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UAL’s Head of Sustainability, Ian Lane was ‘Highly Commended’ at last night’s prestigious Green Gown Awards 2016, held annually to celebrate sustainability excellence within the further and higher education sector.

Shortlisted for the Sustainability Professional Award, Ian was one of 26 highly commended entries in the awards, which saw 21 winners drawn from 115 finalists representing 1.5 million students and 240,000 staff.

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UAL’s Head of Sustainability, Ian Lane

Celebrating remarkable sustainable initiatives, the Green Gown Awards celebrate the Universities and colleges, from across the UK and Ireland that are at the forefront of radically creating a better future for us all. From the efficient buildings they create, the effective way they use energy, to how they create students fit for the future – the Awards bring together the most inspirational projects from the sector.

Recognised for helping elevate UAL from 127th in the Green League in 2013, to a top 10 contender within three years – the judges commended Ian and said:

Ian provided a strong application, with evidence of great achievements and impact within the University since his appointment three years ago, all done with a small team in what is a complex, disparate University estate. The field of applicants was very strong indeed this year and the commendation indicates the positivity of the judging panel to Ian’s achievements.”

UAL’s Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington said:

University of the Arts London is a place to explore, research, teach and learn practices and processes that contribute to the furthering of societies and cultures. We seek, through the arts, to enable community and individual engagement in practice. Achieving this Green Gown Award commendation recognises our commitment to social and ecological design and amplifies the impacts of our collective ambitions towards a sustainable future.”

Watch this short film to see how Ian Lane has helped put sustainability at the heart of UAL.

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The full list of winners can be found here.