The University of Plymouth has been shortlisted three times at this year’s Green Gown Awards – the national programme that recognises excellence in sustainability across higher and further education.
The University is a finalist in the 2030 Climate Action category, which looks at steps that institutions are taking towards radically cutting their carbon footprints.
And it is shortlisted twice in the Research with Impact category for projects being conducted in Africa to address global issues of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder and soil erosion.
The first concerns education and rehabilitation programmes that are addressing COPD in Uganda – work that has subsequently been extended to other developing countries such as Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan and Sri Lanka.
This has included specific projects to educate pregnant mothers, via midwives, on the dangers of exposure to smoke inhalation from cooking fires; rehabilitation using culturally-adapted dance and music; the creation of educational materials in collaboration with Illustration students at the University; and crowd-funding for a lung-health medical centre.