2014 Finalists

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With 102 motivational and inspiring sustainability projects representing 62 educational institutions across the UK – with a combined student population of 1,076,734 students - the EAUC is delighted and proud to announce the Green Gown Awards’ Finalists 2014 - all vying for the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the tertiary education sector.

“It is fantastic to see more institutions than ever being finalists – the strength and quality of applications is truly inspiring. The breadth of activity within the sector shows that sustainability really does bring positive impacts, both on the institution, their staff and students and the wider community. These finalists are proof that where institutions take sustainability seriously they are reaping the benefits.” says Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC.

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A fitting Awards Ceremony venue

As has become customary, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding the Awards’ Ceremony in a sector venue - the stunning Whitworth Hall, located at the heart of The University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus. It is situated within the neo-Gothic Whitworth Building, regarded as the most prestigious of University buildings, where University graduation ceremonies and all high profile dinners and events are hosted.


Best Newcomer Finalists

  • Ayrshire College - Award winning partnership working in the great outdoors
  • Dundee and Angus College - Dedicated to raising awareness. Aspiring to reduce emissions
  • Glasgow Caledonian University - reCYCLE: a Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy project
  • Goldsmiths, University of London -  Catching the carbon culprits; energy, lights, heat
  • Uxbridge College - E-Collegey at Uxbridge College

Carbon Reduction Finalists

  • Bournemouth University - BU CMP: achieving an absolute reduction in the context of strong growth
  • Coleg Gwent - The College ‘Eco’ Footprint
  • Lancaster University - Using Lancaster’s best free resource - Lancaster University wind turbine
  • Newcastle University - Newcastle University go smarter to work: Shifting attitudes and behaviour towards sustainable travel
  • University of Oxford - Oxford University Bodleian Libraries team read between the lines looking for £100,000
  • University of Reading - Delivering science lab safety and comfort sustainably
  • University of Salford - State of the art carbon savings
  • University of Salford - Creating a carbon saving case study on campus
Carbon Reduction Finalists

Construction and Refurbishment Finalists

  • Coleg Gwent - The BGLZ Campus
  • Durham University - Durham Business School
  • Nottingham Trent University - A seamless transition between old and new
  • University of East Anglia - The Julian Study Centre
  • University of Edinburgh - Transformation of Edinburgh’s Old High School into an award-winning, low carbon hub
  • University of Exeter - Revolving Green Fund turns Cornwall House on its head
  • University of Portsmouth - The University of Portsmouth Data Centre
  • University of Worcester - Historical building with a celebrated past providing new inspiration and outstanding accommodation
Construction and Refurbishment Finalists

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change Finalists

  • Aston University - Aston Go Green
  • Ball State University - From the ground-up: a whole-systems approach to institutional change
  • Blackpool and The Fylde College  - Involvement, understanding and passion – Blackpool and The Fylde College’s journey to sustainability
  • Keele University - Greening Keele through hearts and minds: making sustainability part of all activity
  • London School of Economics - LSE: sustainability embedded
  • Loughborough University - Loughborough’s Environmental Decathlon - embedding environmental management through competitiveness 
  • University of Edinburgh - Understanding our impact on the world - becoming a socially responsible university
  • University of Gloucestershire - The map is not the territory: from strategy to reality at the University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Strathclyde - Sustainable Strathclyde; a slow but sustainable success journey

The winner of this category will go forward to the International Green Gown Awards

Courses and Learning Finalists

  • Aston University - The Aston MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability – developing responsible leaders of tomorrow
  • Cranfield University - Framework for a sustainable future: integrating technology, environment and management in policy-making
  • Dumfries and Galloway College - Linking environmental issues to the care curriculum
  • Nottingham Trent University - Food for thought - sustainability in practice
  • Plymouth University - Nursing sustainability by design: embedding healthcare sustainability in curricula through interdisciplinary learning
  • South Devon College - South West Energy Centre, training for a bright future in the Low Carbon Sector
  • The University of Nottingham - Driving for change with an Open Online Course: Sustainability, society and you
  • University of Edinburgh - Geoscience Outreach: A sustainable course for sustainable learning and enterprise
  • University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion: Weaving sustainability through flexible learning fashion courses
  • University of the West of Scotland - Using Green Impact as a learning tool to embed sustainability into teaching
  • University of Worcester - Tree huggers, liars and economic collapse? The challenge of sustainability

Enterprise Finalists

  • Coventry University - ReFreshed UnLtd - from counterfeit to classroom
  • Plymouth University - The Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise
  • University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union - Empowering students for sustainability through social enterprise at the University of Gloucestershire
  • University of the Arts London - Centre for Sustainable Fashion: Nike Making Project
  • University of Worcester - Our space your place – developing sustainable graduate enterprises

