ECCI Makes the Grade for a Bronze Sustainability Award

23 April 2015

The innovation and achievement of both staff and students was celebrated at the fifth annual Edinburgh Sustainability Awards, with ECCI reaching the first wrung on the ladder with a Bronze Office Sustainability Award.

More than 200 staff and students gathered at the Playfair Library Hall to celebrate the achievements of over 40 teams in the Sustainability Awards.

ECCI joined other office winners who have embedded within their departments a range of practices across six themes including energy, waste and wellbeing, while Gold and Silver winners went further to complete tougher criteria and deliver special projects.

"Today’s event marks the culmination of a year-long programme that sees staff and students from across the University working together to help make our University more socially responsible and sustainable." said Professor Charlie Jeffery, Senior Vice-Principal, as he opened the ceremony.

This year, 31 teams entered the Office category of the Sustainability Awards, increasing from just 16 when the awards launched in 2010.

ECCI Executive Director Andy Kerr said:

ECCI is delighted to be part of the UoE Sustainability Awards. ECCI prides itself on striving to be a top performer in sustainability, both through the work we do on carbon innovation and the manner in which we do it.

The ECCI building has secured a prestigious BREEAM Outstanding ratng, one of the first listed buildings in the UK to do so, as well as a special commendation in the Green Gown awards and a Green Business Tourism accolade in the pipeline.

Our building is also heavily used, with 15,000 visitors in its first year of opening, enabling us to spread the message about sustainability to a much wider audience. We’re looking forward to working with the University's SRS team to progress through the Sustainability Awards criteria; we hope to reach the Gold Standard in 2016.

Get involved

Implementation of sustainability actions is already lead by colleagues working at the ECCI. Through our commitment to the effective communication we are keen to receive feedback and reflections from other co-workers, residents and students.

Currently involved members are:
• Annabel Cooper
• Siobhan Dunn
• Darcy Pimblett
• Jim Hart
• Stuart Christie
• Patrycja Graczyk

Their work is supported by Andy Kerr – director of the Centre for Carbon Innovation.

If you wish to provide them with feedback or ideas please, seek advice, join the Green Team or discuss different sustainability options please direct your queries to: info@edinburghcentre.org