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Leamore college shortlisted for national award

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Walsall Adult & Community College (WACC) has once again been recognised for its sterling work in the field of sustainability, by being shortlisted for a national award.

The Leamore-based college is one of 69 institutions shortlisted by The Environment Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) for the Green Gown Awards 2012 (Stage 2).

Now in their eighth year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges in the UK.

With sustainable development moving up the global agenda, the Awards are now established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence within the education and environmental sectors.

The college, which provides adult learning services and apprenticeship training to 8,000 students each year, has been nominated in the ‘Colleges and Smaller Institutions’ category, alongside Derbyshire County Council, Jewel & Esk College and Circus Space.

WACC is one of only two local authority learning service organisations that have been shortlisted in this year’s Green Gown Awards, the winners of which will be announced in November later this year.

College principal, Maria Gilling said:

“Being shortlisted for the Green Gown Awards 2012 is a huge achievement for us and helps build on our reputation for being a leader in education for sustainable development.”

Iain Patton, chief executive of the EAUC added:

“The quality of the applications has been very high and creating a shortlist was incredibly difficult. We are now looking forward to learning more about the successful projects in Stage 2 of the process, and ultimately to unveiling the winners of the 2012 Green Gown Awards in November.”

Last June the college fought off competition from larger organisations and businesses to triumph at the West Midlands START Awards 2011, sponsored by the Prince’s Trust Business in the Community. It is looking to build on its success by gaining the Learning In Future Environments Index (LiFE) Accreditation with the EAUC.

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