The Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland 2018 is open for stage 1 applicants with a closing date of 8 June. They 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 third party applications (such as catering suppliers, waste companies, transport providers, accommodation providers, architects etc. working or partnering with post-16 educational institutions).
The Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of environmental best practice within the further and higher education sectors. The Awards provide the sector with benchmarks for excellence and are respected by Government, funding councils, senior management, academics and students. Working on sustainability projects in your institution is common practice these days but how do you inspire and motivate your team, management and students to do more? Applying for a Green Gown Award not only motivates those involved but it inspires others in the sector to do more and opens the doors to new opportunities.
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.
It must be evidenced that the initiative enhances the student’s enterprise skills as well as resulting in beneficial social and environmental impacts. It must be evidenced that alumni impact benefits society.
Initiatives can be existing students or alumni (up to a maximum of 3 years from leaving the institution) and can be individuals or collectives.
This category is an institutional award.
Other categories of interest:
BENEFITTING SOCIETY www.greengownawards.org/categories-and-criteria-2018#Benefitting%20Society
RESEARCH WITH IMPACT
We wish to update you on what is new this year and encourage you to apply with one (or several) of your outstanding sustainability projects. You’ve put in all the hard work so why not reward you and your team’s efforts. We have also listened to your feedback and simplified the stage 2/finalist application process, saving you valuable time. Applying for a Green Gown Award this year could not be easier. Entries are free and below and attached is a snapshot of what’s new.
STAGE 1 CLOSES IN JUST OVER 2 WEEKS – FRIDAY 8 JUNE.