The College of West Anglia (CWA) is in the running for a national environmental award. 

The college has been shortlisted in the carbon reduction category of the Green Gown Awards 2017, run by the EAUC (Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges).

Katherine Middleton, energy and environment officer at CWA, said: “I’m so pleased the college has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It showcases the investment and sheer hard work that has been put into improving the college’s estate over the past few years.

“We are now seeing the dividends through this massive reduction in our carbon footprint, which is saving money and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the college.”

The CWA’s property services department has reduced its carbon footprint since 2010 by investing in new state-of-the-art buildings, refurbishments, solar panels, an electric car, biomass boilers, air-source heat pumps and LED lighting.

The college exceeded its first carbon reduction target by achieving a 36 per cent reduction in 2015 and is well on the way to achieving this with a 51 per cent reduction last year.

The award winners will be announced in November.