Finalists announced for the 2020 Green Gown Awards

74 applicants have been shortlisted across 12 categories, each praised by Green Gown organisers for ‘leading the way with their commitment to the global sustainability agenda’

This year’s finalists have been announced for the annual celebration of all things sustainable in higher and further education, the Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland.

Seventy-four applicants made the final cut, each selected by event organisers for ‘leading the way with their commitment to the global sustainability agenda, and proving the value that universities and colleges bring to the economy and society’.

Awards will be given across 12 categories, including campus of the future, next generation learning and skills, 2030 climate action and – the blue riband title – sustainability institution of the year.

Back in April, at the height of lockdown, the nomination deadline for the 2020 Green Gown Awards was extended until September.

“It’s safe to say everything has turned upside down this year,” said Iain Patton, CEO of the Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC), which established the Green Gown Awards in 2004.

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“But what is remarkable is the pure determination and resilience shown by our sector,” he added. “Receiving so many applications from our sustainability communities in this challenging year – and reading their inspiring projects – is truly heart-warming in these uncertain times and builds hope for a green recovery and more sustainable future.”

The award nominees are drawn from 45 institutions, representing more than 850,000 students and 130,000 staff.

“Today we announce the finalists, but we also applaud each and every applicant and encourage them to continue on the sustainability path which is now more critical than ever,” said Patton.

Details for the giving of the Green Gown Awards are yet to be confirmed, but organisers are hoping to be able to hold a ceremony in March or April next year.

For a full rundown of all the runners and riders, please click here.

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