We are delighted to present the 2019 Winners, Highly Commended and Finalists by sharing their inspiring 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 you will be inspired and motivated by these projects. There were 101 Finalists, representing 55 institutions, split over the 14 categories.
This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ Finalists, representing over 1 million students, 162,000 staff and a combined annual turnover of £15 billion, are leading the way with their commitment to the global sustainability agenda and proving the value that universities and colleges bring to the economy and society.
All emphasise an institution’s role in enabling and empowering young people to tackle pressing global issues to ensure they have a better tomorrow. The Awards provide the sector with benchmarks for excellence and are respected by Government, funding councils, senior management, academics and students. For the third year running, applicants were tasked with outlining how their sustainability projects delivered against the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
49% of this year’s finalists listed ‘quality education’ as an SDG they are delivering against. Meanwhile just under half are working towards ‘responsible consumption and production’ and 41% put forward projects working towards “sustainable cities and communities”. To show the breadth of the impact education has on the delivery of the SDGs, 31% stated they are delivering against the ‘health and well-being’ SDG, one in four delivering “reduced inequalities” and one third delivering against “climate action”.
Between the Winners, Highly Commended and Finalists, the projects touched on every department and permeated across the whole curriculum. They were conducted by students, staff, academics, external stakeholders and can be found all across the UK and Ireland.
These initiatives are a shining example of the power post-16 education possesses and the seriousness with which it takes its responsibility in creating a better world and a new generation of leaders.
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Dr Karen Thompson, Bournemouth University - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Social Mobility Student Success division, King’s College - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Lauren Holmes, University of Chester - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Sam Gibbons, Keele University - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Dr Peter Bradley, University of the West of England - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Sharon Boyd, The University of Edinburgh - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Zulfi Ali, Canterbury Christ Church University - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Megan Youngs, The University of Sussex - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - GenGreen, London College of Fashion, UAL - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Tom Bedford, Keele University - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - James Turner, University of the West of England - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Scott Stephens, Exeter College Technology Centre - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Adam John Proctor, Keele University - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - James Boyd, University of Leicester - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - University of Winchester - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Nottingham Trent University - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Aston University - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - University of Worcester - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - University of the West of England - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - University of Gloucestershire - Finalist
Green Gown Awards - The University of Manchester - Total Reporting
Green Gown Awards 2019 - The University of Edinburgh - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - London School of Economics & Political Science - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - King’s College London - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Keele University - Finalist
Green Gown Awards 2019 - Aston University - Finalist
Green starts: A long term sustainability intern initiative
Passport to Sport
Intergenerational physical activity projects in Care Homes
CL4Ss action for climate change
Small but mighty - University of Worcester punches above its weight
System change not snake oil - the university with real ‘value for many’
To sustainable Aston and beyond!
Strathclyde’s Global Student - using Vertically Integrated Projects to make a difference through ‘useful learning’
Students ‘give it some welly’ with community conservation projects!
Engage for Change - empowering students to lead positive sustainability action
LSE Funds the future - the Sustainable Projects Fund
Weigh to Go - cutting plastic through the zero-waste shop at Keele SU
GCU_SmartTravel - sustainable travel advice for commuters
Project Plastic - putting planet before profit
Plant Your Plastics - City Goes Green
Evolving a Student Green Office
The Jo Love Soccer School
Reaching further in LiFE: Making personal finance accessible
Doing it the Chester Way - Championing sustainable Palm Oil
Good food: Promoting healthy, sustainable and affordable food
Conscious food choices for sustainable living
Think Before You Drink (Ystyried Cyn Yfed)
Opening a plant-based cafι at King’s
Reverse vending at Heriot-Watt University: a pioneering Deposit Return Scheme
Putting planet before profit
Chilly's - helping you stay hydrated while you are educated!
West Lothian College: Men into childcare/ forest classroom
Climate Ready Clyde - a partnership for a climate resilient city region
Caring Cups for the Chester community
ScienceX - taking science to new audiences
SEE Change - delivering Social, Economic and Environmental benefits by being an anchor in the community
Student Law Office - facilitating access to justice in the North East
Food + Wood
Za’atari - living our future now
Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele - ‘CLOCK’-ing up 9,000 volunteering hours to provide access to justice to 4,000 people
Transforming Life Behind Bars
Biodiversity refreshes a campus naturally
#PassingPositivity Mental Health United
Three gardens - one lasting vision
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Towards a healthy and well-thought consumption for life Our proposal is based on the motivation and the will of students to be more eco-responsible, and their wish of saving...
VUW Sustainability Week: Learn to Live Sustainably In May, students at Victoria University of Wellington hosted the university’s first ever ‘Sustainability...
#ThankGoodnessIt’sFunded: The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Berkeley The Green Initiative Fund, also known as TGIF, is UC Berkeley’s campus green fund....
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Chiba University Student Committee for Environmental Management Systems - Sustainability activities conducted by students in cooperation with companies The Chiba University...
Adopt a River Initiative Project Engaging students both at secondary and tertiary level is crucial to achieving ESD policies at all level from local to intentional level....
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Girls Paint Africa Green Girls Paint Africa Green (GPAG) is a non-profit African Hub of young girls. Females in general with male support united primarily to embark on...
Global Citizenship: Fostering inclusion and self-efficacy The Intercultural Centre, run by the School of Global Access, provides training, workshops, community volunteerism,...
Delivering Positive Impact for Society – The University of Edinburgh The launch of the University of Edinburgh’s Strategic Plan in 2016, signaled its intention to...
ISA 14001 program and Green Grown Campus : 8th year ISO14001 certification and v-2015 update for ISA Lille Green Grown Campus: all together, students, staff and stakeholders...
Ready for Life and Work – an evolution of sustainability at RMIT 2017 marked the 130-year anniversary of the founding of RMIT University, this provided a great...
EAFIT campus: A park in the city transforming our learning and working environment The “University Park” project emerged in EAFIT in 2004 as part of the master...
Vision 2020 Sustainability Strategy Vision 2020 is McGill University’s sustainability strategy. It encompasses one vision, five categories and broad goals, set with the...
Co-creating Sustainability on Campus: Collaborative Scheme of Faculty, Staff and Students through Actions Triggered by Sustainable Campus Assessment System Sustainable Campus...
Meritorious Blue (Benemérita Azul) - On the way to sustainable University The BUAP has a building in an area called Valsequillo - Puebla where it was institutionalized...
Rethinking Rehabilitation - Connecting Communities through Craft Rethinking Rehabilitation- Connecting Communities though Craft - an inspiring collaboration which introduced...
Turnaround – 360 degrees different A collaboration between Adult Learning and a Third Sector organisation with specialist skills and experience to support individuals...
GEM Refugee Grant Program – It takes a community! Working together for integration and access to higher education Since 2015, Grenoble Ecole de Management has...
Community connections impact change - why the Victoria Plus Programme drives the difference Making the most of the university experience often requires students to step...
Intensive Summer: Strengthening university commitment The main objective of the "Intensive Summer" project is to generate an impact social intervention with...
Aquatic Science Student Association: Towards Zero Waste – Feel and Heal “Towards Zero Waste – Feel and Heal” project is designed to create awareness...
Innovating for Sustainability In partnership with Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Alberta and University of New Mexico Our team...
Daffodil Eco-friendly Agro Support Centre, Bangladesh Vehicle exhaust is a major source of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) and the main emission sources of air pollution...