2016 Finalists

EAUC is proud to announce an inspiring 115 Finalists in the 2016 Green Gown Awards. That’s a combined population of 1.5 million students and 240,000 staff benefiting from pioneering teaching, leadership, research and student sustainability excellence.

We are delighted to be able to share with you a snap shot of the all the Green Gown Awards 2016 Finalists’ projects which have been put together in the Finalists’ Brochure. It is truly an inspirational read and as well as providing an overview of each project, it also includes words of advice from each institution on their top project learnings. The Awards’ ethos is to share and promote sustainability within the tertiary education sector. Apart from being of great interest, we hope it inspires you to implement similar projects at your own institutions. We wish to thank all the Finalists’ for providing this information and we wish them all the best of luck on 10 November at the Athena, Leicester where the winners will be announced. 

Case studies and short videos are being collected from all the Finalists and we will let you know when these will be available on the Sustainability Exchange. 

The Green Gown Awards Finalists’ Brochure and Guest Directory (also available to download from the foot of the page).  



Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK and Ireland as the education sector leads a path to efficiency, employability and better quality of life for us all.

The education sector is a critical player in ensuring the next generation is equipped with the skills and experience required to provide a sustainable future. The Green Gown Awards celebrate pioneers that are taking the bold steps that are necessary to develop resilience and adaptability and to showcase the education sector’s contribution to society.

“The Green Gown Awards provide our learning institutions and their staff and students a real opportunity to break down the barriers and achieve engagement and change. The Awards bring together leaders, academics, managers, students and wider communities to recognise the pioneering achievements being made across education, both in the UK and globally, for a better quality of life and a more sustainable future.” says Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC.

“We recognise the fantastic contribution the Green Gown Awards make in celebrating and encouraging the excellent work on improving sustainability across higher education. This is such an important area for institutions in terms of reducing environmental impact, improving student experience and making financial savings.” says Nolan Smith, Director of Finance, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and support partner for the dissemination of the Awards and the case studies.

The judging panel consists of over 80 representatives from the diversity of the education sector and experts in the various fields, including Universities UK, Department of Energy and Climate Change, PwC, WWF and the United Nations Environment Programme.

The winners will be announced at the prestigious Green Gown Awards Ceremony held at The Athena situated in the Cultural Quarter, Leicester on 10 November, in partnership with De Montfort University (DMU) and University of Leicester. Book your place here.

The list of the 2016 finalists can be found below with the Finalists' Flyer and Press Release.


Best Newcomer

Abertay University - Innovating locally, transforming globally: Curriculum development and education for sustainable development at Abertay University

Bangor University - The sustainability lab@Bangor University

Field Studies Council - Carbon vision 2020

Royal Agricultural University - Green RAU – Caring for the fields and the beasts

University of Limerick - University of Limerick smarter travel

Waterford Institute of Technology - Finding WEAG!


Built Environment

Nottingham Trent University - ‘The Pavilion’

South Lanarkshire College - Mainstreaming sustainability

Swansea University - The Energy Safety Research Institute – The first BREEAM OUTSTANDING Educational Building in Wales

University of Aberdeen - Actively reducing energy use by going “passive”

University of Brighton & Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects - Sustainable refurbishment of the Cockcroft Building, University of Brighton

University of East Anglia & Adapt Low Carbon Group - The Enterprise Centre: Celebrating localism and low carbon futures at UEA

University of the West of England - Soft landings: Keeping it REAL


Carbon Reduction
Category Supporter: The Energy Consortium

Keele University - Embracing the carbon reduction challenge

London Metropolitan University - Lighting up London Met

Queen’s University Belfast - The Queen’s University Belfast Energy Team

The University of Liverpool - 4C - Co-generation Carbon Climate Care

The University of Oxford - The University of Oxford Carbon Reduction Programme

University of Cambridge - Major energy and carbon reduction works at Grade II listed 1934 -2010 Built Environment – Cambridge University Library

University of Cumbria - Lower mileage; lower carbon; lower costs

University of Lincoln - Saving space – The new carbon frontier

University of Stirling - Taking carbon to task at Stirling: The University of Stirling’s combined heat and power plant and residences development project


Ayrshire College - Get Kilmarnock active

Bangor University - #LoveYourClothesBangor

Kingston University - Changing Views: Re-naturalising the Hogsmill with a little help from our friends

The University of Nottingham - Diamond Wood - A new woodland for biodiversity and the community

The University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University & Oxford City Council - Low Carbon Oxford Week – Pop up green events across our city

University of Cambridge - North West Cambridge Development - Creating a long-lasting, sustainable new district for the University and City of Cambridge

University of Salford - Castle Irwell Flood Basin Project – keeping Salford dry

University of the West of England - Bristol Parkhive

University of the West of Scotland & Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland - ‘Engage, Empower, Embed’ – E3


Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change#

Durham University - Green move out

The London Institute of Banking & Finance - Financial futures

Newcastle University - Enough, for all, forever - Collaborative sustainability at Newcastle University

Sheffield Hallam University - Systems in harmony

The University of Nottingham - A decade of Driving Sustainable transport

University of Brighton - ‘c-change’ is in the air!

