Green Gown Awards finalists announced

The Green Gown Awards have recognised 93 winners, 553 finalists and 1,412 applicants. Who will be crowned the 100th winner?

With 102 motivational and inspiring sustainability projects representing 62 educational institutions across the UK – with a combined population of 1,076,734 students – the EAUC has announced the Green Gown Awards’ Finalists 2014 – all vying for the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the tertiary education sector.

Now in their 10th year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK.

2014 has proven to be another excellent year for applications to the awards. With 180 applications received across 14 categories, there were some clear category favourites. The top three categories representing 40% of the overall applications were; student engagement (19%), carbon reduction (11%) and courses and learning (10%). Interestingly there has been a surge of applications from Scotland – up by 136% and representing 14% of the submissions. A further 84% of the applications represent HE and 16% represent FE.

The newly introduced “Leadership Award” – sponsored by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education – is exclusive to senior strategic leadership at a tertiary education institution and recognises individuals at the most senior level in institutions and those operating alongside them in senior leadership team positions including institutional governance. Nominees are put forward by their peers and we are delighted that together with the “Sustainability Champion Award” these two awards recognise unique individuals who are shaping the future of sustainability. 

“It is fantastic to see more institutions than ever being finalists – the strength and quality of applications is truly inspiring. The breadth of activity within the sector shows that sustainability really does bring positive impacts, both on the institution, their staff and students and the wider community. These finalists are proof that where institutions take sustainability seriously they are reaping the benefits,” said Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC.

Stage one applications for the awards closed in June and a judging panel, consisting of over 80 representatives from the diversity of the tertiary education sector and experts in the various fields, provided a shortlist of entrants – the finalists. These finalists are now asked to submit their Stage 2 applications with a deadline in September. The winners will be announced at the Green Gown Awards’ Ceremony to be held at Whitworth Hall, The University of Manchester on Monday 3 November 2014. 

The Green Gown Awards provide universities, colleges and the learning and skills sector with benchmarks for excellence and are well respected by governments, funding councils, senior managers, academics and students alike. The on-going popularity of the Green Gown Awards in the UK, which are administered by the EAUC and governed by a cross agency steering group, is further enhanced by its international presence: The Australasian Green Gown Awards have been established since 2010 and are run by Australasia Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). The International Green Gown Awards will see the UK winners from the “Continuous Improvement”, “Social Responsibility” and “Student Engagement” categories going head-to-head with the winners from Australasia. The International winners will be announced at the ACTS Annual Conference, taking place at the University of Tasmania on 6 November 2014.

Sharing excellence with over 160+ inspiring case studies and videos from previous winners

As the ethos of the Green Gown Awards is to ensure the lessons and examples of good practice within the tertiary education sector are shared and replicated in other institutions or can serve as an encouragement to others to initiate new projects, a library of case studies and videos from previous Green Gown finalists is widely promoted and offers a wealth of motivational resources.

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As has become customary, the EAUC will be holding this year’s awards’ ceremony in a sector venue – the stunning Whitworth Hall, located at the heart of The University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus. It is situated within the neo-Gothic Whitworth Building, regarded as the most prestigious of university buildings, where graduation ceremonies and all high profile dinners and events are hosted. 

It is a listed building but despite its age and grandeur, the University has worked hard to bring it in line with its sustainability policy and is credited as being one of the first institutions to install fully recyclable LED lighting into a listed building back in 2009. This has reduced the lighting bill for the building by almost 50%.

‘Social responsibility and sustainability are part of only three core goals we have at Manchester, sitting equally alongside our commitment to world-class research and outstanding learning. Building on the recognition we have received through the EAUC Green Gown awards in recent years, we are delighted to be hosting colleagues from the tertiary education sector for this prominent annual event in the higher and further education calendar,” said Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester.

