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Green Gown Awards finalists announced

Eighty-five sustainability projects representing 51 educational institutions, the EAUC announces 2015 Green Gown Awards’ finalists

Now in their eleventh year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK. With sustainable development moving up the global agenda, the awards are now established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence within the tertiary education sector, as well as the environmental sector.  

2015 has proven to be another excellent year for applications to the Awards. With 157 applications received across 14 categories, there were some clear category favourites. The top three categories representing 43% of the overall applications were; Student Engagement (17%), Facilities and Services (14%) and Carbon Reduction (12%).

Once again we have seen a large interest from Scotland – representing 13% of the submissions with Wales a close runner up at 12%. 89% of the applications represent higher education and 11% represent further education. 

ABOVE: EAUC Chief Executive, Iain Patton

“Every year the Green Gown Awards rewrite what business as usual looks like for UK universities and colleges,” said Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC). 

He added: “Sustainability makes business sense and this year’s inspiring initiatives prove that sustainability benefits staff, students, the wider community and of course the bottom line. Congratulations to all the finalists for their hard work and we look forward to celebrating their successes.”  

The 2015 finalists:

Best Newcomer Finalists

  • Coleg Sir Gâr – ‘Green FE in Green HE’ – a dual sector Group approach
  • Fife College – The Green Vented Hairdressing Salon
  • Southend Adult Community College – Southend on ‘Seen to be Green’
  • South-West College – Let’s Green SWC
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David – INSPIRE@UWTSD – an institutional approach to delivering sustainability through our culture, curricula, campuses and community


Built Environment Finalists

  • Nottingham Trent University – To be green or not to be green, that is the question
  • University of Bradford – Bright Building – The world’s most sustainable building in the education sector
  • University of Brighton – The Brighton Waste House
  • University of East Anglia – Modelling sustainability through intelligent design at UEA


Carbon Reduction Finalists

  • Coventry University – Carbon Challenge
  • Dundee and Angus College – Reducing Carbon CO² –  it’s in our D&A
  • Edinburgh College – Cracking Carbon at Edinburgh College
  • Heriot-Watt University – Leading Lights! A cost-effective approach to LED street lighting in a campus setting
  • London Metropolitan University – Proud to be EnviroMET – smashing carbon reduction targets at London Metropolitan University
  • Oxford Brookes University – Creating a Low Carbon Oxford
  • The University of Nottingham – NOTT Carbon!
  • University of Warwick – University of Warwick One (Carbon) Step ahead



Community Innovation Finalists

  • De Montfort University – OASYS South Asia – solar energy providing opportunities to off-grid rural communities
  • Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester – Zero Waste – ‘Give it, Don’t bin it!’
  • Plymouth University – Restoring Drake’s Place as a Community Space
  • University of Leeds – Becoming Positive Partners in Society; Sustainability Service and Leeds University Union Partnership Initiative
  • University of the Arts London -Creative Collaborations//Design+Make


Continuous Improvement Finalists

  • Durham University – Greenspace – branding the message ‘Every small step leads to big change’
  • North Warwickshire and Hinckley College – An all-round approach to sustainability
  • University of Brighton – Institutional ‘c-change’ for sustainability
  • University of Reading – Reading, Steady, Green
  • University of the Arts London – Building the big picture through collage: London College of Fashion’s Learning, Teaching and Research journey


Enterprise and Employability Finalists

  • Coventry University – Innovations in helping staff and students start up and develop social enterprises
  • King’s College London – Kings of Commerce: employability for a sustainable Eco-nomy
  • London South Bank University – How Bad are Bananas? The Great Carbon Footprint Game
  • The University of Nottingham – Enactus Nottingham
  • University of Brighton – Green Growth Platform



Facilities and Services Finalists

  • Edinburgh College – eCar Project – Taking the plunge with electric pool cars
  • Emory University (USA) – The WaterHub – Emory University’s Innovative Leadership in Water Reuse
  • The University of Nottingham – Helium – Lost in Space
  • University College London – Campus Logistics – from Strategy to Service
  • University of Dundee – Greening our F(l)eet
  • University of Edinburgh – Sustainable laboratories – sharing best practice through peer learning
  • University of Liverpool – Tackling water scarcity with a tidal wave of efficiencies
  • University of Reading – Greenlands Clean Conscience
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Modern Meetings @ UWTSD



Food and Drink Finalists

  • Aberystwyth University – O’r Pridd I’r Plât (from Farm to Fork)
  • Lancaster University and Lancaster University Students Union – Grow it, eat it, live it! – health, sustainability and culture of food at Lancaster University
  • University of Brighton – ‘Love Food Hate Waste’: Brighton
  • University of Reading – Making Beer Green
  • University of the Arts London – Food for Life, University of the Arts London
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Food for Thought – Our Sustainable Approach



Leadership Award Finalists

  • Professor Frances Corner, University of the Arts London
  • Dr Jane Davidson, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Professor Jeremy Sanders, University of Cambridge


Learning and Skills Finalists

  • Canterbury Christ Church University – The Futures Initiative:  Our deep-rooted education commitment to the Rio 20+ Global Sustainability Goals: from seeds to roots
  • South Devon College – South West Energy Centre, providing training and support for a bright future in the Low Carbon Sector
  • University of Leeds – Joining forces to Create Sustainable Futures
  • University of the West of England – ‘Raising the baseline’
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Advocacy in the Anthropocene
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David – An Inspired Education


Research and Development Finalists

  • Lancaster University – Centre for Global Eco-Innovation develops eco-innovative products, processes and services
  • The University of Nottingham – Creative Energy Homes: Low-Energy and Zero-Carbon Housing – a living test-site for energy efficient technologies
  • University of Cambridge – LEDing the way to greener plant growth
  • University of Salford – Clever Classrooms in Sustainable Schools
  • University of the Arts London – Grow a Garment


Student Engagement Finalists

  • Bristol SU – Learn Act Engage Create: a four-step approach to embedding sustainability into the student experience
  • Edinburgh College – Edinburgh College Community Gardens and Orchards
  • Liverpool Guild of Students – Students Lead with a Buzz
  • The Students’ Union of the University of Central Lancashire – Small Acorns to Large Oaks – Small Scale Student led Sustainability Projects as a Catalyst for Change
  • University of Bradford Union of Students – Cycling 4 All: The Veg Out Patch
  • University of Bristol and University of the West of England – Student Capital: Green Capital: Unleashing the power of Bristol Students
  • University of Edinburgh – Inspiring student-led action in social responsibility and sustainability
  • University of St Andrews – Transition University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling & University of Stirling Students’ Union – The Green + Blue Space: The University of Stirling’s Environmental Heart



Sustainability Champion Award – Staff Finalists

  • Luci Attala, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Gwenllian Beynon, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Vincent Montag, Goldsmiths, University of London



Sustainability Champion Award – Student Finalists

  • Anja Fischenich, London South Bank University
  • Charlotte Rebekah Instone, University of the Arts London
  • Margaret Jennings, Goldsmiths, University of London



Sustainability Professional Award Finalists

  • Serena Bacuzzi, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
  • Katy Boom, University of Worcester
  • David Chapman, University of Warwick
  • Martin Farley, King’s College London
  • Nicola Hogan, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr Aled Jones, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Alex Metcalfe, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Peter Rands, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Dr Rosemary Willatt, University of the Arts London

The winners will be announced at the Green Gown Awards ceremony in November, which, this year, takes place in Bristol. 

W: www.greengownawards.org.uk