2013 Finalists

With 81 motivational and inspiring sustainability projects representing 53 educational institutions across the UK, the EAUC are delighted and proud to announce the Finalists of the Green Gown Awards 2013 - all vying for the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the tertiary education sector.

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“In the face of tumultuous change, sustainability is revealing its value to the education sector.  With Green Gown Award application numbers even higher than last year these sector leaders are finding new ways to build financially viable and resilient organisations which prepare employable graduates who are ready for the challenges ahead.” says Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC.

2013 has proven to be another excellent year for applications to the Awards. With 216 applications received across 13 categories, there were some clear category favourites! The top 3 categories representing 42% of the overall applications were; Student and Staff Engagement (15%), Sustainability Champion (14%) and Facilities and Services (13%).

The newly introduced “Sustainability Champion” category, open to both staff and students at a tertiary education institution, recognises people at any level who have worked hard at implementing a sustainability project/initiative (or several) and whose involvement has made a positive impact be that on their peers, their institution, their students, their local community or their local workforce. Nominees are put forward by their peers and we are delighted that the Awards can recognise the individual “people” impact as well as those at the institutional level. 

Stage one applications for the Awards closed in June and a judging panel, representing the diversity of the tertiary education sector and experts in the various fields, provided a shortlist of entrants – the Finalists. These Finalists are now asked to submit their Stage 2 applications with a deadline in September. The winners of the Green Gown Awards 2013 will be announced at the Green Gown Awards’ Ceremony to be held at The Roundhouse, Derby College on Tuesday 12 November 2013.

Sharing excellence

As the ethos of the Green Gown Awards is to ensure the lessons and examples of good practice within the tertiary education sector are shared and replicated in other institutions or can serve as an encouragement to others to initiate new projects, a library of case studies and videos from previous Green Gown Finalists is widely promoted and offers a wealth of motivational resources. To access this please visit:

A fitting Awards Ceremony venue

To celebrate the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding the Awards Ceremony in not only a sector venue but also one that holds sustainability at its core and has amassed a string of sustainability awards for its ongoing work across campus – encompassing the ethos of the Awards itself – the sharing of sustainability good practice across the tertiary education sector. This year’s venue is The Roundhouse, Derby College.

The Roundhouse, Derby, is a beautiful and magnificent series of truly iconic buildings that have a world-renowned status in railway history. The Roundhouse itself was built in 1839 and is the world's oldest surviving railway turning shed. It is a listed building. Following a £48 million renovation, it has been returned to its former glory with original features restored.

“We are very much looking forward to hosting the Awards” says Mandie Stravino, the Chief Executive of Derby College. “We welcome our EAUC colleagues and Green Gown Awards Finalists to share our inspirational learning environment and their knowledge of best practice”.

We are also delighted to announce that our Awards Ceremony host is Professor Iain Stewart, MBE.

Iain is Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth. He is described as geology’s “rock star,” and is best known to the public as the presenter of a number of science programmes for the BBC, including the BAFTA nominated Earth: The Power of the Planet.

For more information visit www.eauc.org.uk/ceremony

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