Now in their 14th 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.
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.
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.
Glasgow Kelvin Velocity: The wheels of sustainability
Living the green and not just a dream
Our Shared City Move-Out Campaign
Our future with clean air: ClairCity citizen-led air pollution reduction in cities
Leeds Living Lab: Where knowledge grows
Seawater greenhouse technology enables drought-proof agriculture
On-line Certificate: Sustainable Development and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act
Fashion and sustainability: Understanding luxury fashion in a changing world
BEST learning for next generation sustainability
Embedding sustainability in the global nursing curriculum
Sustainable futures through online learning
Looking for those that care
Green Growth Platform - connect, innovate, grow
Project 36 – Nepal
Light up your life: Liter of Light Nigeria
Prosper Social Finance
Stu Brew - Europe’s first student-run microbrewery