Blogs

Welcome to the Green Gown Awards blogs section! You will find a mixture of blogs from our winners and finalists as well as partners, company members, and of course, ourselves.

These aim to be interesting, informative and inspirational! Together, we believe we can lead and empower the post-16 education sector to make sustainability 'just good business'. These Green Gown Award blogs will help show what is happening across the sector from different perspectives and how we can work together to make a better tomorrow.

If you are a finalist and have a blog post you would like to submit - just email us.

Continuous Improvement on Sustainability is Fundamental to Institutional Change (UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards)

Jenny Jamieson, Policy Officer and Outcome Manager of EAUC Scotland in the Research and Innovation Directorate at the Scottish Funding Council outlines why continuous improvement on sustainability is fundamental to institutional change.  Jenny is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

The Scottish Funding Council is proud to sponsor the category ‘Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change’ in 2017 for the Green Gown Awards UK and Ireland.  This category resonates with much of what the Scottish Funding Council is aiming to achieve, both in the college and university sectors in Scotland and with the ambitions of many of our stakeholders. Read more...

Running a Sustainable Catering Operation (UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards)

Matt White, Chair of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO), looks at the approaches higher and further education institutions are implementing to reduce the environmental impact of catering outlets. 

“We are very proud to once again be sponsoring the Green Gown Awards. It is imperative that the higher and further education sector continues to look for new ways to drive sustainability and it’s inspiring to see the incredible steps this year’s finalists are making in this area. Read more...
 

Green Gowns: Making Educated Choices Around the Environment (UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards)

We spoke to Emily Gingell, Marketing Assistant for publication University Business (Green Gown Awards media partner) about how post-16 education can lead the way in embedding sustainability.

In today’s fast-paced HE landscape, universities are focusing more than ever on going greener. Sustainability is a key strategic issue for today’s universities; not only is it a way for them to proactively contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly society, but it can also help them to stand out from their competitors. Read more...

Sustainable Printing the Seacourt Way (UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards)

Thanks to print firm Seacourt, our 2017 Green Gown Awards brochure is the greenest ever produced.  It is printed on carbon neutral, 100% recycled paper using vegetable-based, VOC-free inks, using LightTouch print technology - waterless and free of harmful chemicals. It is produced by a circular economy business - Seacourt is zero waste, powered by 100% renewable energy and certified by ClimateCare as Beyond Carbon Neutral. It’s important to practice what you preach.
 
We spoke to Seacourt MD Gareth Dinnage about how Seacourt became so sustainable. Read more...

Green Gowns: From Eco Designs to Ocean Clean Up (UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards)

Linda Thomas owns Linda Thomas Eco Design and creates the iconic green gowns bestowed upon Green Gown Award winners. Find out about her journey from Green Gowns to Marine Waste in here own words.

"I became in involved with EAUC in 2015 after my eco dresses were in a fashion show at Colston Hall, Bristol for part of European Green Capital and Big Green Week. I liked that EAUC had joined up thinking and was celebrating sustainability in a sustainable way. Read more...

Green Gowns Judging and the Hot Topics in Education (UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards)

Iain Patton, CEO at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), talked to representatives from the education, business and sustainability sectors about megatrends in education.

Sustainability is fast becoming the most frequently used term in strategic thinking. You will find it across all sectors and in many guises – call it ‘corporate responsibility’, ‘resilience’, ‘environmental management’, ‘the circular economy’ – it all comes back to creating processes that meets the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. 
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