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University team shows plastic’s not so fantastic

Shunning plastics earned a team of University of Chichester employees an annual award.


The IT section collected this year’s Jump team trophy and £500 first prize for their efforts to promote sustainability and wellbeing.


Its members of staff spent more than 126,000 minutes walking in the previous year, avoided almost 1,400 single- use plastic items and had 2,000-plus disposable cup-free days between them.


Elizabeth Whitaker, the university’s chief human resources officer, said: “Our annual awards ceremony is key for engaging our people in Jump and celebrating the positive steps taken by them.


“With over 5,000 students and 1,000 members of staff, our activities can have a large impact on our local and global environment and we are committed to creating a culture of environmental awareness throughout the community.”


The Jump awards ceremony was held at the university’s Bognor Regis campus. The programme is in its fifth year and is the longest running Jump university scheme in the country.


Since its launch in October, 2014, more than 300 members of staff and students have signed up to take part.


They are encouraged to get involved with sustainability and wellbeing behaviour. These include avoiding plastics, saving energy, leaving cars behind and recycling.


Second place, and £250, in this year’s competition, went to the student recruitment and admissions team and academic quality standards, executive team, psychology and counselling and estate management received £150 in third place.


The individual Jump champion 2019 was Jo Parker.


She was presented with her award by Jump chief executive Graham Simmonds. He said: “As the longest running Jump university programme in the country, it’s exciting to see the University of Chichester continuing to build new momentum and introduce new activities for its Jump student ambassadors.”

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