Awards Ceremony

Green Gown Awards Ceremony, Brunel's Old Station, Bristol
Thursday 26 November 2015


This year we are proud to announce that the Green Gown Awards will be coming to Bristol, the European Green Capital for 2015. And not only that, the Awards Ceremony will take place in one of the oldest train stations in the world, at Brunel's original adjoining Passenger Shed which is now an atmospheric venue which offers a perfect setting for our Awards’ celebrations.

Brunel's Old Station is an outstanding Grade 1 listed Victorian building and is one of the largest events venues in the South West of England. In addition to that, it is in an excellent location adjoining Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station in the centre of Bristol.

We will be working closely with our partners, University of Bristol and  University of the West of England, to showcase the best of Bristol.

The Green Gown Awards black-tie ceremony brings together the leaders, drivers and thinkers of sustainability initiatives within the tertiary education sector. Show your support for and get inspiration from the finalists by being a part of the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the education sector.

Enjoy the evening with your peers and fellow finalists and be present when all the winners and highly commended entries are announced. It could be you and your chance to shine!

Our host

We are pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Garrad will be our Ceremony Host. Andrew is Chairman of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.

In 1984 Andrew Garrad co-founded the Garrad Hassan Group which grew to become the world’s largest renewable energy consultancy.  It is now part of DNV GL.  Garrad Hassan twice won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise.

Dr Garrad has been involved in wind energy for more than 30 years.  From 2013 to 2014 he was President of European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and he is a past-Chairman of the British Wind Energy Association.  In 2006 he received the EWEA’s Poul la Cour prize and in 2015 he received the Aeolus prize from the Hellenic Wind Energy Association. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is an Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford.

"I am delighted that, towards the end of our year as European Green Capital, Bristol is hosting the Green Gown Awards. They recognise the important role that academic institutions play in ensuring that young people have a proper understanding of both the challenges and the opportunities presented by sustainability." Dr Andrew Garrad

Our sustainability ethos

Over the coming months, we will be working with our partners - the Soil Association and University of Bristol and University of the West of England - to deliver an event in line with the EAUC’s Sustainability Policy.

We will be encouraging all delegates to take public transport to/from the venue wherever possible – and with the venue at Bristol Temple Meads train station and a very short walk to the main door, we hope many will do so. If delegates must travel by car we recommend to use the EAUC Car Share scheme. Details can be found at

We only print the Finalists’ Brochure with Guest Directory and the menu – with recognised environmentally-friendly printing techniques and 100% recycled paper. All other elements are communicated electronically.

We are working with our suppliers to re-use and recycle materials where possible.

We are working with the venue to use local suppliers.

What is the European Green Capital?

The European Green Capital is a prestigious annual award designed to promote and reward the efforts of cities to improve the environment.
Nominated cities face stiff competition from all over Europe and Bristol is the first ever UK city to win the award. The award recognises Bristol’s environmental performance. Bristol won by proving they have achieved high environmental standards; have ambitious goals for sustainable development and can act as a role model to inspire other cities.

European Green Capital is run by The European Commission, recognising that Europe’s urban societies face many environmental challenges – and that sustainable, low-carbon living is vital to the future of our cities and our people.

The award was first won by Stockholm in 2010. Since then, Hamburg, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nantes and Copenhagen have carried the torch.

"2015 is Bristol’s year. It presents a great opportunity to reinforce our environmental ambition and to channel our energy, experience and belief, behind our shared vision to justify our position as the UK's greenest, most innovative and most vibrant city”
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

Click here to find out more about Bristol European Green Capital

Brunel’s Old Station...then

Brunel’s Old Station was designed in 1841 by one of the world’s most famous architects, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The entire railway station was built on the same scale as a cathedral, yet the project was completed in just two years. The building was a masterpiece of its time.

To make the station as unique as possible, Brunel had to tackle a variety of design issues and functions that had never before been resolved in one building project. Designing an engine shed, passenger hall, ticket office and goods area, as well as stabling for hundreds of horses and an engineering shop were just a few obstacles he faced. The station was also not permitted a site within the medieval walls of the city, so Brunel chose to place it within the water meadows of Temple Parish, which stood just beyond the Temple Gate of the City. On completion the timber and iron roof of the passenger shed formed the widest single span of its age.

Brunel’s Old

Today, Brunel’s Old Station remains one of Bristol’s most fascinating and historical best kept secrets. The Grade 1 building, nominated as a World Heritage Site in recognition of its international importance, was rescued by the Empire and Commonwealth Trust in the 1980’s with the active support of the Railway Heritage Trust and English Heritage.

The main entrance of Brunel’s Old Station now stands within the former Engine and Carriage Shed, where the locomotives filled their tanks with water from a massive water-tower. The enduring versatility and appeal of this Bristol venue is reflected in the events, meetings and conferences its hosts today, from large Asian weddings, to business meetings, cider festivals and food fairs. Brunel's Old Station is conveniently located right next to the city’s modern day railway station of Bristol Temple Meads.

Click here for further information on Brunel's Old Station

Timings for the evening

Registration and drinks reception will take place from 6.30pm with the Dinner and the Awards presentation taking place at 7.00pm ending at 11.00pm. Entertainment until 1.00am. This event is black tie.

Directions to the venue

Brunel's Old Station is located in the historic railway terminus building of the Great Western Railway situated right next to Bristol's Temple Meads railway station. Click here for further directions.

Accommodation options

Visit Welcome to Bristol

Awards Ceremony
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Ceremony Sponsor
Ceremony Sponsor

Ceremony Sponsor
Ceremony Sponsor

Awards Ceremony
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Dr Andrew Garrad, Ceremony Host
Dr Andrew Garrad, Ceremony Host

Brunel's Old Station now
Brunel's Old Station now

Brunel's Old station then
Brunel's Old station then

The venue
The venue


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