Green Gown Awards 2014 Finalists:

Best Newcomer Finalists

Ayrshire College – Award winning partnership working in the great outdoors
Dundee and Angus College – Dedicated to raising awareness. Aspiring to reduce emissions
Glasgow Caledonian University – reCYCLE: a Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy project
Goldsmiths, University of London – Catching the carbon culprits; energy, lights, heat
Uxbridge College – E-Collegey at Uxbridge College

Carbon Reduction Finalists

Bournemouth University – BU CMP: achieving an absolute reduction in the context of strong growth
Coleg Gwent – The College ‘Eco’ Footprint
Lancaster University – Using Lancaster’s best free resource – Lancaster University wind turbine
Newcastle University – Newcastle University go smarter to work: Shifting attitudes and behaviour towards sustainable travel
University of Oxford – Oxford University Bodleian Libraries team read between the lines looking for £100,000
University of Reading – Delivering science lab safety and comfort sustainably
University of Salford – State of the art carbon savings
University of Salford – Creating a carbon saving case study on campus

Construction and Refurbishment Finalists

Coleg Gwent – The BGLZ Campus
Durham University – Durham Business School
Nottingham Trent University – A seamless transition between old and new
University of East Anglia – The Julian Study Centre
University of Edinburgh – Transformation of Edinburgh’s Old High School into an award-winning, low carbon hub
University of Exeter – Revolving Green Fund turns Cornwall House on its head
University of Portsmouth – The University of Portsmouth Data Centre
University of Worcester – Historical building with a celebrated past providing new inspiration and outstanding accommodation

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change Finalists

Aston University – Aston Go Green
Ball State University – From the ground-up: a whole-systems approach to institutional change
Blackpool and The Fylde College – Involvement, understanding and passion – Blackpool and The Fylde College’s journey to sustainability
Keele University – Greening Keele through hearts and minds: making sustainability part of all activity
London School of Economics – LSE: sustainability embedded
Loughborough University – Loughborough’s Environmental Decathlon – embedding environmental management through competitiveness
University of Edinburgh – Understanding our impact on the world – becoming a socially responsible university
University of Gloucestershire – The map is not the territory: from strategy to reality at the University of Gloucestershire
University of Strathclyde – Sustainable Strathclyde; a slow but sustainable success journey

The winner of this category will go forward to the International Green Gown Awards

Courses and Learning Finalists

Aston University – The Aston MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability – developing responsible leaders of tomorrow
Cranfield University – Framework for a sustainable future: integrating technology, environment and management in policy-making
Dumfries and Galloway College – Linking environmental issues to the care curriculum
Nottingham Trent University – Food for thought – sustainability in practice
Plymouth University – Nursing sustainability by design: embedding healthcare sustainability in curricula through interdisciplinary learning
South Devon College – South West Energy Centre, training for a bright future in the Low Carbon Sector
The University of Nottingham – Driving for change with an Open Online Course: Sustainability, society and you
University of Edinburgh – Geoscience Outreach: A sustainable course for sustainable learning and enterprise
University of the Arts London – London College of Fashion: Weaving sustainability through flexible learning fashion courses
University of the West of Scotland – Using Green Impact as a learning tool to embed sustainability into teaching
University of Worcester – Tree huggers, liars and economic collapse? The challenge of sustainability

Enterprise Finalists

Coventry University – ReFreshed UnLtd – from counterfeit to classroom
Plymouth University – The Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise
University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union – Empowering students for sustainability through social enterprise at the University of Gloucestershire
University of the Arts London – Nike Making Project
University of Worcester – Our space your place – developing sustainable graduate enterprises

Facilities and Services Finalists

Sheffield College – The Green Trail
South Coast Affinity Group – SCAG – Not just a ‘rubbish’ acronym; but a partnership made in heaven
University of Dundee -The 4 R’s of resources
University of Leeds – Sustainable Garden at the University of Leeds
University of Strathclyde – Embedding highly segregated waste collections while avoiding a riot
University of the West of Scotland – UWS Community Gardens providing living laboratories, social event space and community engagement
University of Worcester – Bike Loan – mass bike hire on a shoestring

