Categories and Criteria


Here are the 2015 categories 

All categories are open to any tertiary education establishment – including all post-16 educational institutions such as colleges, universities and learning and skills institutions. Specific categories are also aimed at student applications and 3rd party applications. Judges are allowed discretion to award up to 2 winners for each category to distinguish between large and small institution applications (based on a distinction on full time equivalent student numbers of 6,500). However, this will only be done when applications are of a high quality– it is not mandatory.

NEW FOR 2015 - for the Best Newcomer category judges will have the discretion to award up to 2 winners for this category to distinguish between Colleges and Universities. However, this will only be done when applications are of a high quality and is not mandatory for judges to do so.

All categories will be awarded to the lead institution* with the exception of the  individual categories - Sustainability Champion Award (Staff and Student), Sustainability Professional Award and Leadership Award – which recognise an individual within an institution.

* We recognise that partnerships can have a significant role to solving sustainability issues and these will be recognised – if appropriate - in the form of a group/partnership name.

Organisation Categories:

Individual Categories:

International Green Gown Awards

The Green Gown Awards are run in the UK, Australasia and French speaking Europe and Canada. We bring them together with the winners from each region going head to head for the coveted International Green Gown Award. The judging criteria will be based on the project as a whole, with the ultimate deciding factor being which project has the biggest scale of impact (dissemination, replication, within and outside of the sector, national  and international reach). It will be based on Stage 2 applications - a separate application is not required and your entry is automatic.

Generic criteria:

To make a strong application please provide facts and figures to support your application and meet all the criteria within your chosen category. You should also include the following generic criteria:

  • Demonstrate the impact of any measures taken

  • Provide quantitative clear data to support claims being made and include overall tonnes of CO2 saved using the DEFRA/DECC conversion factors. Include, where appropriate, metrics such as: carbon savings relative to output/activity. This might be tCO2/student or tCO2/staff member and/or cost of a project relative to the amount of carbon that has been saved, i.e. £/tCO2. Note: For the Carbon Reduction category, these figures MUST be included

  • Include savings made relating to carbon related issues

  • Demonstrate the impact of your initiative and show documented outcomes

  • Provide industry norm versus over and above requirements

  • Document mature projects which have been evaluated and monitored longitudinally. Note: for the Built Environment category, the building must be completed and date of completion included within the application

  • Applications need to go above and beyond standard practice

  • Explain clearly how the project includes academic staff and/or professional sector staff/support staff and include numbers of others involved including students. Where students and staff are involved, as well as including the actual numbers, include how they were involved and what impact/influence they have had

  • If your initiative is a joint partnership or includes 3rd parties, provide details on the roles of all parties and state who is the main driver

  • Small institution criteria is below a full time equivalent of 6,500 students

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