College wins environmental award

Doreen Lawrence congratulates NRC lecturers Declan Heggarty and Michael Tennyson on the college's success. INNT 30-509CON
Doreen Lawrence congratulates NRC lecturers Declan Heggarty and Michael Tennyson on the college's success. INNT 30-509CON

The Northern Regional College has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the national campaign to find the UK’s greenest organisations, councils and communities.

The college received the award for the training it provides to the construction industry through its Responsible Sourcing of Materials (RSM) programme - a project led by Irvine Abraham at the Newtownabbey Campus.

NRC competed against more than 200 other nominations in the International Green Apple Awards for Built Environment & Architectural Heritage, and were presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the National Self Build & Renovation Centre, Swindon by Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, who had been training to be an architect.

Commenting on the award, NRC sustainability lecturer Michael Tennyson said: “NRC was the only Northern Ireland Further & Higher Education College to be recognised at these awards. The award was an acknowledgement of its work and training programme in Renewables. We delivered a Responsible Sourcing of Materials (RSM) programme to the construction industry which was unique, as we engaged with the sector to systematically reduce the carbon inputs at the procurement phase of construction.”

He added: “Renewables and sustainability is a key component of our training delivery to our client companies. We are delighted that our work has been recognised and rewarded at this ceremony.”

As a result of this success, NRC’s winning paper will be published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.