Now in their 13th year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK and Ireland. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the tertiary education sector.
The 113 finalists represent 1.5 million students and nearly a quarter of a million staff leading the way with their commitment to the global Sustainability Development Goals.
Having been a leading participant in the United Nations negotiations to develop 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the UK and Ireland must fulfil its commitment to deliver the Goals. For this to happen, it is clear from the hundreds of applicants to the Green Gown Awards that the Government must invest more in the solutions being developed in our Higher and Further Education institutes. They are leading the way as agents of change within our communities at home and abroad. This year, we asked each Finalist to identify up to four Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which reflect their project. You can find these goals alongside each Finalist listing.
Between the Finalists, the projects touch on every department and permeate across the whole curriculum. They are conducted by students, staff, academics, external stakeholders and can be found across the UK and Ireland.
Here they share their inspirational examples of sustainability best practice, together with some words of advice and encouragement on lessons learnt along the way when implementing their projects. We hope many will be inspired and motivated by these sustainability projects.
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Tom Parkes Environmental Manager
Just the VEGANning
Enactus Nottingham - Foodprint
Ditching the disposable for...The Loughborough Cup… Another inspiring winner!
UWE Bristol – Together in electric dreams
University of Birmingham trials Unigreen Schemes resale service and in one year diverts 27,500kg into reuse and saves £45,000
Greening our printing
Driving towards a sustainable fleet
Closing the waste loop
MDX goes green
Maintaining the green. Living the sporting dream
Team entrepreneurship – students building sustainable businesses
Project Baala: A real solution not insanitary - student led social impact
Enactus Nottingham – creating business, transforming lives
Kenya Jiko Stove
CommUNITY meet and eat
Enactus Cardiff - realising your business potential