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Haleh is Enviro Champ 2014!


Environmental Hero Haleh with her student leadership winner Nora Chaara

HALEH Moravej has been named the University’s ‘Environmental Hero’ for her work on healthy eating at the annual Green Impact awards.

Haleh, a senior lecturer in Human Nutrition scooped the award for her ‘passion , creativity and total commitment’ to MetMunch, a juggernaut of a scheme which has engaged scores of students from different faculties in promoting healthy eating to businesses, schools and the community.

“What started as an employability scheme has turned into a catalyst for change not only across MMU by throughout the city” she said. “I’m touched by this award which is some compensation for a complete lack of rest and sleep!”

Two of Haleh’s students received the Student Leadership Awards for their work with MetMunch, namely Nora Chaara and Rebecca Avery.

Behaviour change

Green Impact now in its 5th year is a year-round activity programme that inspires staff and students to collectively green Manchester Metropolitan University buildings and behaviours.

This year’s awards for the ‘best and the rest’ of 39 teams participating, were hosted by Steve Connor, boss of Creative Concern and opened by the VC Professor John Brooks, who said: “Environmental sustainability is the most important issue we have to address locally and globally.

“We are proud to be the UK’s No1 green university, and Green Impact is just one scheme run by the Environment Team which is encouraging and enabling us all to make little or large adjustments to our everyday lives.”

Also outstanding this year – again – was IT Services who scooped the new award for Excellence. As James Woodward explained, their work to replace 20 server rooms with a single central room helped cut 4% off MMU’s total carbon footprint. The team also won the Environmental improvement Award.

An Innovation for Engagement award was won by Didsbury Library, led by Paul Hodgson, and the Community Action prize went to Life Science Services for their work in schools.

Laboratory awards

Platinum (top award) – Microbiology, Dental Technicians, Environmental Science Services

Gold – Mechanical & Material Sciences, Cell Biology, Physiology

Silver – Analytical Services

Bronze – Chemistry Technicians

Catering earned special praise at the green Impact awards for its fairtrade and waste practices and a series of campaigns for locally-sourced products – including vegetables and cheeses, and the new Food for Life project at Birley. Gold award was handed to Richard Maslin, the Food & Beverage Duty Manager for his team’s great efforts.

MMU is leading the sector in incorporating sustainability into courses and there were awards under the banner ‘Learning for a Sustainable Future’.

‘Learning for a Sustainable Future’ Awards

Gold: ‘Slow Fashion’ (Amanda Langdon) – Advertising Management (Angela Byrne) – Environmental Management (Kosta Tzoulas) – Met Munch (Haleh Moravej) – Dept of Management (Mike Bull).

Silver: ‘MMU Responsible Tourism’ (Chris Stone)

Bronze: ‘Primary Education’ (Ben Sedman)

Workbook Awards

The highest award – the infamous ‘Order of the Gold Bin’ was won this year by the John Dalton Learning & Teaching Group.

Gold awards:  Project Office Didsbury, Cake Appreciation Society, Golden GITS, Green Team and Recruitment & Admissions.

Silver: HR Green Team, School of Art Admin, Mechanical & Materials Science, Pantone 361 (MCD), Nursing, Crewe Library, Didsbury Library, Duende Verde.

Bronze: Campus & Residential HoDs, IDEA, Chemistry Technicians, Student Admin, STEM North West, Step Up to Green Impact, Green Ladies and CELT.

New teams this year included MCD and the IDEA office in HLSS and among the individual highlights was the Didsbury Library team, who grew mint in planters and used it to make mojitos amongst other things!

Summer Challenge

This summer’s GI challenge is to make your own bag to replace your plastic ones. For advice on that, contact GI coordinator Ryan Waugh (

Photos from the awards ceremony are on the Environment Team flickr page


1:45pm Thursday, 31st July 2014