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Green Gown Awards 2017

Awarding sustainability excellence

Posted by Charley Rogers | April 25, 2017 | Events

Since 2004, the Green Gown Awards UK and Ireland have been recognising the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. They launched on 24 April 2017.

Working on sustainability projects in your institution is common practice these days, but how do you inspire and motivate your team, management, and students to do more? By applying for an Award, you open up new opportunities. The key benefits of applying:

  • Acknowledge your team's efforts – engaging your staff and students
  • Increase the awareness about your sustainability projects
  • Raise your profile and showcase your sustainability excellence via events, case studies and videos
  • Gain recognition from senior management
  • Obtain UK and international recognition
  • Join a network of exceptional institutions with year-long promotion for your institution
  • And last but not least, re-energise and motivate your sustainability commitment.

All categories are open to any tertiary education establishment – including all post-16 educational institutions such as colleges, universities and learning and skills institutions. Specific categories are also aimed at student applications and 3rd party applications (companies working with institutions). 

And don’t let being small put you off. Judges will have the discretion to award up to 2 winners for each category to distinguish between Colleges and Universities. However, this will only be done when applications are of a high quality and is not mandatory for judges to do so. And the Best Newcomer category is now open to previous applicants who have never been selected as a Finalist. 

With new and revised categories, we are sure there is something there for everyone. For those of you who regularly apply, we hope one of these new categories can tempt you again!

What’s NEW for 2017?

Enterprise and Employability is now split into two separate categories: 

ENTERPRISE: This category recognises social, social media and sustainable enterprise as key ingredients of contemporary education to ensure a supply of education leavers who can rise to the 21st century's economic, environmental and social challenges.

EMPLOYABILITY: This category recognises the essential employability skills required for students when leaving education. Students need to be ready for the sustainability challenges faced by employers and need to have the ability to think and work creatively and flexibly. Employability outcomes are increasingly a key driver in influencing student choice and are of reputational importance. 

And as in previous years, the winners of the International categories will be put forward for an International Award. These categories are; Community, Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change and Student Engagement. 

Stage 1 closes at noon on 7 June 2017

With an array of 15 categories to choose from there is something for everyone! Make this the year YOU apply. The Awards are governed by a cross agency steering group and delivered by the EAUC. Visit the website for a full list of categories and how to enter.  or email 

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