winners 'Biggest Tree' and 'The Social Enterprise Challenge' are supporting student social enterprise to tackle local challenges.

More information

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The Sustainability Action Awards are supported by the University's Carbon Management Fund, investing in ideas that will reduce the institution's carbon emissions and improve the sustainability of our campuses.

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