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A leading Lancashire university a has won a prestigious ‘green gown’ award for on-going commitment to carbon reduction.

The Lancaster-based University of Cumbria scooped the carbon reduction award for the project to reduce the need for a large fleet of pool cars.

The award was presented at the Green Gown ceremony at the University of Birmingham.

The university has implemented a number of initiatives since 2007 to help reduce the need for reliance on a pool car fleet, reducing CO2 emissions from staff business travel by 27% between 2009/10 and 2011/12.

Initiatives such as video conferencing, desktop communication, use of public transport, car clubs and car sharing have been encouraged and embraced by staff.

Ian Rodham, travel plan manager at the university, said: “We have put a lot of hard work into this project to reduce the number of pool cars on the road and to be recognised within the sector is fantastic.”

The awards are the most prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence within the tertiary sector.