Highbury College has been nominated for an award which recognises its green credentials.
The Portsmouth based College was one of three organisation to receive the nod from the Hampshire Business Awards selection committee.
The Blake Lapthorn Sustainability Award acknowledges organisations that have shown a strong commitment to sustainable behaviour and practices, and delivered measurable improvements on their environmental impact.
Nominated with Highbury are fellow educators the University of Winchester and Rapanui, a clothing company who use sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.
Manoj Styche-Patel, Head of Blake Lapthorn's Corporate department, said: "Sustainability plays a vital role in today's business environment and continues to become increasingly important.
"All of the entrants in these awards are of a particularly high calibre reflecting the position businesses in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have at the forefront of sustainability in the UK."
Highbury made the final three by demonstrating a college-wide commitment to sustainability.
Since 2007 the College has incorporated sustainable building practices and materials when developing its centres across Portsmouth.
Highbury Campus in Cosham, which opened in 2009, was built on a brownfield site to reduce the impact on the local eco system.
Local contractors were used to reduce the impact of transport and sustainable materials (including FSC timber and Marmoleum flooring) were incorporated into the build where possible.
Significant investment has been made in green technology throughout the College and the new campus includes one of the largest ground source heat pumps in the UK, 500 square metres of photovoltaic cells and a motorised brise soleil for passive heating and cooling.
Jonathan Cox, Executive Director Finance & Corporate Services, Highbury College, said: "A commitment to the issue of sustainability is at the heart of what we do. We maintain close monitoring of energy use, waste and recycling on a monthly and yearly basis, and set ourselves challenging targets. We have made significant savings in the last two years, which will enable us to invest more in educational achievement for the people of Portsmouth and beyond.
"An exciting new development for us is the introduction of environmental skills training in collaboration with the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies. We are also seeking to increase student and staff involvement and have launched an annual Sustainability Fair and a Green Champions initiative to promote environmental awareness across the College."
Highbury has also developed a travel plan, which includes a bike scheme and travel passes for students. In May, Highbury came first in the extra-large business category of the Portsmouth Big Green Commuter Challenge.
The Hampshire Business Awards are being held in association with the Confederation of British Industry. The annual competition provides a showcase for businesses in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
This year's Awards will reveal Hampshire’s most exceptional businesses across four categories: The KPMG Company of the Year; the Royal Bank of Scotland Management Team of the Year; the University of Southampton Technical Innovation Award; and the Blake Lapthorn Sustainability Award.
The winners will be announced at an awards dinner to be held at the INTECH Science Centre & Planetarium on 11 October.
For more information on Highbury’s sustainability credentials visit www.highbury.ac.uk.