The museum in Loughborough won the community engagement award at the 2018 NUS National Green Impact Awards. The award recognises teams who have engaged people in activities focussed around sustainability.
Cllr Eric Vardy, the Council’s lead member for planning, inward investment and tourism strategy said: “I’d like to congratulate the Charnwood Museum team on the award and for putting on activities which encouraged visitors to think about sustainability.
“The Council cares about the environment and is committed to achieving a sustainable future within our borough. In 2015 we launched a 2020 Carbon Pledge to reduce our carbon footprint by 15 per cent by 2020.”
Charnwood Museum was recognised for its work with local school children who created jewellery out of locally-sourced elder branches. The award also celebrated the team’s effort of measuring how visitors travelled to the museum with a travel poll made from recycled plastic bottles.
Green Impact is a sustainability change and engagement programme managed by the National Union for Students. The programme encourages organisations, staff members and students to make small changes which contribute towards a more sustainable future.
Charnwood Museum attracts over 50,000 visitors a year and is located in Queen’s Park, Loughborough. For information about the museum opening times and events visit: https://www.charnwood.gov.uk/charnwood_museum