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Deadline: 31 January 2019

Why enter the International Green Gown Awards?

The International Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. The Awards cover all aspects of educational institutions – from their teaching and research, leadership, buildings and food to how students can benefit the quality of life in the communities around them. The Awards provide the sector with benchmarks for excellence and are respected by Government, funding councils, senior management, academics and students.

The International Green Gown Awards are supported by UN Environment and are open to any university or college across the world*.

The Green Gown Awards are run in the UK and Ireland, Australasia, French speaking Europe and Canada and globally through the International Green Gown Awards. We bring them together with the winners from each region going head to head for a coveted International Green Gown Award.

The ethos of the Green Gown Awards is to ensure the lessons and example of good practice are shared and will put universities and colleges as leaders in sustainability as well as being able to continue their learning from global leaders. The International Green Gown Awards are administered by the EAUC.

There is no limit on the number of applications or categories each institution can enter. Entry is free of charge.

The categories are:

Stage 1 of the International Green Gown Awards are open to all institutions globally*. The Stage 2 of the International Green Gown Awards will see the Stage 1 Finalists along with the Winners from the Regional Green Gown Awards.

*See Exceptions below.

Important Dates

31 January 2019 - Application Deadline
20 February 2019 - Finalists announced
20 March 2019 - Video deadline for Finalists
May/June 2019* – International Green Gown Awards Ceremony - Winners announced

* Date and location to be confirmed

Reward your sustainability journey

Applying for an International Green Gown Award will not only motivate your team, management and students but it will inspire others in the sector to do more and opens the doors to new opportunities:

Winning an International Green Gown Award will bring huge awareness and positive press to not only your institution as a whole but also to the profile of sustainability within it.


If your region already has an existing Green Gown Awards programme then you can only apply once to your regional Green Gown Award programme and are NOT eligible to apply for the International Green Gown Awards. If your institution has a campus outside of these regions then the regional campus initiatives are eligible for entry. The following Green Gown Award Programmes exist:

UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards
Green Gown Awards Australasia
Les Trophées des campus responsables (French speaking Europe & Canada)