The organisers of the Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland 2020 have announced a new timeline in response to the coronavirus lockdown.
The Green Gowns are annual sustainability awards which have recognised exceptional initiatives in higher and further education institutions across the UK and Ireland since 2004.
“We appreciate these are unprecedented times and we have carefully considered the options for this year’s Green Gown Awards which launched on 1 April,” said Helen Exton, event director at the Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC), which administers the awards.
“We believe that institutions should still have the chance to be recognised for their excellent efforts and we feel that applying for an Award could be a positive activity to help them come together with their virtual teams. It also offers a glimmer of hope, in these ever-changing days, with an opportunity for a much welcomed celebration with peers at a later date.
“With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 Green Gown Awards are now extended until 9 September 2020. With many colleagues being furloughed, we have opted to extend the Green Gown Awards application process with later deadlines and a March 2021 Awards Ceremony. We hope that as many universities and colleges will be encouraged to apply and have the necessary time to do so.”
Green Gown Awards: The new dates
Awards launched: 1 April
Stage 1 closes: 9 September
Finalists announced: 12 October
Stage 2 closes: 7 December
Awards Ceremony: mid-March 2021 (date/venue to be confirmed)
Last year, The University of Worcester won the title of most sustainable institution of the year at the ceremony in Glasgow.