Interserve, the international support services, construction and equipment services group, delivers a total facilities management service to the university as part of a joint venture that is recognised as the largest of its kind in higher education. Sussex Estates and Facilities Limited Liability Partnership (SEF LLP) is a joint venture between the Company and University of Sussex which employs 280 people at 90 properties in Brighton.
Megan, a geography student, started as a SEF intern last September after completing her second year of studies at the university. Interserve has also offered Megan a bursary and a job following graduation.
Megan has been nominated as the Sustainability Student Champion of the Year in the prestigious Green Gown Awards for her work establishing a student society called ‘Leave No Trace’ which collects items that can’t currently be recycled by the university and raises awareness about environmental issues. Megan has identified measures to reduce waste and helped the university implement alternative processes, such as recycling duvets and pillows. She has also worked with the in-house caterers, SussexFood, to expand paper cup recycling across campus. Through pursuing schemes like this, the university’s recycling rates have increased by 12 per cent in the last year.
Established in 2004, the national Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives by universities and colleges.
Megan said: “I’m thrilled to be a finalist because it helps highlight such a crucial issue and I am also delighted Interserve recognises the value of sustainability and supports me to such a great extent.
“Studying geography has helped me to understand the detrimental impact we’re having on the planet. Raising awareness and looking at alternative ways we can work to reduce that impact is incredibly important to me.
“If we educate people and raise awareness about the steps that can be taken to protect the environment, change will happen naturally.”
Dan Hore, SEF’s Partnership Director, said: “Megan would be a worthy winner of the Green Gown Awards. I’m delighted Interserve has offered Megan a role because it shows our approach to attracting and retaining the best talent as we develop our staff group to drive the Company forward.”
The Green Gown Award is on 26th November at Glasgow’s Science Centre.