Sport & Exercise


Sport & Exercise Meets Gold Goals for Sustainability

We are pleased to share that we have once again been recognised with a Gold in the University’s Sustainability Awards.

This year our ambitious project saw us replace harmful chemical cleaning products with environmentally alternatives from Innuscience.

Eco-friendly alternatives are important for both the sustainability of our business and the planet. It’s fantastic that our work in these areas has been recognised by the Department of Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

George WhittakerCleaning Supervisor

The team found great success with the introduction of InnuScience cleaning products into their Pleasance Sports Complex & Gym facilities. The extent to which the project had a positive impact on the staff, ecological impact and finances of the gym was impressive.

Social Responsibility and Sustainability DepartmentAward organisers

Benefits included reduced plastic waste – one bottle of Innuscience cleaner replaced 180 of the competitor product, the prevention of toxic chemicals entering the sewage system and increased staff wellbeing. The project was delivered in partnership with the Estates Department, headed by Cleaning Supervisor George Whittaker.

The new products have made a huge difference to my working experience. I am now able to work without having to wear protective clothing, including face masks. These products have absolutely changed my wellbeing at work, I am much more comfortable now being able to work unrestricted. These products have also made my nightly tasks easier and as a team we are all delighted to have been the first team in the University to trial these products.

Steve McLarenNightshift Deep Cleaner

The successful trial has led to the rest of the Central Area campus embracing these environmentally friendly alternatives and opting for Innuscience as their cleaning supplier.

Sport & Exercise is particularly pleased to renew their Gold classification, having originally reached the level last year with a Pedometer Challenge for various University departments which encouraged wellbeing and active travel. This project was also a recipient of a further ‘Special Award’ at last year’s awards ceremony.