University of Reading celebrates employees’ sustainable actions

University of Reading staff engage in virtual celebration after completing fundraising activities

The University of Reading has held a virtual celebration for employees to recognise the sustainable actions resulting from participation in its interactive sustainability and wellbeing engagement programme.

Through the initiative, provided by Jump, academic staff have been able to compete against one another, as both individuals and teams, to reach the top of the Jump leaderboard. Since September 2019, employees have collectively recorded 25,000 positive actions and avoided 140 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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The winning team and top-scoring individuals from the year were invited to join the celebrations, with the winning team, the Examinations and Graduation Office, voting for a charity of their choice to receive a £200 donation. Local food bank, Readifood, received this donation.

Mark Fellowes, vice-chancellor at University of Reading, said: “Even though our celebrations this year are virtual, it’s so important to recognise the significant contributions that individuals right across the university have made to making us more environmentally sustainable. The fantastic progress already made will continue with the introduction of our new university strategy which includes sustainability as one of the core principles.”