Green Gown Awards 2017 Ceremony

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Not long now until the Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland Awards Ceremony taking place at The Monastery, Manchester on Wednesday 15 November 2017.

Online bookings are now closed, however, it is still possible to book tickets by calling the office (01242 714321) or emailing

For those of you already booked on - want to know who's on your table? Then take a look at the Guest Directory (from page 75 and onwards in the Finalists' Brochure and Guest Directory).  

Announcing our host ... Lemn Sissay, MBE

We are delighted to announce Lemn Sissay, MBE, will be co-hosting the 2017 Awards Ceremony alongside Iain Patton, CEO of the EAUC.

Lemn is the author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays.

The first poet commissioned to write for London Olympics, his Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London. 
Lemn is Chancellor of The University of Manchester, Trustee at The Foundling Museum, a Patron of both The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation and he is a regular contributor to radio and television.

Inspired by Lemn we are challenging our Finalists to tweet us a poem, the only criteria is it can only be 140 characters long! 

If you need some inspiration look no further than to Lemn himself:

On taking up his seven year installation as Chancellor at The University of Manchester in October 2015, Lemn is quoted as saying “I could not be in a more inspiring place on Earth than The University of Manchester. I want to embody the spirit of the University as its Chancellor I’m looking forward to meeting people from all parts of the world and trumpeting our ideals.”
Lemn commemorated the occasion with this moving poem Inspire and be Inspired. Lemn’s poetry inspires so many people and coupled with the wonderful Green Gown Award sustainability initiatives, we are delighted he will be our host.

Don't forget to take part in our Twitter poetry competition!

To be in with a chance of winning one of Lemn Sissay's books you just need to tweet your best 140 character poem. It needs to be about sustainability and have the @greengowns tag in it. If you don't follow us yet - you can find us tweeting here.

Timings for the evening

6.30pm  - Registration and drinks reception will take place
7.10pm  - Dinner followed by the Awards presentation
11.00pm - DJ/Bar until 1.00am
This event is black tie.

Directions to the venue

The Awards will take place at The Monastery, Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF

The Monastery is located just outside the city centre. Bus 206 or 205 both go to/from The Monastery/city centre/station and take 15 – 20 minutes.  The venue is a short distance from Ashbury’s Train Station, which connects with Manchester Piccadilly. It is roughly £7.00 in a taxi to the city centre.  

Manchester is a major cosmopolitan city. We recommend that you do not walk around late at night on your own. We will be doing taxi sign-up sheets for those who wish to order or share a taxi back to hotels/train station.

The Monastery Manchester has been hosting world-class events of all sizes including conferences, corporate dinners, product launches and Christmas parties for the past 10 years.  

The Great Nave - hosting the Awards Dinner and Ceremony is the main event space, and with its spectacular architecture is sure to wow. The Welcome Wing is the venue for the drinks reception - it is a carbon-neutral space with passive solar gain and newly built in February 2017. More information here

The Monastery holds a variety of different community events that promote, education, arts, health and well-being in the local community. For more details on the projects visit here

As a charitable organisation, all profits from every event held at The Monastery are reinvested to maintain the historic Grade II* listed building and to support the events and community outreach work done by The Monastery Trust. The Monastery is working towards the ISO 20121 International Sustainable Event Certification, and its brand new Welcome Wing is Zero Carbon.   

We will be working closely with our partners, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester and University of Salford, and other local providers to showcase the very best of Manchester.

The Green Gown Awards black-tie ceremony brings together the leaders, drivers and thinkers of sustainability initiatives within the tertiary education sector. Show your support for and get inspiration from the finalists by being a part of the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the education sector.

Enjoy the evening with your peers and fellow finalists and be present when all the winners and highly commended entries are announced. It could be you and your chance to shine!

Manchester Metropolitan are a leading sustainable University. The depth and breadth of sustainability activity undertaken reflects its determination to make positive contributions towards sustainable development, and put environmental sustainability at the heart of all that it does.

Ensuring that its staff and students are equipped with understanding and skills, and possess the motivation to act on current and future sustainable development challenges is key.

Manchester Metropolitan are a top three University in the People and Planet University League and in 2016 became the first HE institution in the UK to achieve the new and more challenging environmental management standard ISO14001:2015.

 “Manchester Metropolitan University is delighted to be jointly hosting the Green Gown Awards 2017 with the University of Manchester. These awards recognise and celebrate outstanding sustainability initiatives undertaken across the sector, that involve and engage students and staff.

Manchester Metropolitan University has built a strong reputation as a leading sustainable University, placed in the top ten performing Universities in the People and Planet University League for three consecutive years. I am proud that we have been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Green Gown Awards in the Enterprise category. We look forward to celebrating together in the achievements of all those who champion sustainability”  says Vice Chancellor, Professor Malcolm Press.

The University of Manchester has recently published its new environmental sustainability strategy and two associated plans: the living campus plan and the sustainable resources plan. Alongside this strategic focus, it has launched two major environmental sustainability engagement programmes: the Sustainability Challenge for all 8,000 first year undergraduate students and 10,000 Actions for all 10,000+ staff. Jointly, these have led to significantly increased engagement with sustainability related action on campus. Environmental sustainability is central to the University’s £1billion Masterplan programme, including the creation of a new park in the heart of the campus.

