Applications for the 13th annual Green Gown Awards UK and Ireland are now open. These awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken across the UK and Ireland. There are 15 categories are they are open to any post-16 education establishment and entry is free.
Don’t let being a small institution put you off! Judges have the discretion to award up to two winners for all categories - to recognise both large and small institutions. Applications must be received by noon on 7 June 2017.
Category Focus: Community
This category recognises initiatives by tertiary education institutions which create significant benefits for local communities, disadvantaged groups (including disability and accessibility in the broader sense) and/or society as a whole in either the UK (or host country) or developing countries. As well as specific initiatives, this category includes institutions taking a leading and visionary role in multi-partner activities such as community development or urban regeneration.
This category recognises social, social media and sustainable enterprise as key ingredients of contemporary education to ensure a supply of education leavers who can rise to the 21st century's economic, environmental and social challenges. Enterprise skills such as creativity, innovation, resilience, opportunity recognition and self-determination are crucial elements, as are the entrepreneurial skills for new business generation. These may arise from activities within the curriculum, be part of extra curricula initiatives or be a product of the Living Lab approach, such as linkages of research output with enterprise that transform and benefit society. Award winning work can be with students, graduates, post-graduate researchers, academics and the business community to build enterprise skills and capability across any aspect of the institutions mission.
This category recognises the importance of research and development by tertiary education as a driver of sustainable development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Possible activities include: Research and development leading to mitigation of environmental and wider sustainability based impacts related to existing technology; Research and development that has created new products with demonstrable superiority to existing ones with regard to sustainability; Research that incorporates the above two, and other principles, as part of a Living Lab project that is successful in co-creating & co-implementing a transformation.