Facilities and Services Finalists

  • Sheffield College - The Green Trail
  • South Coast Affinity Group - SCAG – Not just a ‘rubbish’ acronym; but a partnership made in heaven
  • University of Dundee -The 4 R’s of resources
  • University of Leeds - Sustainable Garden at the University of Leeds
  • University of Strathclyde - Embedding highly segregated waste collections while avoiding a riot
  • University of the West of Scotland - UWS Community Gardens providing living laboratories, social event space and community engagement
  • University of Worcester - Bike Loan - mass bike hire on a shoestring
Facilities and Services Finalists

Food and Drink Finalists

  • Plymouth University - Local. Sustainable. Fresh
  • South Devon College - FUNDamental Food – Smart use of bursary funds
  • The University of Manchester - Largest university joins co-operative to help small local organic food producers
  • University of Brighton - Field to fork, bringing the veg back home
  • University of Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh’s vision for sustainable food
  • University of Gloucestershire - Catering with a conscience
  • Roehampton Students' Union & University of Roehampton – Growhampton
Food and Drink Finalists

Research and Development Finalists

  • Cranfield University - The Nano Membrane Toilet: a toilet for everyone without water or energy
  • Queen’s University Belfast - Saving millions of lives by enhancing the solar disinfection of water (SODIS)
  • University of Cambridge - A platform for research and action: The Living Laboratory for Sustainability
  • University of Huddersfield - Saving the Forest - community enterprise development in SW Ethiopia
  • University of the Arts London - Centre for Sustainable Fashion: Local Wisdom and Craft of Use Project
  • University of The West of England - Developing the CIPS Sustainability Index (CSI)
Research and Development Finalists

Social Responsibility Finalists

  • Hull College - East Hull Voids transform lives
  • Keele University Student's Union - KeeleSU fashion show: Sustainable fashion
  • Newcastle University - The big clear out!
  • The University of Liverpool Guild of Students - Students championing sustainability outreach, with the Green Schools project
  • The University of Manchester - The Works – The University of Manchester’s Local Employment and Skills Centres
  • University of Aberdeen - Project SEARCH Aberdeen
  • University of Salford - The Salford Institute for Dementia and becoming a Dementia Friendly University
  • University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion: Crafting partnership with St Joseph’s Hospice
  • University of Worcester - Your Green Future - new opportunities in a changing world

The winner of this category will go forward to the International Green Gown Awards

Student Engagement Finalists

  • Blackpool and The Fylde College - Turbulent times create inquisitive minds
  • City University London - Green Dragons
  • De Montfort University - DMU Square Mile
  • Manchester Metropolitan University - Met MUnch
  • Redbridge Institute of Adult Education - Inside Outside Sculpture Trail and EcoGarden
  • University of Bradford - Our Green Energy Challenge
  • University of Central Lancashire Students’ Union - Sally the Slug - innovative strategies for student and staff engagement
  • University of Chester - How to turn the tap off with a trashion show! 
  • University of Exeter Students’ Guild - Students’ Green Unit: students shaping sustainability through behavioural change

The winner of this category will go forward to the International Green Gown Awards
Student Engagement Finalists

Technical Innovation for Sustainability Finalists

  • De Montfort University - SmartSpaces – putting the smile into energy and water saving 
  • University of Worcester Students’ Union - ENERGIZE WORCESTER - students drive energy efficiency in their homes and beyond
  • University of Cambridge - 'Of Engineers and Occupants' - Energy efficiency through innovative ventilation control
  • University of East Anglia - Building a demand-side power station
  • University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion: Not too many irons in the fire
Technical Innovation for Sustainability Finalists

Leadership Finalists

  • Professor Patrick Bailey - Dean of Natural Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor (Environment & Sustainability), Keele University
  • Professor John Brooks - Vice Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Professor Daniella Tilbury - Dean of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire
  • Professor James Longhurst - Assistant Vice Chancellor, Environment and Sustainability, University of the West of England
Leadership Finalists

Sustainability Champion Finalists

  • Ian Rowe - Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Coleg Gwent
  • Keith Holmes - Facilities Manager, School of Art and Design, Coventry University
  • Shane Foster - Head of SchooL, Construction and Green Energy Skills, Hull College
  • Jonathan Cresswell - Assistant College Manager, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter
  • Roisin Lyle-Collins - GUEST (Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team) coordinator, University of Glasgow
  • Emily Rye - Environmental Coordinator, University of Huddersfield
  • Diana Baker - Student (BSc Environmental Management), University of Salford
  • Rachel Clowes - Embroidery Technician, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London
  • Joel Cardinal - Head of Energy and Sustainability, University of Warwick
Sustainability Champion Finalists

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