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CEO Dr Emma Wilcox to Judge at Green Gown Awards 2017

11 July 2017   (0 Comments)

The CEO of the Society for the Environment, Dr Emma Wilcox, has been selected to be a judge for the 2017 Green Gown Awards. 

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK and Ireland, and are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC). With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the further and higher education sector.

Emma commented, "I am proud to have the opportunity to represent the Society as a judge for awards that recognise innovative sustainability initiatives within the education sector. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the finalists for their achievements so far - and good luck for the awards!"

On the confirmation of Emma joining the judging panel, CEO of the EAUC, Iain Patton, stated, "Reflecting the multi-disciplinary practice of environmental professionals, we are delighted that Dr Emma Wilcox has accepted the invitation to join the panel of 100 Green Gown Award judges this year. With the EAUC’s new strategy to re-position and align sustainability around key institutional priorities and challenges, it is a critical time for the UK post 16 education sector to drive the leadership and innovation we need at this time of change for our institutions, country and planet."

This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ finalists are proving post-16 education is at the forefront of the effort to deliver solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

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.

After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to 113 finalists across 15 categories. These projects range from electric pool cars to music albums dedicated to climate change. They include ambitious zero carbon targets, pioneering new ways to create heat sources from waste and the largest Passivhaus building in the UK.

The finalists represent nearly 1.5 million students and just under a quarter of a million members of staff leading the way with their commitment to the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). 

The list of the 2017 finalists can be viewed on the EAUC website here.

The winners will be announced at the prestigious Green Gown Awards Ceremony taking place at The Monastery, Manchester on 15th November, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester. Book your place here.

To find out how to get involved next year, please contact the EAUC.

The Green Gown Awards are administered by the EAUC and are governed by a cross agency steering group.

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