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Green Gown Awards finalists announced

Education proving it is key to achieving the sustainable development goals in UK and Ireland

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | July 05, 2017 | Sustainability

This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ finalists are proving post-16 education is at the forefront of the effort to deliver solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

Having been a leading participant in the United Nations negotiations to develop 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development – the UK must fulfil its commitment to deliver the Goals. For this to happen, it is clear from the hundreds of applicants to the Green Gown Awards that the Government must invest more in the solutions being developed in our Higher and Further Education institutes. They are leading the way as agents of change within our communities at home and abroad.

After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to 113 finalists across 15 categories. These projects range from electric pool cars to music albums dedicated to climate change. They include ambitious zero carbon targets, pioneering new ways to create heat sources from waste and the largest Passivhaus building in the UK.

Every day, tireless environmental and sustainability leaders across the UK and Ireland are driving change and making sustainability just good business 

The finalists represent nearly 1.5 million students and just under a quarter of a million members of staff leading the way with their commitment to the United Nation’s global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

All applicants listed at least one SDG they were delivering. Two thirds (66%) of this year’s finalists - making it the most popular - listed ‘sustainable cities and communities’ as an SDG they are delivering. Meanwhile just under half (46%) are working towards ‘responsible consumption and production’ and one in two put forward projects that improved ‘quality education’.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), said: “With the EAUC’s new strategy to reposition and align sustainability around key institutional priorities and challenges, this year’s Green Gown Award applications reflect the potential of sustainability to solve the sectors most critical problems. Every day, tireless environmental and sustainability leaders across the UK and Ireland are driving change and making sustainability just good business. The Green Gown Awards exist to give them the recognition and platform they need to do even more.”

Winners are announced on 15 November 2017 at The Monastery, Manchester. 

For more information visit www.greengownawards.org and follow us on Twitter @greengowns.

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