University of the West of England - Positive Footprint: Phase 2

University of Wales Trinity Saint David - INSPIRE@UWTSD – Leading continual, cross sector, organisational sustainable development


Enterprise and Employability

Aston University - Carbon week – embedding sustainability into all second year students

Royal Agricultural University - Think it, try it, launch it, grow it at the Royal Agricultural University

University of Gloucestershire - Taking a SIP: students learn the real-world taste of sustainability

University of Leicester - Applied Learning in Sustainability (APPLES)


Facilities and Services

Bangor University - #Love your halls

King’s College London - Green labs in King’s College London

Kingston University - KU re-use revolution

Nottingham Trent University - ‘Greening the City’

Swansea University - The incredible journey

University of Birmingham - Brum brum: Driving greener fuels at Birmingham

University of Edinburgh - Responsible investment: Making money matter

University of Reading - Extracting carbon savings from our science labs

University of Salford - Choose to reUSe

University of York - Helping bees and other pollinators


Food and Drink
Category Supporter: TUCO

Nottingham Trent University - You are what you eat

South Devon College – Samphire – what a pickle

The University Of Sheffield - University of Sheffield brings ‘superfresh’ milk to its campus

University of Cambridge & Vegware - Cambridge, cups, compost: Vegware’s compostable disposables enabling zero waste catering

University of Chester - Encouraging sustainability through hospitality: the Chester way

University of Greenwich - Greenwich’s recipe for success

Learning and Skills

Blackpool & The Flyde College - E- Learning for E-veryone

Canterbury Christ Church University - The Futures Initiative: Building capacity for long term curriculum change

Keele University - The Trojan mouse of sustainability: ‘Dropping’ sustainability into education

Sheffield Hallam University - A sustainable education for future business leaders

The London School of Economics & Political Science - Sustainabilit-e-training

The University of Liverpool - Students share and shape their campus showcasing sustainability

University of Edinburgh - Our changing world – Addressing global challenges through academic research

University of Gloucestershire - Regeneration for the Future: collaborative academic innovation for the next generation of design change-makers

University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion - The beauty’s inside

University of the West of England - Our green City: Global challenges, Bristol solutions


Research and Development
Category Supporter: SALIX


Will Barber - Coventry University

Danielle Elizabeth Butler - University of Salford 

Alex Lerczak - University of Chester


Newcastle University - The “Toon Monsoon’s” silver lining - Climate change adaption at Newcastle University

University of East Anglia - My starfish have fins!

University of Leeds & Asda Partnership - Changing food waste behaviours

Student Engagement#
Category Supporter: Scottish Funding Council

Anglia Ruskin University - ARU Green Student Societies Fund

Canterbury Christ Church University - Beer Bread and Honey: Connecting people and place with food and heritage

Glasgow School of Art - The R A D I A L Project

Students’ Union University of Greenwich - A Student Hub for Sustainability and Employability

Swansea University - The Student SWell

The Students’ Union at UWE - The Green Team - #ThinkGreenBeGreat

University of Brighton - c-change: creating a sea change at the University of Brighton

University of Southampton - Educating Global Citizens: The UK’s first international student sustainability research symposium

University of the West of England & University of Bristol - Green Capital: Student Capital - Unleashing the power of Bristol’s Students

University of Warwick - Saving the Dough: Food “Waste” at Warwick

Sustainability Reporting*

Category Supporter: PwC UK

De Montfort University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Plymouth University

Queen Mary University of London

The London School of Economics & Political Science

University of the Arts London

University of London

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

University of Worcester


Leadership Award

Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, DBE FREng - Aston University

Dr Einir Young - Bangor University

Professor Tim Burt - Durham University

Professor Jim Longhurst - University of the West of England


Sustainability Champion Award


Karen Elliott - University of Chester

Tianqi Li - Newcastle University

Ulrich Pohanka - Keele University 

Brittany Pummell - Coventry University

Andy Stride FRSA - The University of Nottingham


Richard Brett - Goldsmiths, University of London

Kevin Casey - The University of Manchester

David Dougan - Ayrshire College

David Emley - Keele University

Gail Houghton - Walsall College Students’ Union

Nan Taplin, Senior Secretary - University of Cambridge


Sustainability Professional Award
Category Supporter: EAUC

Paulo Cruz - Glasgow Caledonian University

Richard Groves - Goldsmiths, University of London

Martin Howes - University of Cambridge

Trina Innes - University of Alberta

Ian Lane - University of the Arts London

Dr Petra Molthan-Hill - Nottingham Trent University

* New category for 2016
# Included in the International Green Gown Awards

2016 Green Gown Awards Finalists' Brochure and Guest Directory 

2016 Finalists' Press Release 

2016 Finalists Flyer