Manchester Metropolitan University wins International Green Gown Award
Tuesday 18-11-2014 - 12:14
Manchester Metropolitan University has won an award in the ‘Student Engagement’ category of the International Green Gown Awards for its ‘Met MUnch’ project.
The award, supported by Green Steps, Ricard and the Scottish Funding Council was received for the sterling work of the project in creating a student-led food network on campus. Capturing a zeitgeist for ‘popup’ sustainable food events, Met Munch brings affordable, nutritional, local and sustainable food to student communities and beyond.
Describing the Met Munch project, Mike Palmer, President at The Union MMU, said, 'The MetMunch success is absolutely amazing considering its humble begins with no funding and only a handful of passionate students. Haleh Moravej (project conceiver) is one of the most wonderfully student driven individuals I have met and her passion for community projects and student engagement has allowed this project to flourish and be a real asset to the not only the University but the wider community also.'
Sarah-Beth Cooper, Community Officer, added: 'It's educational in an engaging and interactive way, and the project is building a great student community around the goodness of food!'
Delivered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the International Green Gown Awards, which is now in its tenth year, awards educational institutions on their sustainability excellence and this year’s awards judged entries from Australasia, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.
EAUC Chief Executive Iain Patton described the importance of the International Green Gown Awards, ‘The ethos of the Green Gown Awards has always been to ensure that we learn from each other and help our universities and colleges improve but most importantly we seek to engage and enthuse our students in searching for solutions to the problems we as citizens of a small shared planet have created. The International Green Gown Awards share the great practice that is taking place across the globe.’
For more information on the International Green Gown Awards, please visit www.eauc.org.uk/green_gown_awards. Further information on Manchester Metropolitan University’s Met MUnch project can be found here.