- WINNER of a GREEN APPLE AWARD!
The Gurdon Institute have won a Green Apple Award.
The National Green Apple Environment Awards judges have selected the Gurdon Institute's project entitled "Changing behaviour towards energy use in research laboratories" as a Green Apple Award winner. The level of award will be revealed at a ceremony in The House of Commons in November.
As a pilot department for the University's Energy and Carbon Reduction Project, the Gurdon is aiming to explore energy reduction measures that avoids waste but does not adversely affect the scientific research. The Institute initially identified behaviour change as a particular aim and held an exhibition to raise awareness prior to launching a competition for best energy management within a laboratory, thus utilising the competitive spirit of their researchers.
Everyone in the Institute has contributed to the overall energy reductions, on the premise that small savings will make a difference. However one lab in particular - the Brand lab - grasped the challenge with such enthusiasm and commitment to change that was both inspirational and infectious that they achieved a staggering 49% reduction after the second month of competition. This was attributed to focusing on a 'last out' power down checklist ensuring that when the lab was unoccupied no unnecessary equipment was left operational.
The marked change in behaviour has demonstrated that with good communications and an inclusive approach, individuals can be brought together to solve problems and have fun in the process.
The Green Apple Award will be a "Thank You" to all Institute members and a visual reminder that making a difference and reducing energy waste matters - not only to the Institute and their sponsors, but also the University, the local community and now nationally.
The Green Apple Environment Award is an international campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.