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23.06.2010

Green Gown awards winners announced

The UK’s most sustainable universities & colleges are recognised

The winners of the annual Green Gown Awards, established to find the UK’s most sustainable universities and colleges, were announced at a prestigious gala banquet held at the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London on 16 June 2010, in the presence of VIP guests including the fabulous Comedian and Amateur Environmental Crusader, Mark Watson.

The winning entries were drawn from 191 applications, representing nearly 110 colleges and universities from across the UK. Each had to undergo a rigorous assessment process involving 44 expert judges from a range of relevant organisations including the Carbon Trust, The Association of College & University Business Officers (CUBO) and The Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

In their sixth year, the Awards recognise exceptional initiatives being taken by higher and further education institutions in order to become more sustainable. The scheme has a variety of categories in which universities and colleges can illustrate their achievements, in both academia and estates management.

The winning entries encompassed a wide range of innovative and diverse enterprises. The University of Strathclyde won the Social Responsibility category with a unique initiative – Engineering Excellence in Renewable Energy – that addresses social, economic and environmental factors to benefit students, the university and most importantly the international community. The University of Liverpool’s winning entry, PowerDown, in the Green ICT category demonstrated how their tried and tested tool was not only benefiting the university but was a huge value to the sector.

Commenting on the 2010 Green Gown Awards, Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC, who are the administrators of the Awards, said,

”This year’s winning and commended entries demonstrate not only that innovative institutions are taking successful action to minimise their environmental footprints and enhance their social contribution, but also that this is often accompanied by financial benefit. The scale of this benefit will increase as policy measures and regulations increase the costs of poor environmental performance, and as English universities, and eventually, perhaps, all of UK further and higher education, face the prospect of it reducing their funding. Sustainability is therefore compatible with the belt tightening that seems inevitable in future years.”

“The number and diversity of applications and Awards this year demonstrates that the demands of sustainable development are relevant to everyone and to every aspect of further and higher education.”

“We hope that the awards will provide inspiration and shared learning for the sector and will encourage all institutions to continue along the road to greater sustainability and improved environmental management.”

The Green Gown Awards were founded by HEEPI and are now administrated by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC). The 2010 awards are sponsored by: – The Carbon Trust, College and University Business Officers (CUBO), Future–Tech, The Higher Education Academy (HEA), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), The former Learning and Skills Council (LSC), Salix Finance, The Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Sodexo and The Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA).

Copy provided by Suzanne Rooke http://www.eauc.org.uk/home

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