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Nottingham Trent University wins award for green app


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Charmain Morrell and Simon Smith
Image source: Nottingham Trent University / Charmaine Morrell, head of sustainability, and Simon Smith, interim director of estates

Nottingham Trent University has won an award for the development of a gamification app designed to help its students and staff live more sustainable lifestyles.

It has won the University Impact Initiative of the Year Award at the 2022 AUDE Awards (Association of University Directors of Estates) for its Green Rewards app and web platform.

On the platform, users win points for activities such as choosing sustainable transport options, shopping at local green stores, and switching off electronics. Once they’ve earned their points, they can see how they’re performing both as an individual and as a team within their organisation through the platform’s leader boards.

The university said that since roll out in 2019 over 3,700 people are taking part in the programme, with a total 223,563 positive actions achieved to date which have prevented 32,624 kg of waste from going to landfill and 30,340 kg of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Better choices

Its head of sustainability Charmaine Morrell said: “Gamification is an important way to engage our staff and students in helping NTU meet its net zero carbon target. The Green Rewards app encourages our staff and students to make more sustainable wellbeing and lifestyle choices in various areas, such as fast fashion, food and drink, active travel and recycling, which translates into points gained and prizes won.

“The drive for sustainability, friendly competition, and community based activities are three things that continue to make Nottingham Trent University a positive and progressive place to work and study.” 

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