Food and Drink Finalists

Plymouth University – Local. Sustainable. Fresh
South Devon College – FUNDamental Food – Smart use of bursary funds
The University of Manchester – Largest university joins co-operative to help small local organic food producers
University of Brighton – Field to fork, bringing the veg back home
University of Edinburgh – University of Edinburgh’s vision for sustainable food
University of Gloucestershire – Catering with a conscience
Roehampton Students’ Union & University of Roehampton – Growhampton

Research and Development Finalists

Cranfield University – The Nano Membrane Toilet: a toilet for everyone without water or energy
Queen’s University Belfast – Saving millions of lives by enhancing the solar disinfection of water (SODIS)
University of Cambridge – A platform for research and action: The Living Laboratory for Sustainability
University of Huddersfield – Saving the Forest – community enterprise development in SW Ethiopia
University of the Arts London – London College of Fashion: Local Wisdom and Craft of Use Project
University of The West of England – Developing the CIPS Sustainability Index (CSI)

Social Responsibility Finalists

Hull College – East Hull Voids transform lives
Keele University Student’s Union – KeeleSU fashion show: Sustainable fashion
Newcastle University – The big clear out!
The University of Liverpool Guild of Students – Students championing sustainability outreach, with the Green Schools project
The University of Manchester – The Works – The University of Manchester’s Local Employment and Skills Centres
University of Aberdeen – Project SEARCH Aberdeen
University of Salford – The Salford Institute for Dementia and becoming a Dementia Friendly University
University of the Arts London – London College of Fashion: Crafting partnership with St Joseph’s Hospice
University of Worcester – Your Green Future – new opportunities in a changing world

The winner of this category will go forward to the International Green Gown Awards

Student Engagement Finalists

Blackpool and The Fylde College – Turbulent times create inquisitive minds
City University London – Green Dragons
De Montfort University – DMU Square Mile
Manchester Metropolitan University – Met MUnch
Redbridge Institute of Adult Education – Inside Outside Sculpture Trail and EcoGarden
University of Bradford – Our Green Energy Challenge
University of Central Lancashire Students’ Union – Sally the Slug – innovative strategies for student and staff engagement
University of Chester – How to turn the tap off with a trashion show!
University of Exeter Students’ Guild – Students’ Green Unit: students shaping sustainability through behavioural change

The winner of this category will go forward to the International Green Gown Awards Student Engagement Finalists

Technical Innovation for Sustainability Finalists

De Montfort University – SmartSpaces – putting the smile into energy and water saving
University of Worcester Students’ Union – ENERGIZE WORCESTER – students drive energy efficiency in their homes and beyond
University of Cambridge – ‘Of Engineers and Occupants’ – Energy efficiency through innovative ventilation control
University of East Anglia – Building a demand-side power station
University of the Arts London – Not too many irons in the fire

Leadership Finalists

Professor Patrick Bailey – Dean of Natural Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor (Environment & Sustainability), Keele University
Professor John Brooks – Vice Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Daniella Tilbury – Dean of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire
Professor James Longhurst – Assistant Vice Chancellor, Environment and Sustainability, University of the West of England

Sustainability Champion Finalists

Ian Rowe – Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Coleg Gwent
Keith Holmes – Facilities Manager, School of Art and Design, Coventry University
Shane Foster – Head of SchooL, Construction and Green Energy Skills, Hull College
Jonathan Cresswell – Assistant College Manager, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter
Roisin Lyle-Collins – GUEST (Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team) coordinator, University of Glasgow
Emily Rye – Environmental Coordinator, University of Huddersfield
Diana Baker – Student (BSc Environmental Management), University of Salford
Rachel Clowes – Embroidery Technician, University of the Arts London
Joel Cardinal – Head of Energy and Sustainability, University of Warwick

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