"I am delighted that the Green Gowns are being hosted in Manchester this year, especially as it has been such a momentous year for sustainability at The University of Manchester. In the space of eight weeks, all 8,000 of our undergraduate students and all 10,000+ of our staff were offered the opportunity to take part in sustainability initiatives through the Sustainability Challenge and 10,000 Actions. We are very proud of our contribution to sustainability in the higher education sector and look forward to sharing the successes of other institutions through the Green Gown Awards" says Professor James Thompson, Associate Vice-President for Social Responsibility. The University of Manchester is a finalist in the Learning and Skills category.

At the University of Salford we recognise the vital contribution that the higher education sector has to make towards sustainability within our ground-breaking Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZs). The ICZs: ‘unite staff, students, industry and communities in a multi-disciplinary, technology enabled environment in the pursuit of the shared goals of knowledge, learning and innovation.’ We are revolutionising the traditional academic offering to better meet industry, and therefore global sustainability, needs.

Energy is one of our key themes; with extensive research through our world-leading Energy House and a plethora of impact areas such as fuel poverty and retrofit technologies. We have reinforced this on campus by reducing our carbon emissions by over 40% since 2005.

"We are delighted to be supporting the Green Gown Awards this year with our fellow Greater Manchester institutions. As Universities, we are at the heart of this agenda from an innovation, research and development perspective, but also our role in civic society to lead by example, in terms of how we operate and how we try and encourage others to change behaviour. 

We are committed to a sustainable future. Our ICZ agenda is a fantastic opportunity to do good for our University, our community and our students to really make a difference in the World. The Sustainable Development Goals highlight the multidisciplinary challenges; it’s about people coming together, sharing their knowledge and ideas to spark different ways of doing things. We look forward to celebrating the successes of all the institutions recognised in this year’s Green Gown Awards." Professor Helen Marshall, Vice Chancellor University of Salford. The University of Salford is a finalist in both the Research and Development Student and Institution categories.

Our sustainability ethos

Over the coming months, we will be working closely with our partners, the venue,and the Soil Association to deliver an event in line with the EAUC’s Sustainability Policy.

We encourage delegates to take public transport to/from the venue wherever possible and will do taxi sharing from the venue back to local hotels. If delegates must travel by car we recommend to use the EAUC Car Share scheme. Details can be found at

We only print the Finalists’ Brochure with Guest Directory and menu – with recognised environmentally-friendly printing techniques and 100% recycled paper. All other elements are communicated electronically.

We are working with our suppliers to re-use and recycle materials where possible.

We are working with the venue to use local suppliers.

Accommodation options

The venue has provided a list of possible hotel options - see below (listed in distance order). We have not vetted any of these and therefore unable to vouch for them. We suggest that as well as contacting the hotels directly to enquire about availability and rates, that you use various online search portals to find the best deals. Since Manchester is always busy, we encourage you to book a hotel as soon as possible.

Travel Lodge Manchester Sportcity Hotel (0.5 miles from The Monastery)
Birch Street, Off Hyde Road, West Gorton, Manchester, M12 5NT
Contact: Central Reservations Telephone: 0871 984 6293. 

Holiday Inn Express Manchester East (1.3 miles from The Monastery)
Hyde Road  Manchester, M18 7LJ or alternative post code M18 7WY

Special offer: £75 per room per night including breakfast (based on single occupancy). 25 rooms are on hold for the event. Please phone 0871 902 1547 (calls are charged at 10p per minute from a BT landline, more from a mobile) and quote the "Green Gown Awards". The room can be cancelled up to 4pm on the day of arrival without any penalty.  

Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa (2.1 miles from The Monastery)
London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG 
Contact: Gemma Hammerton, Telephone: 0161 272 3200 

Staycity Apartments Manchester (2.4 miles from The Monastery)
40 Laystall Street, Manchester, M1 2JZ 
Contact: Sean Wilton. Telephone: 0161 236 7330 

Double Tree – Hilton (2.6 miles from The Monastery)
One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn St, Manchester, M1 3DG
Contact:  Collette Sherry. Telephone:  07710707460 

The Midland Hotel  (3.4 miles from The Monastery)
16 Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS  
Contact: Richard Rigby. Telephone: 0161 932 4060  
Monastery Rates: 10% discount on the best available rate for all Monastery clients.

The Lowry Hotel  (3.9 miles from The Monastery)
50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, M3 5LH 
Contact: Joe Paull. Telephone: 0161 827 4048  

Renaissance Manchester (3.9 miles from The Monastery)
Blackfriars Street, Manchester, M3 2EQ  
Contact:  Lisa Graham. Telephone:  07881 312 571 
Monastery Rates: 10% discount on the best available rate for all Monastery clients.

Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel (4 miles from The Monastery)
Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ 
Contact:  Pamela Reckert. Telephone: 0161 838 4139 
Monastery Rates: from £99.00 B&B double occupancy.