UTS students' brekkie bar wins international sustainability award

Picture by Monica Pen, courtesy the UTS Students' Association

Picture by Monica Pen, courtesy the UTS Students' Association

In summary: 
  • The UTS Students' Association Bluebird Brekkie Bar has backed up an Australasian award with the International Green Gown Award for student initiatives and campaigns
  • Announced in London this morning Sydney time, the International Green Gowns recognise sustainability best practice in the Australasian and UK tertiary education sectors

A weekly sustainable pop-up breakfast bar for UTS students has won an international award for sustainability at a ceremony held in London today.

The UTS Students' Association Bluebird Brekkie Bar was awarded the International Green Gown Award in the student initiatives and campaigns category.

Eligibility for the international title comes off the back of the recent win of a 2012 Australasian Green Gown Award, announced at Customs House in Brisbane on 27 September.

The International Green Gown Award recognises sustainability best practice in the Australasian and UK tertiary education sectors.

The UK Green Gown Awards ceremony was held in London by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), and in partnership with Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) included the inaugural announcement of the international winners.

"To receive an international award of this calibre is something we will treasure for years to come," said Jade Tyrrell, President of the UTS Students' Association.

"This award acts as a testament to what students and student organisations can achieve to further encourage sustainability, and to support student welfare and local producers."

Bluebird Brekkie Bar is a free service provided by the Students' Association at UTS and is staffed weekly by UTS students.

The pop-up breakfast is in high demand and provides free muesli, coffee, fruit and toast from local producers to at least 1000 students a week.

The award winners were announced at the ceremony live via video link-up this morning, AEDT.

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Well done folks, great team effort !
Your awesome and dedicated work sure deserves to be recognised

Regards to you

Fantastic idea UTS, Goldsmiths College, University of London might just "borrow" your idea !

Would be nice to see this b'fast being offered at the Kuring Gai campus!

A wonderful achievement. Well done UTS Students Association!

On behalf of a high school that sends a lot of students to UTS for university, I wish you the heartiest congratulations! I love that my students will soon become part of an institution that thinks sustainably and responsibly and cares about their welfare. Well done!