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Green Gown Awards 2018 - Entry Deadline Looming

25 May 2018   (0 Comments)

The Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of environmental best practice within the further and higher education sectors. The Awards provide the sector with benchmarks for excellence and are respected by Government, funding councils, senior management, academics and students.

Working on sustainability projects in your institution is common practice these days but how do you inspire and motivate your team, management and students to do more? Applying for a Green Gown Award not only motivates those involved but it inspires others in the sector to do more and opens the doors to new opportunities.

BENEFITTING SOCIETY CATEGORY - revised (previously called Community)

As anchor institutions in their communities and cities, universities and colleges benefit society in many ways. This category captures the powerful and innovative ways education institutions are realising their purpose in today’s society to benefit the lives of individuals, communities and wider society. Examples will range from economic, social and environmental impacts with organisations and sectors outside the institution where innovative new approaches to bringing positive benefit can be found. 

Although all applications will be considered on their merits, the judges will particularly be looking for innovative community engagement type of initiatives which have an element of proactive, new, community and social concern and positive impacts, rather than the very worthy and commendable ‘grass roots’ and ‘business as usual’ activities. Amongst others, examples might include how an institution applies and exchanges its student and academic knowledge with communities or partner organisations, how it uses its finances and investments, how it designs and manages its campus - all to demonstrate its values and the positive value it brings to society. A powerful example of such innovative and proactive engagement is the Living Lab approach: establishing projects that draw on students’ curricular work or academic research to address real sustainability challenges in stakeholder partnerships with community bodies.

Activities which have a substantial student element should be submitted to the Student Engagement category. This category replaces the former Community category and the 2 year rule applies.

The Winning entry will automatically be put forward for the International Green Gown Award for Benefitting Society.


We wish to update you on what is new this year and encourage you to apply with one (or several) of your outstanding sustainability projects. You’ve put in all the hard work so why not reward you and your team’s efforts. We have also listened to your feedback and simplified the stage 2/finalist application process, saving you valuable time. Applying for a Green Gown Award this year could not be easier. Entries are free and below and attached is a snapshot of what’s new.  

  • 12 NEW AND REVISED CATEGORIES – making it more relevant to you.
  • 1 SIMPLIFIED APPLICATION FORM – we have eliminated the need to complete a separate case study and marketing form at stage 2. Saving you time.
  • RECOGNISING THOSE WITH LIMITED BUDGETS – small institutions are now measured on annual turnover of £50 million or below. 
  • AND REMEMBER THE TWO-YEAR RULE – submissions from 2016 (and earlier) - if you can provide evidence of further, significant improvement since the last application and this improvement is clearly documented in the application form, then you can re-submit your entry. Remember to address the judges’ feedback.


  • Start YOUR Green Gown Award 2018 entry today.
  • Circulate to other colleagues, individuals and teams who may be interested in applying and deserve the recognition it can bring.
  • All information including FAQs, tips and entry forms can be found on the website.
  • For inspiration, visit the showcase of case studies and videos from past winners, highly commended and finalists freely available on the Sustainability Exchange
  • Got any questions? Then please get in touch. We are here to help.

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