Climate Action Awards launched at DMU

A new awards initiative to celebrate staff and students who are going the extra mile for sustainability at De Montfort University, Leicester (DMU) and beyond, has been launched.

The inaugural ‘Climate Action Awards’ will celebrate and recognise the sustainable efforts and commitment of staff and students across the university, with the opportunity to come together and celebrate all their hard work at a bespoke ceremony in December.


Staff and students are being encouraged to take part in the awards by submitting any work they have undertaken through; research, teaching and campus activity in the pursuit of acting to reduce global warming and improve sustainability.

Associate Director of Sustainable Development Goal Impact, Mark Charlton, said: “These awards are about recognising the efforts staff and students are making through their efforts and innovations.

“We have made the entry process as simple as possible to draw out as many examples as possible of good work being undertaken to take climate action, no matter how big or small.”

Entries are now open and will close on Friday 2 December. 

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