2016 Winners

Host Mike Barry and DMU Gospel Choir Co-host Iain Patton

Universities and colleges from across the UK and Ireland have shown how they are leading the path to efficiency, employability and creating a better future of life for us all. Education is proving how sustainability is just good business sense. From the efficient buildings they create and the effective way they use energy, to how they create students fit for the future, their research in finding better ways to adapt to a changing climate and the communities they impact, universities and colleges are at the forefront of radically creating a better future.

This was evident at the 12th Green Gown Awards 2016, held at the Athena in Leicester on Thursday 10th November, in partnership with De Montfort University (DMU) and University of Leicester. It was a celebration of remarkable sustainability initiatives, starring 21 Winners and 26 Highly Commended entries from 115 finalists representing 1.5 million students and 240,000 staff. With an audience of 390 sustainability leaders applauding sustainability excellence within tertiary education, the Green Gown Awards celebrated those that are making the radical change that is needed to make all our lives better.

Best Newcomer

WINNER - Field Studies Council - Carbon vision 2020 (Large Institution)

WINNER - Royal Agricultural University - Green RAU – Caring for the fields and the beasts (Small Institution)

HIGHLY COMMENDED - University of Limerick - University of Limerick smarter travel

Built Environment

WINNER - South Lanarkshire College - Mainstreaming sustainability (Small Institution)

WINNER - University of Aberdeen - Actively reducing energy use by going “passive” (Large Institution)

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

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

Carbon Reduction

Category Supporter: The Energy Consortium

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED - London Metropolitan University - Lighting up London Met

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


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

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Ayrshire College - Get Kilmarnock active

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

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change#

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED - The London Institute of Banking & Finance - Financial futures

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

Enterprise and Employability

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

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED - University of Leicester - Applied Learning in Sustainability (APPLES)

Facilities and Services

WINNER - University of Reading - Extracting carbon savings from our science labs

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Bangor University - #LoveHalls

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

Food and Drink
Category Supporter: TUCO

WINNER - South Devon College – Samphire – what a pickle (Small Institution)

WINNER - University of Chester - Encouraging sustainability through hospitality: the Chester way (Large Institution)

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Nottingham Trent University - You are what you eat

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

Learning and Skills

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

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

Research and Development
Category Supporter: SALIX


WINNER - Danielle Elizabeth Butler - University of Salford 

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Alex Lerczak - University of Chester


WINNER - University of East Anglia - My starfish have fins!

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED - University of Leeds & Asda Partnership - Changing food waste behaviours

Student Engagement#
Category Supporter: Scottish Funding Council

WINNER - Glasgow School of Art - The R A D I A L Project (Small Institution)

WINNER - University of the West of England & University of Bristol - Green Capital: Student Capital - Unleashing the power of Bristol’s Students (Large Institution)

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

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

Sustainability Reporting*

Category Supporter: PwC UK

WINNER - Plymouth University

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Manchester Metropolitan University


Leadership Award

WINNER - Professor Jim Longhurst - University of the West of England

Sustainability Champion Award


WINNER - Andy Stride FRSA - The University of Nottingham

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Ulrich Pohanka - Keele University 


WINNER - David Emley - Keele University

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Richard Brett - Goldsmiths, University of London

Sustainability Professional Award

Category Supporter: EAUC

WINNER - Dr Petra Molthan-Hill - Nottingham Trent University

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Trina Innes - University of Alberta

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Ian Lane - University of the Arts London

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