Brookes awarded Oxford Green Travel Award

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Oxford Brookes further cements its reputation as one of the UK's greenest universities by winning a Green Travel Award

Oxford Brookes has further cemented its reputation as one of the UK's greenest universities thanks to its work in reducing the impact of its transport links on the environment.

Oxford City Council will present its annual Green Travel Award to the university this month. The award is given to community groups, schools, workplaces, organisations, and individuals who have consciously opted for greener forms of travel.

Mary Horan, the Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator for Oxford Brookes, said: "I'm delighted that Oxford Brookes has been recognised for its hard work to encourage and promote sustainable travel. We are very proud of our BrookesBus service and the low number of students and staff who travel to the university by car."

Since the launch of the university's Sustainable Travel Plan in 2006, considerable effort has been made to reduce the dependency of members of staff on using private cars.

As a result, there are now 2,500 cycle racks at Brookes in addition to 43 bike bins for secure weather-proof parking. The provision of on-site shower facilities and a 'Bike Doctor' have also given staff further incentives to make the switch from four wheels to two.

Other popular initiatives have included a car-sharing scheme in conjunction with, as well as the recent launch of the fleet of 11 brand new low emission BrookesBuses.

To mark the achievement, a reception with the Lord Mayor of Oxford Councillor Mary Clarkson will be held at the Town Hall on Wednesday 27 January. As well as receiving a certificate, Stagecoach will present Oxford Brookes with two Megarider Gold tickets, each providing four weeks' free travel around the city.