Green Gown Awards 2019: Edinburgh University leads with seven nominations

Keele University comes second with six nods in total

The University of Edinburgh has seven Green Gown Awards nominations, the most of any provider.

Dave Gorman, director of the department for social responsibility and sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, said: “I am delighted to see the work of University of Edinburgh staff and students being recognised at a national level through the seven Green Gown Award nominations.

“It demonstrates the university’s dedication to tackling the climate emergency and embedding sustainability in our research, teaching and operations.”

The Green Gown Awards were founded in 2004 by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and recognise achievements in sustainability at universities and colleges across the UK and Ireland. This year, 101 finalists were recognised in 14 categories.


Edinburgh was recognised in the following categories:

  1. Benefitting Society for its Digital Ambassadors programme which helps members of the community improve their digital literacy
  2. Campus Health, Food and Drink for its Good Food policy, which promotes healthy, sustainable and affordable food
  3. Money for Good for its work supporting social enterprises through £1.5 million of investments
  4. Next Generation Learning and Skills for Student Pathways, a co-curricular learning scheme
  5. Research with Impact for working on the OPERAs Project – a five-year European research project
  6. Total Reporting for integrated reporting in its annual report
  7. Sustainability Staff Champion for Sharon Boyd, a lecturer in distance learning, who made sustainability part of teaching at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies.

Keele University coming second with six and was recognised for its zero-waste shop, its sustainability reporting and a new interactive online map.

Prof Mark Ormerod, Keele’s deputy vice-chancellor, provost and institutional lead for sustainability, said: “Sustainability is a key institutional priority for Keele, and to have been shortlisted for so many awards shows the breadth of our sustainability activities and our determination to embed sustainability in everything we do at Keele.”

The University of the West of England has been nominated for five awards, and Chester, Aston and the London College of Fashion were nominated for four each.

The winners of the 2019 awards will be announced on November 26 at Glasgow Science Centre.


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