The Green Gown Awards, now in their 9th year, recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by tertiary education.
In these changing and challenging times, it is now more important than ever to ensure that sustainability remains high on the sector agenda, and to demonstrate that it can be synergistic with other strategic drivers such as high quality student experiences, new skill requirements, increasing access, and enhanced value for money.
This has been achieved by many of the examples in the finalists' brochure (see below), which are drawn from 216 applications - a 25% increase on 2012. The value tertiary education generates is huge and the Green Gown Awards make a critical contribution to ensuring that value is better recognised.
The Awards continue to have a strong international presence with this being the fourth year of the Australasian Green Gown Awards, and the second year of the “International Green Gown Awards”. These have three categories - Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change, Social Responsibility and Student and Staff Engagement - and involve selecting an overall winner from the two that have been successful in Australasia and the UK. We are delighted to be working with other countries such as France to engage them within the Green Gown Awards family and to be part of the International Green Gown Awards in the future.
In an effort to promote dissemination of good practice, all the 2013 Green Gown winners, highly commended entries and finalists have all been asked to provide a case study and a short video on their projects. These are supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
We congratulate all winners, highly commended entries and finalists and thank you all for sharing your inspiring initiatives.
Continue sharing 2013 excellence by viewing the Winner's Brochure below:
Grow Allot is an exciting initiative created by the City College Plymouth to restore an area of disused ground at its Kings Road site into an allotment style, community garden.
Ian Brown has driven the College’s vision to be a sustainable organisation at the heart of its community; identifying, developing & embedding new environmental schemes...
Clive Wilson is both a leader and engager in equal measure. As a leader Clive initiated Ecoversity, one of the first full institution sustainability programmes in our sector.
The Biodiversity Index is an interactive web-based tool that enables people with little knowledge of ecology to do a rapid but scientific assessment of the level of plant...
The Sunshine Coast TAFE (SCT) has a vision to be a leader in Education for Sustainability (EfS) and Sustainable Operations.
The fresh, fast and local food procurement project The University of York's fresh, fast & local food procurement initiative has resulted in a reduction in food miles...
The Carbon Footprinting in Schools project placed student volunteers into six under-achieving schools in Leicestershire to create a carbon footprint for the school and teach the...
Through interactive events Your Green Future inspires school students with employment opportunities available to them within the green economy. University sustainability...
This course helps students gain the knowledge, skills and capabilities they will need to act as a catalyst to inspire and bring about change towards sustainability.
Humanitarian Sustainability uses Add+Vantage (A+V) employability modules to teach students the importance of applying sustainability concepts in humanitarian response situations.
A sustainable approach pilot to theatre production, using a musical theatre project, which is a core part of the curriculum for 3rd year BA Acting /Theatre Production students.
A student led ESD initiative, reflecting a commitment to offering students opportunities to learn about issues of global importance such as environmental awareness &...
Coventry University’s grounds team have created an interactive campus for fun, learning and research replacing places of traditional planting and bedding .
To meet the University’s target of a 30% carbon reduction, the Catering department analysed its carbon footprint and identified ways to improve environmental performance.
Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) estate comprises over 240 hectares of land across its three campuses, ranging from city centre to farmland.
Manchester Veg People is a multi-stakeholder co-operative of local organic growers and buyers who are working together to develop a new model for the local food supply chain.
GLEE, the University of Bradford’s Student Experience enhancement project that has radically improved the old, inefficient learning environment of the City Campus Library.
The £9.8M Centre for Global Eco-Innovation unites the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool, and Inventya Limited.
LCF students were invited to showcase their design work, which uses plants from the College’s dye garden to colour cloth, at Chelsea Flower Show in May 2013
The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) is an internationally leading academic facility for pioneering pure and applied green and sustainable chemical research.