Now in their 9th year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the tertiary education sector.Robin Mason staff picture

Edge Hill Business School were represented by Robin Mason FCCA. The module Accounting for the Environment: in the real world was selected for the Courses category final out of a long-list of 126.

In 2012/13 an inter-departmental initiative was introduced allowing two-way knowledge transfer. This module is not only relevant to UK-based frameworks but will be pertinent to the International Integrated Reporting Agenda and requires third year students to assess ‘real life’ energy and waste data provided by Edge Hill’s Facilities Management team (FM). Students were then tasked to calculate the data as required by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Estates Management Statistics.

The use of actual legislative requirements gives the subject matter credibility and provides the future decision-makers with a realistic insight of the cost of energy and waste usage both in monetary and environmental terms.

FM staff gained an understanding of the working environment from the eyes of students and lecturers. This alternate perspective then allows FM to adjust processes to improve FM customer service and enhance student and lecturer experiences.